Whistlin’ Riggin’, 1979 Union Polaris 36
More than likely, if you know boats from the ’70s and ’80s, when you see Whistlin’ Riggin’ your mind will immediately take you to a Hans Christian. And you wouldn’t be wrong…
The Union Yacht Company initially received the plans for the Union Polaris 36′ from Robert Perry before a falling out. He took the plans to Hans Christian, and the Union Yacht Company took what they could from the plans and made it work… so the story goes. But you know, all us sailors have our stories.
Prior to when my husband and I took ownership, Donna Matson was the only other owner of Whistlin’ Riggin’. From 1979 until she passed away in 2015, she sailed Whistlin’ Riggin’, often single-handed, up and down the Pacific Coast in California down into the Sea of Cortez. Several albums aboard were thick with photographs of the adventures aboard when we took ownership. One of the largest motivating factors of Whistlin’ Riggin’s restoration is Donna’s spirit of adventure, which lives on through Whistlin’ Riggin’ and the places she is sure to go in the years ahead.
- Cutter Rig
- Full Keel
- Year Built: 1979
- Ballast: 7,800 lb / 3,538 kg
- LOA: 36.67 ft / 11.18 m
- Beam: 11.33 ft / 3.45 m
- Draft: 11.33 ft / 3.45 m
- Engine: Volvo Diesel