Hanse 575 Running

By David Schmidt

As a semi-recent transplant to the Pacific Northwest from New England’s historic waters, I was thrilled to learn that the boating season here in Seattle is much longer than it is back East, provided, of course, that your boat is up to the task. While our summer months here at 48 degrees north are characterized by massive high-pressure systems that park-up over the Olympic Peninsula and Vancouver Island, delivering bluebird days that are void of any real breeze, our fall, winter and spring months offer plenty of pressure, usually combined with some lively seas, especially when the wind angle disagrees with the tide. This combination of distinctive seasonal weather, paired with the Pacific Northwest’s (in)famous rain and grey, rewards cruising boats that offer some on-deck protection from the elements, as well as a comfortable saloon and galley for après sailing, once the sails have been furled and the cabin heater has been switched on.

As I approached the Hanse 575 at Port Sidney Marina in Sidney, Victoria, B.C., I noticed three things: her impressive freeboard, her spacious, teak-clad foredeck and the 15-knot late-October breeze that was piping in from the south—the same direction that the tide was draining.

“Not to worry,” said Brian Huse, a broker from nearby Freedom Marine, as we climbed aboard. “She’s a dry boat.” Having logged my share of Northwest winter miles, I still donned my bibs and seaboots, just in case. 

Hanse 575 rearOur test boat, Crescent Wave, is privately owned, and is equipped with lots of goodies, including optional retractable bow and stern thrusters. These immediately proved invaluable as Huse wove Crescent Wave out of her tight slip. While Huse obviously knows Crescent Wave’s dimensions and turning radius, it was equally obvious that the dual thrusters pacified any docking anxieties, even with the boat’s ample freeboard and the breeze.

I took the helm while Huse and Gareth Wood raised the mainsail—a push-button affair—and unfurled the self-tacking jib. A few more button presses trimmed-on the sails, and we were soon making seven to eight knots towards Sidney Spit before tacking for the Cordova Channel. 

Crescent Wave charged through the gathering chop, and I realized that—while warm—my bibs and boots were overkill: I didn’t see a single errant drop tag the cockpit sole. I also realized that the Hanse 575 is a capable year-round cruiser, given her dry, spacious cockpit, her easy-to-single-hand systems and her plush interior, while her Judel/Vrolijk design adds an element of performance-sailing pedigree to her DNA. 

Hanse 575 InteriorConstruction: The Hanse 575 is built in Greifswald, Germany, to Germanischer Lloyd SE’s ocean-going classification standards. The GRP hull uses a balsa core and is hand laid using polyester epoxy for all inner laminates and Vinylester resins for all outer laminates, as well as an Isophthalic gelcoat. All bulkheads are laminated to the hull and the deck, a composite sub-frame adds structural rigidity; the keel is attached using Stainless Steel bolts and backing plates. The GRP deck is balsa-cored and is hand laid with a Vinylester outer layer, and polyester for the majority of its laminate. 

On Deck: Big teak expanses best describe the Hanse 575’s large and comfortable deck layout. Dual helms (with optional helm seats), a scooped-out cockpit transom, dual retractable cockpit tables (that double as a huge sun-bathing area/abovedecks berth), dual waterproof stowage compartments (either side of the companionway) and a pronounced bulwark that runs from bow to stern are other important on-deck features. The Hanse 575 is equipped with an innovative tender garage (designed for a Williams 2.8 meter jet tender, but it will accommodate other similar-sized boats) and a hydraulically controlled platform that dips into the water for easy swimmer/tender access. Crescent Wave features a spacious sail locker, located directly abaft her stem, and a powered windlass. All hatches are flush-deck, making for a clean, aesthetically pleasing deck. A two-spreader, keel-stepped Sparcraft aluminum rig with a self-tacking jib is standard. Crucial running rigging such as the main halyard, the mainsheet, the jib sheet and the jib-furling line are led aft, via tunnels, to powered winches (one at each helm). 

Hanse 575 settee and deskAccommodations – Although Hanse typically avoids incorporating custom features into its production models, the 575 is available in six different interior designs (one “standard” and five “optional” layouts). Out test boat featured a generous owner cabin (V-berth), dual quarter berths, two heads/showers and a bunk-bed cabin that’s great for junior (or single) guests. All interior designs feature an open, loft-like interior with a portside center-ship galley, a large settee area (with a retractable table that converts to a king-size berth), and forward-facing nav station/desk. All six layouts are available in a variety of woods and upholstery options, and all versions feature plenty of natural lighting (via hull windows and deck-mounted hatches/windows, as well as dimmable LED lighting throughout the vessel). Tall sailors will especially appreciate the interior’s generous headroom, and the boat comes with stepladders for accessing ceiling hatches. 

Under Sail – While the Hanse 575 carries a lot of freeboard and interior volume her hull is still slippery and quick. The boat tackled through 100 degrees (N.B., the boat’s magnetic and electronic compasses were not properly swung/calibrated) and had no trouble making 7.8 knots in 13-15 knots of breeze of breeze while sailing upwind. Short tacking up the Cordova Channel was a singlehanded affair that simply required stepping from one helm station to the other. The helm felt balanced but a touch stiff in the big puffs, and Huse advised that we were at the crossover between carrying a full main and tucking in a reef. While the boat is a fully loaded cruiser, she had no trouble quickly covering ground in the small, choppy seas and the cold, late-October air. Crescent Wave was only equipped with a main and a self-tacking jib (but is configured to fly other headsails and an asymmetrical spinnaker), so our downwind run involved sliding comfortably along at seven or eight knots. Yet once we cleared Cordova Channel and could heat up our apparent-wind angle, Crescent Wave proved that she loves reaching as much as her crew.   

Hanse 575 SalonUnder Power – The Hanse 575 is equipped with a Volvo D3-110 shaft-drive diesel engine (a 150-horsepower diesel engine is optional) and two optional retractable thrusters (bow and stern) ease close-quarters maneuvering. Our test boat was also equipped with a wireless fob for starting the engine. Thruster controls are situated at both of the boat’s redundant helm stations, each of which offers great sight lines for docking or negotiating tight mooring fields. Couple the boat’s lengthy waterline and her capable engine and the 575 had no trouble making nine knots at 2,400 RPMs, without generating much noise or hull vibration. 

Our Take:

—Pros: Dry, comfortable ride

 Plenty of interior room/headroom/light

 Fantastic tender garage

 Spacious teak decks 

—Cons: Self-tracking jib limits roller-reefing options

Conclusion: The Hanse 575 could be a great cruising boat for owners who are interested in a wide variety of sailing, from fun-minded transoceanic cruising rallies to coastal-cruising adventures with family and friends. The boat has no trouble accommodating two or three couples and their children, yet one or two capable sailors can easily handle the boat in almost any condition. Build quality is solid, and the boat’s clean deck layout, its contemporary design and its slippery, performance-minded sailing characteristics should make this a popular design.   

 

Specifications:

Headroom: 6ft 9in

Berths: 6ft 6 in x 2ft (V-berth suite), 9ft 5in x 4ft 11in  (saloon), 6ft 5in x 2ft 6in (bunk cabin) and 6ft 9in x 5ft 3in (quarter berths)

LOA: 56ft 3in

LWL: 49ft 8in

Beam: 17ft

Draft: 9ft 4in (standard); 7ft 4in (optional shoal-draft keel)

Displacement: 42,990 lbs

Ballast: 13,007 lbs

Sail Area: 1,727.5 ft2 (Main: 927’9” ft2, 105% Genoa: 796’5” ft2) 

Fuel/Water/Waste (Gal): 138/214/44

Engine: Volvo D3-110 shaft-drive diesel engine

Electrical: 330AH (house) 90AH (engine)

Designer: Judel/Vrolijk & co., www.judel-vrolijk.com

Builder: Hanse Yachts, www.hanseyachts.com

U.S. Contact: Doug Brophy, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Price: $550,000, FOB Baltimore, Maryland

Ballast Ratio: 30.3

Sail Area-Displacement Ratio: 22.52

Displacement-Length Ratio: 155.39

 

Photo Captions:

Photo 1 - the Hanse 575 - A quick, fully loaded cruiser.

Photo 2 - the Hanse 575 is equipped with an innovative tender garage.

Photo 3 - the interior has dimmable LED lighting throughout.

Photo 4 - the large settee area with retractable table converts into a kingsize berth.

Photo 5 - all interior designs feature an open, loft-like interior with a portside center-ship galley.

Destinations

  • Prev
At the 2019 Vancouver International Boat Show I had the pleasure of meeting up with Allyson and ...
Following the harsh impact of Hurricanes Irma and Maria, The British Virgin Islands is making an ...
For the adventurous boater Bunsby Marine Provincial Park is a special place, situated due south of ...
There is good anchoring in Cowichan Bay and nearby, and salt water enough to make any boater happy. ...
We’re gliding through green-blue waters, colours so vivid and bright they hurt your eyes. We’re set ...
The Halifax waterfront has been attracting more and more large yachts in recent years. However, a ...
Ah Canadian simplicity at its finest; small town, big marina. Little Hilton Beach (population ...
Vancouver-based Big Blue Yacht Charters Worldwide owner Emma Murdoch explains that luxury crewed ...
In the 1920s, a small cove in Canoe Bay was used as a shipping point and safe-haven for rum runners ...
Here’s an update from Caroline Swann with some news for the adventurous types who may be heading to ...


The Marina at Blind ChannelOne of my favourite places

By Marianne Scott

Sailing north of Desolation Sound, the Discovery Islands and the Broughton Archipelago offer cruisers a bevy islands with ample anchorages. Tides cause swift currents to run through the islands’ waterways. Few marinas are found in this large, sparsely populated region but one that provides all the services boaters need and especially enjoy is Blind Channel, a marina and resort operated by the Richter family located on Mayne Passage on the east side of West Thurlow Island (50 24. 82N, 125 30. 00).

Read more about the Blind Channel Resort...

 

Lifestyle

  • Prev
At the end of last month, Canadian sailors gathered on the Palma Beach in Palma de Mallorca, Spain ...
In 2019, C-TOW celebrates its 35th anniversary of providing 24/7 “Peace of Mind Boating” for ...
West Vancouver Yacht Club reports that following an independent certification process the Georgia ...
It has been hot in the Abacos this winter. Whoever said this area was cool this time of year must ...
Unfortunately this is not a picture from a boat but was taken on the evening of February 27, 2019 ...
On March 1, Tom Ramshaw of Stoney Lake Yacht Club was honoured with the most prestigious National ...
Vero Beach, aka Velcro Beach, lived up to its reputation again. Our original plan was to be there ...
My husband and I were visiting the Bra d'Or Lake from Newfoundland in our 39 foot Sea Ray ...
After an autumn in Canada, we arrived back in northern Florida at Adamant 1 on January 3rd and with ...
This issue, to kick off 2019, we have an unofficial Photo of the week and this, the unofficial ...

Swift Trawler 47By Andy Adams

You might look at the pictures of the new Beneteau Swift Trawler 47 and think that this is not a “performance boat”, but I think it certainly is, and here is why; it can top out at 30 mph to get you from A to B quickly or to beat the weather in, so it’s pretty fast, but it can also loaf along doing 1,250 rpm making 9.3 mph and at that pace, it travels 2.4 miles on a gallon of fuel. That’s great performance in my books!

With a light displacement of almost 28,000 lbs, this is a big boat. In fact, it looks and feels more like a small ship than a big boat.

Read more about the Swift Trawler 47......

 

Beneteau Oceanis 46.1By Andy Adams and John Armstrong

Beneteau Oceanis 46.1When Beneteau introduced their new Oceanis 46.1, they were inspired by the fact that their previous Oceanis 45 was one of Beneteau’s best sellers and the new 46.1 had to be a clearly superior boat. The Oceanis range is about space and comfort for cruising while still delivering strong performance.

The yachting world has now recognized the Oceanis 46.1 as being just such a worthy successor. On January 19th, 2019, the Oceanis 46.1 won the highly regarded title of European Yacht of the Year in the “Family Cruiser” category.

Read More about the Oceanis 46.1......

DIY & How to

  • Prev
I’ve had two emails over the past few weeks with a count-down to launch (47 days per the last ...
Electrical ground is a term used to describe the reference point in an electrical circuit from ...
Last time we looked at making proper electrical connections – the tools, supplies and methods ...
Winter is a great time to look at some of the hidden spaces on your boat – to take stock of what is ...
When a boat is in the water, the bilge will often collect water that enters the boat from weather, ...
Recently I suggested doing an off-season (winter) project with a potential client, and my ...
A recent conversation with a fellow contractor got me thinking: With all of the information out ...
As the cold approaches, shrink-wrapping is a hot topic, and I’ve heard more than a few debates at ...
Nothing stops a vacation faster than a problem with the fresh water system – be it leaks, smells, ...
Pyrotechnic distress flares have been around for decades, while electronic strobe distress flares ...

Sea to Sky SailingSea to Sky Sailing has just been approved as the only Royal Yachting Association (RYA) recognized training centre on the west coast of North America just in time to deliver an epic 2019 season!

“This transition from our previous International Yacht Training (IYT) certification to RYA is a huge benefit to our students as it provides them certification that is known globally as the gold standard for yacht training.  The RYA requires training centres to undergo annual inspections of their vessels, business practices and training delivery in order to maintain a strong standard and guarantee a high quality experience for students. 

Read More about Sea to Sky Sailing......

 

  

Marine Products

  • Prev
The Walker Bay Venture 14 claims to be the world’s first luxury Explorer Sport Tender. It is ...
Mercury Marine is pleased to announce the launch of the new MerCruiser V8 6.2L 370hp Jet Ready ...
My history with the Cayenne goes back many years, as I was at the launch of the original vehicle ...
Last month, Mercury Marine has announced the launch of the 400hp Verado outboard engine, the ...
Featuring advanced, intuitive 3D controls, Zipwake Dynamic Trim Control Systems deliver a more ...
Gina de Vere approached me at the Canadian Yachting booth at this year’s Vancouver International ...
A revolutionary “assisted docking” system that provides a glimpse into the future of boating ...
After developing the Figaro Beneteau 3, the first production foiling sailing yacht, Groupe Beneteau ...
You most likely operate your vessel with batteries that are rechargeable. Rechargeable batteries ...
This past decade has been a real up-and-down ride for the companies who make boating equipment. ...