1991 Hans Christian Yachts Independence 45

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Class Power
Category Trawlers, Pilothouse
Year 1991
Make Hans Christian Yachts
Length 45'
Propulsion Type Single Inboard
Hull Material Fiberglass
Fuel Type Diesel
Location Tarrytown, NY
Hull & Deck

The Hans Christian Independence 45 is constructed with a sold fiberglass hull below the waterline. The outer laminates have Vinylester laminates & resin for osmotic blistering protection. The hull has a double foam sandwich core from approximately 6" above the waterline to the deck-hull joint area. 

  • Length of Hull:  44'-6"
  • Length Overall: 48'-6" (note: including swim platform) 
  • The structural reinforcement stringer sections in the hull are cored for additional strength.
  • The hull layup schedule consists of up to 24 layers of 24 oz. woven roving and 1.5 oz mat.
  • There are internal steel plates incorporated for equipment-mounting.
  • Large stainless steel chafe plate for bow area to provide protection from ground tackle contact
  • Long full-run tapered keel underbody
  • Single hung bronze rudder secured with a heavy-duty bronze shoe. 
  • Rub rail, full-length, molded-in fiberglass w/ striker plate
  • Cap rails, teak, varnished 
  • Swim platform 


  • OYSTER WHITE Topsides
  • DARK GREEN Boot-top
  • BLACK bottom paint


  • WHITE Gelcoat finish 
  • Molded non-skid w/ "diamond" pattern
  • Balsa-core deck w/ extra layers of fiberglass for major stress points
  • Deck / Hull Joint thru-bolted on 6" centers
  • (4) Deck prisms for enhanced interior ambient lighting 
  • (2) Sets Bollards forward, stainless steel
  • (4) Mooring cleats, 10" amidships, stainless steel
  • (4) Mooring cleats, 10", stern, stainless steel
  • Bulwarks forward approximately 30" high
  • (4) Deck scupper drains, large, for Foredeck area
  • Rails & stanchions provide approximately 35-36" vertical protection
  • (2) Boarding gates, port & starboard (note: upper section is rail, lower section 1x19 coated wire w/ Pelican hooks)
  • Side decks start just abaft of the Pilothouse doors and are approximately 22-24" in width
  • (2) Storage lockers, port & starboard (note: both sides of the PH doors on side decks)
  • Molded bow pulpit w/ (2) integral bow rollers, stainless steel
  • (6) Deck hatches w/ aluminum frames w/ teak-framed

The SOLEIL DU NORD features the outstanding Hans Christian Yachts teak interior joinery w/ satin finish for which the Company was famous! 

The overhead sections are finished w/ white-painted wood slats applications. 


  • Dimensions:  12' long by 14.5' wide
  • Large opening windows, sliding to open, UV-prevention tinted
  • Mini-Blinds for windows, aluminum, throughout 
  • "L" Shaped settee to port w/ adjustable teak table (note: per the Owner, can make into a "small double" but never used as such)
  • (2) Barrel chairs, starboard side w/ drawer storage
  • Light Beige / Cream Leather upholstery for settee & barrel chairs
  • Custom decor curtains throughout
  • (5) Custom decor throw-pillows 
  • Teak & Holly cabin sole (note: solid teak w/ holly inlay & all sections are end-capped)
  • Engine room access;  (9) cabin sole hatches w/ oversize hinges & heavy-duty support springs
  • (1) Set of "swing up" stairs in the forward part of the Salon (note: at the entrance to the passageway to the Master Stateroom & Heads)

Master Stateroom 

  • Headroom:  6'4"
  • Large "centerline" Queen berth
  • (2) Hanging lockers
  • Drawer storage
  • Book shelves
  • (2) Deck prisms
  • (2) Deck hatches
  • (3) Opening ports

Guest Stateroom

The SOLEIL DU NORD was ordered with a custom Guest Stateroom arrangement that included the incorporation of (1) berth, a dressing table / desk and additional storage vis a (2) single berth layout. 

  • Headroom: 6'4"
  • (1) Single berth, approx 6'6" long by 28" wide (note: can convert to a double berth)
  • (1) Desk / Dressing Table
  • (2) Settees, small
  • Overhead book storage rack, teak 
  • Hanging locker & drawer storage
  • (2) Opening ports 



The Independence 45 has a "Galley Up" configuration that is "U" shaped, port side forward..

  • Headroom:  6'6" to 6'9" (note: as with the Salon)  
  • FORCE 10 Stove / Oven, propane (LPG), (3) burner
  • Stove / oven well, stainless-steel lined 
  • XINTEX Propane Management Panel w/ remote gas shut-off solenoid switch
  • SUB-ZERO Refrigeration, dual voltage, 12VDC / 110 VAC, stainless steel finish 
  • Microwave oven, GOLDSTAR
  • Icemaker (note: via Refrig but also separate ICER-ETTE stainless steel unit located in Salon)
  • Exhaust fan w/ sprayer unit
  • Double sinks, stainless steel 
  • GROHE single-level faucet w/ sprayer unit
  • Assorted galleyware 
  • SEALAND VacuFlush Marine Heads, fresh water service (note: (2) separate pumps, (1) for each Head)
  • Type 1 MSD's w/ macerator & "Y" valve for overboard discharge
  • Deck discharge / pump-out plate on deck, port side 
  • Holding Tank:  (1) w/ 40 USG total capacity, stainless steel
  • Pump for overboard discharge of the Holding Tank (note: per the Owner, "never used"

Master Head

  • SEALAND TankWatch Holding Tank Level Monitor
  • GROHE fixtures
  • Opening port, stainless steel

Guest / Day Head

  • Shower w/ enclosure, tan tile-lined & w/ teak seat
  • GROHE fixtures 
  • (2) Opening ports, stainless steel 


  • VHF, ICOM IC- M120


  • RAYMARINE ST50 Depth Sounder
  • RAYMARINE ST50 Speed / Log
  • RAYMARINE Radar, SL72
  • RAYMARINE 398 Vigil GPS / LORAN C 
  • C.PLATH Compass, 5"




  • TV / VCR
  • AM / FM Stereo w/ (5) SONY speakers throughout 
  • Dockside cables for TV & telephone (note:  connections starboard side amidships


  • Fresh water capacity:  (300) USG w/ (2) tanks, stainless steel
  • (2) Fresh water deck fill plates, stainless steel
  • Hot & cold pressure water service throughout
  • Hot water heater, (12) USG
  • Dockside pressure water 
  • Wash down, fresh water
  • Wash down, salt water 
  • PUR Water Maker PS80 (note: decommissioned)
  • Sea-cocks, bronze for thru-hull fittings throughout 
  • Bilge pumps: (1) manual in Aft Deck area, (3) centrifugal electric / automatic in bilge
  • (2) Shower sump pumps


  • Air conditioning & heat, LUNAIRE MARINE w/ (2) zones, reverse-cycle 


  • Central Vacuum System, EUREKA
  • Washer, MALBER P18 Compact

Bow Thruster

  • SLEIPNER Side-Power (note: joy-stick controls at PH Helm Station)

The SOLEIL DU NORD has both a 12VDC Ship's Service and a 115VAC Shore Power System.

  • Batteries, 12VDC w/ (6) lead-acid in (2) banks (note: newer units)
  • Shore Power, 30 AH w/ (2) 30 AH HUBBELL receptacles & (2) 50' 30 AH cords (note: located starboard side, amidships)
  • BASS Electrical Panels (note: 12VDC & 115VAC & separate 115 VAC)
  • Polarity Indicator
  • NEWMAR 70 HDM (Heavy Duty Marine) Charger / Inverter, 70 AH


  • Hours: 100 (note: approximate)
  • NORTHERN LIGHTS, 9.5 kW, FWC (Model #M753W23) w/ S-3C Control Panel (note: newer unit & installation to replace the original genset as same make / model)
  • Sound Shield Box for generator 
  • RACOR fuel filter

Lighting, exterior

  • Nav lights
  • Boat Deck light

 Lighting, interior

  • (12) Dome overhead lights throughput
  • (6) Reading lights, brass finish throughout
  • (4) Swivel lights, adjustable (Master Cabin)
  • Florescent light (Master Cabin Head) 
  • Courtesy lights, red safety, throughout 

The SOLEIL DU NORD is powered by a single FORD SABRE 225L TI (6) cylinder Turbo Marine Diesel that's rated at 221 HP at 2500 RPM's. This classic 380 cu/in engine was marinized by SABRE ENGINES LTD of the UK. 

The yacht's Engine Room is in outstanding condition and clearly has been well-maintained over the years.

  • Engine Hours: 2,115 (approximate)
  • Fuel Capacity:  600 USG
  • Fuel Tanks:  (5) Black Iron & sealed w/ fiberglass mat & expoxy
  • (4) Deck fuel access plates, stainless steel (note: 1x port, 3x starboard)
  • Propeller:  (4) blade, 32" (reported), bronze
  • Prop Shaft  2-1/4" stainless
  • Shaft Strut:  bronze
  • Transmission: BORG-WARNER Velvet Drive, 2:1 Reduction
  • Trim tabs
  • SCENTRY Fume Detector
  • CO2 Detector 
  • Bilge Blowers (2): 12 VDC, 200 CFM w/ 4" vents
  • (2) RACOR 900 FG fuel filters
  • Fire Suppression System, HALON 1301
  • Insulated engine room 
  • MORSE Engine controls
Additional Inventory

Ground Tackle

  • Electric / manual windlass, MAXWELL 3500, 12VDC w/ "up" & "down" foot controls located forward at the windlass & remote control at PH Helm Station
  • Anchor, 70# (estimated) Danforth-style, stainless steel 
  • Anchor rode, 200'+ galvanized chain

Canvas (Light Beige SUNBRELLA) 

  • Bimini top w/ frame 
  • Hatch covers, external, throughout
  • Windscreen & portlight covers for Pilothouse, external, throughout (note: 2x sets w/ one "new" with the 2nd set used for Winter Storage protection)
  • (3) Screen sections, canvas w/ zip-out for Salon entrance & (2) Pilothouse doors


  • ZEPPELIN Zulu Dinghy, 1996 inflatable w/ hard-bottom (approx. 9' LOA) (note: has custom cover, oars) 
  • Outboard motor, NISSAN 5 HP (approx. 1996) 
  • Davit, electric / manual
  • (4) Dinghy deck supports, adjustable custom stainless steel
  • Spotlight, RAY-LINE, remote-controlled
  • Hailer (via VHF)
  • Horn, BUELL dual trumpet-style
  • WEEMS & PLATH matching clock & barometer, brass finish (note: mounted in PH area, aft)
  • Docklines & fenders
  • (2) Boat-hooks
  • Deck chairs, wood, folding
  • Teak table, folding w/ storage bag


  • USCG Gear (no flares)
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Horseshoe life-rings, throwable
  • Boat Deck netting for lifelines (note: Medium Blue, see photos) 


  • Owner personal possessions
  • Misc decor items
  • Art work & pictures
The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.
Additional Units Included
  • 1996 ZEPPELIN Zulu
  • 1996 ZEPPELIN Zulu
Contact Information

For more information regarding the 1991 Hans Christian Independence 45 Pilothouse Trawler, the SOLEIL DU NORD, you can contact her Central Agent, Randy Altemus of Brewer Yacht Sales, at (cell) 203 512 0847 or email at "raltemus(at)breweryacht.com". 

Speed and Distance
Cruising Speed
Nominal Length
Length Overall
Max Bridge Clearance
Max Draft
Length at Waterline
Dry Weight
Fuel Tank Capacity
Fresh Water Tank Capacity
Holding Tank Capacity
Engine Make FORD SABRE
Engine Model FORD SABRE 225L TI Turbo (6) Cylinder
Engine Year 1991
Total Power 221hp
Engine Hours 2115
Engine Type Single Inboard
Fuel Type Diesel
HIN XSA45018F191
Hull Shape Semi Displacement
1991 Hans Christian Yachts Independence 45

The SOLEIL DU NORD is a 1991 model Hans Christian Yachts Independence 45 Pilothouse Trawler. She is hull #18 of this model series and was the last of Hans Christian Yachts-produced "'45's". She has a single FORD SABRE 225L TI turbocharged diesel rated at 221 HP with which she'll cruise comfortably at 7.5-8 knots and burn only 2.75 GPH!

Purchased as "new" by very experienced Owners, the SOLEIL DU NORD is a fine example of a lightly-used & well-maintained quality cruising yacht. This Independence 45 was built to the highest standards by Hans Christian Yachts from a collaborative design by James Backus & Gary Grant and with excellent workmanship & materials. The SOLEIL DU NORD does have the prerequisite inventory that one would expect to find aboard as a review of the Listing will certainly illustrate. 

The SOLEIL DU NORD is offered for brokerage sale as the Owner has opted to move on after 28 years of enjoyment that included some extended cruising. Presently at her storage facility in the lower New York area, she's available to view by appointment. Any prospects that are qualified for the SOLEIL DU NORD will not fail to be impressed with her attributes, pedigree and capabilities. As she's one of the best choices for power cruising on the market today, appointments for viewings are certainly to be encouraged.  

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