The Boat

Ring of Kerry is a 1986 Hans Christian 41T (Traditional) cutter,  hull #23 of 55 designed by Scott Sprague and built in Taiwan.  The Ring of Kerry (ROK for short) has a modified molokai interior. The original owner opted to exchange the aft head for two large lockers on the starboard side of the companionway giving us even more room to store our “stuff:”.    The ROK  has a split keel design with a skeg rudder which was intended to enhance maneuverability over that of the full keel 38T.

LOA: 51′ 0″ (including bowsprit)
LOD: 40′ 11″
LWL: 36′ 10″
Beam: 13′ 3″
Draft: 6′ 5″
Displacement: 35,500 lbs.  – weighing in at over 40,000 lbs. fully trimmed.
Ballast: 12,300 lbs. (iron)
Bridge Clearance: 59′ 0″
Sail Area: 1,148 sq. ft.

The ROK is a traditional style canoe-stern double ender with a big bowsprit, high bulwarks (good for Boomer),  a butterfly hatch that lets generous light and breeze sweep through the cabin, and husky bronze fittings throughout.

ROK was originally equipped with a Mercedes Nanni 75 HP diesel engine which we replaced  in 2017 with a new 80 HP Yanmar.


Built for comfort, the Ring of Kerry has a spacious interior loaded with rich teak and beautiful accents.   There are two sleeping cabins, a head with a shower located in the forepeak  a large galley with brand new refrigerator and freezer (July 2017)  and a sprawling nav station with a swing out “easy chair”  that has been claimed by Cecilia as “her” chair.


Since we have mostly had the interior torn up to replace all of the tanks and systems below the sole, the photos below are primarily taken from the listing when we bought her.  I’ll make updates as things come together a bit more.

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Like the interior,  the ROK boasts a load of teak on deck, on the coach top and in the cockpit. The original decks have started to show their age (30+ yrs)  and will be replaced in winter 2017-2018.   The remaining teak will be sanded and varnished  (this is quite a bit low on the priority list considering all that remains to be done, but we’ll make her pretty again! – first things first)

We are told that Ring of Kerry lost her dodger and Bimini while moored in Rye NY during superstorm Sandy  in October 2012.  We have  already started working on framing and patterning to replace them and are chipping away at a number of smaller canvas projects in the meantime.   I’ve already fabricated a custom cover for the butterfly hatch as well as a lifesling cover as part of my “practice” for the big stuff to come.

We have added a small cocktail table in the cockpit and I’ll be making some cushions at some point before the 2018 sailing season to improve comfort in the outdoor space for ourselves as well as our guests.

We have replaced the main sail and are slowly changing out all of the lines.  All of the standing rigging will be inspected and likely upgraded before the 2018 sailing season.   The radar, and autopilot are being replaced and George manufactured a pod and stand for our new Raymarine GPS above the binnacle (making sure to leave at least 11 inches so that the compass and GPS don’t throw each other into a tizzy).

The hull will be fully soda blasted and re-painted over winter 2017-2018.  We’re considering updating the gel-coat at that time as well but are still debating pending price and time.

We have replaced the CQR anchor with a new Spade, and installed 300 feet of chain rode along with a new windlass gypsy and will brush up and re-finish the bowsprit before we’re through.

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I’ve pulled the following design goals from the manufacturers manual, which was generously passed down to us from the previous owner:

  • Modify a full keel into a long fin, retaining lateral/directional ability but permitting far greater hydrodynamic fairing on the fin with knife-edge trailing surfaces with the ability of the design to sit on her fin ashore or hauled out.
  • Place her propeller out of turbulence and away from apertures to reduce drag (where feathering or folding propeller is elected) and to greatly increase efficiency (and therefore speed and range) under power.
  • Reduce helm when under power from propeller torque and wash by reducing the shaft angle to 6° thus further increasing efficiency under power
  • Place tankage (where possible) below the floors to improve ballast displacement ratios and preserve storage space under berths and in lockers etc.
  • Fiver her cargo carrying capacity (in her displacement range) to accommodate the owner whose home is his boat (with up to 7500 lbs of added gear without putting the design off of her basic lines.
  • Giver her an easy slow motion at sea similar to her sisters’
  • Make her a flawless beauty via sheer bulwarks, detailing, trunk, cockpit, hatches to absolutely optimize the aesthetic potential of this type of traditional design.
  • Give her cockpit very comfortable seating with reclining backs and the ability to sleep out in the tropics on full berth length seats.
  • Utilize interior concepts which are developments of the best of Hans Christians with new materials and detailing.



There are two hull deck connections on the HC41.  The first is at the top of the bulwark which is bonded and glassed over and then further sealed at the top and bolted to the bulwark cap.  The second connection is at the bottom of the bulwark where the deck is glassed heavily to the hull.



more to come…….