Hanse 411 - at SailBy CY Staff

When the Canadian Yachting team heard that the Hanse Yacht line was coming to Canada and knowing a bit about the designers background, we were anxious to get a chance to go sailing on the new 411. Judel and Vrolijk are among the world leaders in designing racing yachts for well-known events such as the America 's Cup, the Whitbread Round-the-World race and the Sardinia Cup. For many Rolf Vrolijk's most recent accomplishment as head designer for "Alinghi " makes this name so familiar for some. For others, the name may be known through his Canadian connection working with C&C Yachts in the Kiel, Germany plant. I have always felt that anyone who raced would have the practical experience and an edge to design any boat, whether for cruising or racing. In this Hanse, this edge is most apparent. Here is a boat with solid racing lineage that is a solid, safe and functional cruiser.

FlRST IMPRESSIONS
Arriving at the dock we were immediately taken aback by the good looks and presence of the boat with its teak deck and beautiful blue hull. The 9/10, two spreader rig looked simple and the deck layout clean, with controls running aft, making single-handing a snap. The look and classic feel this boat presented was a head turner for sure.

A close examination of the construction methods and techniques also did not disappoint. One neat feature was the hull deck join being through bolted to the aluminum toe rail and then bonded. Another notable one was the two-part, keel system that includes a lead bottom section through bolted to a cast iron fin section. In the case of severe grounding, the lead will act as a shock absorber and minimize any hull damage. The boat is robust and well-built with a solid fiberglass construction to the waterline and balsa core throughout the topsides and deck.

Hanse 411 - BerthThe late afternoon test sail conditions were perfect; a late spring thunderstorm has just blown through leaving a nice 6 - 10 knot breeze and flat water. This boat showed its heritage and when I took the helm, boasting a fabulous, leather-wrapped steering wheel, the boat was ever so responsive and smooth. Immediately one sensed that the Hanse 411 could be raced as easily as it could be cruised. In fact, just recently "Fram", a Hanse 411, had won a single-handed race on Europe's Lake Constance. The boat was quick to accelerate out of tacks and its self-tacking jib made the crew work easy. One could imagine the debate on whether to use power or sail as this boat could easily tack up any tight channel.

We experienced, first-hand, the boat's super stability created from the balance of the oversized waterline beam and its lower mounted lead keel of 3,250 kg. This allows for its large mainsail and sail plan that make this boat perform in light winds and heavy air alike.

ON DECK
We were immediately impressed with the deck layout, size of cockpit and just how uncluttered the layout was. We loved the big steering wheel that easily allowed the helmsman the chance to get to weather and have super visibility. We were also impressed with the neat footrests that allow easy bracing and comfort for the helmsman. The cockpit also boasts a two drop-leaf table that hangs from the steering pedestal.

The self-tacking jib helped in making the cockpit a clean and uncluttered space. Some might have to get used to the set up for this, however, with the jib sheet running through the mast with controls lead aft; its concept is elegant, simple and provides super easy cruising. The self-furling jib system is quick, efficient and easy to operate.

Hanse 411 - Chart tableThe mainsheet traveler system runs just ahead of the companionway and its controls, too, are lead aft to the neat set of jammer/organizers. The mainsheet is also leading aft, reinforcing the centralized control of the sails and trim. A feature we really liked was the use of a Harken electric winch on the boat. We used it to raise and lower the big mainsail; when lowered, the main is captured into the boom with a Maindrop system that uses lazy jacks, also very neat.

BELOW DECK
The layout and feel below were just as impressive as on deck. Big, beautifully finished and bright summed the interior up. Hanse itself refers to New England-type interior influences that include a lot of white on bulkheads and an easily removable headliner. As the mast is deck stepped, the Compression post is just behind the main bulkhead and does not in any way interfere with the look and feel of the cabin.

Numerous layouts are available below decks; it is important for one to take the time to really determine personal needs and wants. Our test boat had a useful aft storage locker to starboard, however this could easily be modified for installation of additional equipment or conversion to space for another cabin. Forward, the main cabin had a large, double berth and a curved dressing table on the starboard side. Again, one could easily opt for an additional head and shower combination there quite easily.

ENGINE AND SYSTEMS
We were very happy to see the use of traditional marine suppliers like Harken, Spinlock and Whitlock. It makes any repairs and part replacement an easy chore. Also, the use of sophisticated computer-aided design equipment at Hanse also ensures that any new fittings, doors or hardware will fit perfectly the first time. A Yanmar engine. with sail drive, powered our test boat. making the handling under power easy: backing up and close corner maneuvers are a snap with the incredible. responsive steering system. The steering system, built by Whitlock, is a rack and pinion system mounted on roller bearings.

Hanse 411 - Main SalonThe electrical systems are well laid out and with great access because of the removable headliner and fold down access panel. The windlass system is well positioned forward over a deep well, allowing easy automatic storage of anchor chain.

CONCLUSION
Simply put, we liked this boat a lot. Overall, if you wanted a responsive, beautifully designed and well-built boat, the Hanse 411 must be considered. The design attributes and option packages below deck, combined with excellent sailing and handling characteristics make this boat a must-see before you decide what to acquire for your next yacht.

Originally published in Canadian Yachting's August 2004 issue.


SPECIFICATIONS
LOA           12.35m
LWL            10.90m
Beam          4.05m
Draft            1.98m (1.69m Option)
Ballast          3.250Kg
Displacement             ca 8.800Kg
Height of Saloon         2.00m
Berths         4 (6/8 Option)
Mainsail       ca 49.00m2
Self Tacking Jib          ca 43.00m2
Storm Jib     ca 10.00m2 (Option)
Genoa          ca 55.002 (Option)
Spinnaker     ca 125.00m2 (Option)
Engine          56hp Yanmar.
Furling          Facnor.
Designer       Judel/Nrolijk & Co Engineering GmbH

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. ...