There is no mistaking the graceful lines of a 30 Square Meter. With its long, lean hull, generous overhangs and lofty, slim-line Bermudan rig, it is arguably one of the world’s most striking classes, and certainly commands attention on the water. They are also known as Skerry Cruisers.
Hansina was designed and built in 1937-1938 by Harry Becker in his yard in Sweden. Becker’s history follows at the end of this.
The great Uffa Fox wrote in the 1930’s, “Of all the fast cruisers, the 30 Square Meters are probably the best.” He continues, “The Skerry Cruisers with their liveliness and buoyant hulls are a type that appeal to many people…for their rules produce a fast type of craft that gives a great deal of pleasure to those sailing it, and also at the same time they produce a very sturdy vessel, one that is both strong and seaworthy.”
Hansina’s ownership history is quite distinguished:
1938, Anne-Marie. A.Johanson, Sweden
1950, Nagala, Buckminster Fuller, New York / Maine
1962, Nagala, Fred B. Reynolds, New Jersey / Maine
1968, Nagala, Robert Kimball, New Jersey
1971, Nagala, William Kyle, Port Huron, Michigan
1976, Nagala, Ken & Penelope Peck, Port Huron, Michigan
1995, Nagala, Harry Levak, Port Huron, Michigan
2005, Hansina, George and Hansine Fisher, Portland Oregon and Puget Sound
2019, INCA, David and Julia Jumpa, Bainbridge Island, WA – USA – Port Madison Yacht Club
George hauled Hansina to Vancouver, Washington, to the renowned Legendary Yachts (in Washougal) where Andy’s team of highly skilled, perfectionist personnel performed extensive repairs and replacements from stem to stern and from top to bottom to bring her to better-than-new condition. The Fishers invested in excess or $125,000 to bring Hansina to her current state of classic grace, beauty,
and strength. There are many photos of these extensive repairs, refits, and upgrades on the legendaryyachts.com website (click on “Projects”).
Following the completion of the restoration Hansina was trucked on her very custom built trailer to Puget Sound where she spent her next years sailing out of Port Madison across the sparkling waters between Bainbridge Island and Seattle. In the winters she was “dry- stored” out of the water in Gig Harbor.
Her latest improvement has been the commissioning of a new, beautifully designed and crafted Sunbrella boat cover which covers the full length of the boat with wrap-arounds for the bow and stern overhangs. The cover sports a full length 9 inch wide “skirt” which prevents any water from running down the topsides and keeping the sun off most of her beautifully varnished (Epiphanes) topsides.
The new cover, together with multiple coats of green Micron 66 bottom paint has recently allowed the seasons of her enjoyment here in the mild Puget Sound climate to be extended year-round if desired.
There is an amazing number of Square Meter boats still active around the world. In 2008, in Scandanavia, 45 of them took part in the Square Meter Jubilee at Stokholm.