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45' Hans Christian Independence
"Salty Lady"
Kemah, Texas
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For Sale

Little Yacht Sales
Sales Rep: Capt Rick Weiler
Telephone: (832) 738-6251

Rare Twin Ford Lehman Diesels

(2) Marine Air Reverse Cycle Air Conditioning/Heat Units Plus Coleman A/C Unit for Pilothouse

Side Power Bow Thruster w/Controls in Pilothouse

Electronics Include GPS/Chartplotter, Depth, Radar, AIS, Autopilot, (2) ICOM VHF Radios, Sea SSB Radio, Fishfinder

Xantrex Inverter & Battery Charger

Maxwell Vertically Mounted Electric Windlass

Dutton-Lainson 120V Powered Davit on Upper Deck

’07 Caribe Inflatable Dinghy w/15hp Yamaha Outboard

Great Interior Layout w/Two Staterooms, Two Heads, Well-Equipped Galley, Spacious Salon and Raised Pilothouse

Salty Lady is one of those special boats that are rarely found for sale. It’s even more difficult to find one with twin engines! This 1990 Independence 45 is one of only 18 built by Hans Christian in Taiwan before moving production in 1996 to the U.S. builder, Cherubini.

Salty Lady is a sturdy raised pilothouse trawler intended for those who take their cruising seriously. Designed by James Backus and Gary Grant, she's built on a semi-displacement hull with moderate beam, hard aft chines to reduce roll (rather than rounded bilges common to most displacement designs) and a long, prop-protecting keel.

This well-maintained trawler is powered by dependable twin Ford Lehman diesels that offer excellent maneuverability and a cruising speed of 7.5 knots at an economical 4.5 gallons per hour.

Her comfortable interior offers two spacious staterooms, two full heads, a nicely organized galley up and a large salon that opens to her covered aft deck. The raised pilot house has easy access to the wide port and starboard side decks, making line handling safe and easy.

Being given the best of care by her knowledgeable owner, she is in excellent condition and awaits the change of command. So, if you are looking for stability, comfort, economy, dependability and safety for both vessel and crew, Salty Lady is a "MUST SEE"!

Read the full specs for more details and contact the listing broker today!



Vessel Layout

The master stateroom is forward with a centerline queen bed and ensuite head. Moving aft down the companionway to port, you enter the guest stateroom with two single berths. The guest head is conveniently located across the companionway to starboard. Moving up three steps, you enter the spacious main salon and well-designed galley area. Aft of the salon, the covered teak deck can be accessed through a single door, expanding the entertainment space. Forward to starboard and up three stairs is the raised pilothouse with a fully equipped helm and comfortable pilot’s chair. A settee/berth is aft with a custom table. Deck access is provided both port and starboard. Wide side decks have stairs to access the bridge deck and the bow. The interior, including the pilothouse, has air conditioning to ensure all passengers are comfortable even in the hottest of climates.

Main Salon

The main salon is very comfortable and has large windows that provide panoramic views and offer a spacious, open and bright feeling while aboard. There is a large, U-shaped leather settee around a varnished teak table that seats 6-8 on the port side and two built-in barrel chairs and end tables across to starboard. This area has a teak and holly sole and overall, offers an ambiance of elegant simplicity.

  • Sharp 25” HD Flat Screen TV
  • Sony AM/FM/CD Stereo w/Speakers Throughout Boat
  • LG DVD/CD/DVR Player
  • Sirius Satellite Radio
  • Ship’s Clock & Barometer
  • Dry Bar
  • U-Line Ice Maker
  • Bendix Washer/Dryer Combo
  • Window Coverings


The galley is an open, U-shape in the forward port side of the salon and offers the chef the ability to communicate with guests in the salon while preparing meals.

  • Norcold Refrigerator/Freezer
  • Princess 3-Burner Propane Stove/Oven w/Thermocouple Safety Valves
  • Dometic Microwave/Convection Oven (2015)
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dual Stainless Steel Sink
  • Hot & Cold Pressure Water
  • Marble Counters
  • Plenty of storage

Master Stateroom & Head

The Master stateroom features a centerline queen berth, hanging locker, drawers and bookshelves that all provide generous storage. Two opening hatches offer natural light, ventilation and emergency egress. Portside aft is an entry to the ensuite head which has a marble vanity and stainless steel sink with Grohe fixtures, faucet and a Vacuflush toilet. The large tiled stall shower has teak seating, porthole and an opening hatch and deck prism for additional natural light and fresh air.

  • Sylvania Flat Screen TV (not included)
  • Dometic VacuFlush Marine Toilet

Guest Stateroom & Head

Amidships to port is the comfortable guest stateroom with twin berths and two portals. Excellent storage is provided by a large hanging locker between berths, lockers overhead and  drawers and cabinets under the berths. The guest head is across the hall to starboard and has a marble vanity and stainless steel sink with Grohe fixtures, faucet and a Vacuflush toilet. The large, tiled stall shower has teak seating, porthole and an opening hatch and deck prism for additional light and fresh air.

  • Dometic VacuFlush Marine Toilet

Pilothouse & Helm

The pilothouse is the center of command and can be easily accessed from the interior via three steps on the forward, starboard side of the salon. Side doors, both port and starboard, offer easy deck access. There is a blue leather settee/berth with a custom table just aft of a matching blue leather, Stidd pedestal mounted helm seat. There are 4 opening windows and 2 opening hatches. The helm has a vast array of navigational aids providing the captain and crew with the ability to cruise worldwide.



  • Furuno MFD 12 NavNet 3D w/Chartplotter, 18” 24MI HD Radar & FA50 Class B AIS (Feb. 2012)
  • ICOM VHF IC-M504 Radio
  • ICOM VHF M-127 Radio
  • SEA 322 SSB Radio
  • Standard Horizon LH10 Hailer
  • Autohelm 7000 Autopilot
  • Autohelm Tri-data
  • Autohelm Wind Speed & Direction
  • QUALCOMM Global Star Satellite System for Voice/Email
  • Raymarine DS 600X Fish Finder
  • Ritchie Compass


  • 8.5 KW Phasor Generator w/ 180 hours (July 2012)
  • AC/DC Electrical Panel w/Breakers
  • (5) 8-D Batteries for Engine Start, House System, Bow Thruster & Windlass
  • (1) Group 27 Battery for Generator Start
  • Xantrex 3000 Inverter/Charger
  • 50 AMP Dockside Power Hook-up
  • 50 AMP Power Cable
  • 110V Lighting
  • 12V Lighting
  • Running Lights (R/G Side Lights, Stern Light, Masthead Light & Anchor Light)


The deck area of Salty Lady is equipped with Atkins Hoyle port lights and hatches. A large, unobstructed top deck has a folding mast (designed to be easily lowered) with radar, navigation lights and wind instruments. This area also includes deck boxes and a 3000 lb. power winch for the stainless steel dinghy davit and a cradle for the inflatable dinghy and outboard Yamaha motor. There are built-in storage compartments to port and starboard of the pilothouse. A spacious, covered teak deck is aft and has a ladder to the top deck, a walk-through door to the swim platform, lazarette access, room for chairs and a storage locker to port.

  • Maxwell 2200 VWC Windlass, Vertically Mounted
  • (1) Plow-Style Anchor (approx.. 75 lbs.) on Bow w/Chain & Rode
  • (1) Fortress FX-22 Anchor Secured to Aft Railing on Top Deck
  • Saltwater Wash Down
  • Twin Stainless Steel Bow Rollers
  • (4) Prisms in Forward Deck Provide Interior Light
  • (6) Dorades Provide Interior Ventilation
  • Emergency Tiller
  • External Coverings for All Windows
  • (2) 30 lb. Propane Tanks in Separate Locker
  • Stainless Steel Mooring Split Cleats on Bow, Sides & Stern
  • Welded Stainless Steel Railings & Stanchions w/Gates on the Sides
  • Folding, Boarding Ladder Mounted on Swim Platform
  • Skirted Stainless Steel Stanchions & Railing on Upper Deck w/Rod Holders Over Covered Lower Cockpit
  • Dutton-Lainson Model SA9000 120-volt Powered Davit Mounted on Upper Deck
  • 2007 10’ Caribe Inflatable Dinghy, Model/Type C10X
  • 15 hp Yamaha Outboard Motor
Mechanical & Auxiliary Equipment


  • (2) Marine Air 120VAC Marine Reverse Cycle Air Conditioning/Heat Units (Salon Unit New in 2012)
  • Coleman RV-Style A/C Unit Mounted on House Top for Pilothouse
  • Side Power 12-VDC Powered Bow Thruster w/Controls in Pilothouse
  • (2) LPG Tanks w/Shut-Off Valve, Pressure Gauge Regulator & Seamless Copper Piping
  • (2) Stainless Steel Potable Water Tanks w/Reported Total Capacity of 300 gal.
  • Seaward Water Heater, Stainless Steel 11-gal. w/120VAC Element
  • 12V Fresh Water Pump
  • Dockside Water Hook-Up w/Pressure Reducer
  • Fresh Water Wash Down
  • Raw Water Wash Down
  • Sea Gull IV Water Purification System
  • Electro Scan USCG Certified Type I Marine Sanitation Device (Aug. 2012)
  • (2) Rule 12-V Electric, Submersible Bilge Pumps w/Automatic Float Switches
  • (2) Dometic VacuFlush Marine Toilets, USCG MSD Type III w/40 gal Holding Tank


Salty Lady is equipped with dependable twin Ford Lehman diesels that offer excellent economy and dependability. She has been outfitted with only the best mechanical components to make extended cruising safe and comfortable.

  • (2) 135 HP Ford Leman Model SP135 FWC Diesel Engines with 2600 hours
  • (2) PRM Transmission Hydraulic Reverse/Reduction Gear
  • (2) Stainless Steel 2 ¼” Propeller Shafts w/Conventional Stuffing Box & Water Lubricated Shaft Bearing win Double Arm Bronze Strut
  • (2) 28” dia. RH/LH Bronze 3-Blade Propellers
  • Morse Controls w/Separate Levers for Throttle & Gearshift in Pilothouse
  • VDO Control Panel w/Start Switch, Tachometer, Engine Gauges & Gearshift Mounted in Pilothouse
  • Single Hydraulic Wheel Station in Pilothouse
  • Bronze Rudders w/Stainless Steel Shafts
  • Glendenning Engine Synchronizer
  • Racor Fuel Filters
  • Fuel Polishing System
  • Oil Change System
  • Sea Strainers
  • Fireboy Fire System
  • Tank Tender Fuel Tank Monitoring System
  • High Water Alarm System
  • Audible Alarm Indicating Low Oil Pressure or High Temp
  • Spare Propellers
Safety Equipment


  • Dual Trumpet Horn
  • Visual Distress Signals
  • Numerous USCG Type-I Wearable PFD’s
  • (2) USCG Type-IV Throwable Rings
  • Smoke Alarms
  • CO Monitor Alarms
  • Fixed Automatic SeaFire Model FE-241
  • (4) Portable USCG BC-Dry Chemical Fire Extinguishers
  • First Aid Kit
  • ACR Manual Deployed Category II EPIRB
Broker's Disclaimer

The Listing Brokerage 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 regardless of information provided. 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. PLEASE NOTE: All electronics are listed for verification purposes but not warranted in the selling price of the boat.

Engine hours are as of the date of the original listing and are a representation of what the listing broker is told by the owner and/or actual reading of the engine hour meters.  The broker cannot guarantee the true hours.  It is the responsibility of the purchaser and/or his agent to verify engine hours, any warranties expressed or implied and/or any engine service as well as all other representations noted on the listing brochure.

All the yacht brokerage agents at the listing company are Independent Contractors.

Specifications, with Equipment and Information:
- Length: 45' 0"
- LOA: 45' 0"
- BEAM: 14' 6"
- DRAFT: 5' 0"
- Engine(s): Ford Lehman SP135 FWC
- Hours: 2600
- HP: 270
- Fuel: 600 gallons
- Water: 300 gallons
- Holding: 40 gallons
- Hull Construction: Fiberglass
- Manufacturer: Hans Christian Independence
- Model: Trawler
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Kemah, TX 77565
Telephone: 281-334-6500
Fax: 866-748-5490

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