Hanse 400 - it has it allBy John Kerr

It's classic, comfortable well-designed and easy to sail. From the minute you step onto the deck of a Hanse you're immediately struck by the fact that they have employed a design team with its act together. They are a team with a clear goal in mind and a design pedigree second to none. Sailing a Hanse is a dream - and if you're a regular CY reader you already know how I feel about the Hanses: I am one of the converted.

These boats are fast-cruising lifestyle yachts that are comfortable, responsive and easy as punch to sail.

Hanse has it all. That's why I couldn't wait to see the new Hanse 400 at the boat show. Even when only seen on the hard it looks like the latest triumph and I can't wait to sail her. Stay tuned for the on-water test once the ice is out of the harbour.

In the meantime, here's a preview.

From stem to stern you can see evidence of the effort and style provided by design team Judel and Vrolijk. This boat is the latest offering in the "cross over design". They have accomplished and even exceeded their mission.

Like its sister ships, this boat show specimen looks to be fast and easy to handle - her speed no doubt the result of builders' efforts to stop at nothing to save weight.

Tapered mast heads are standard and provide further evidence of their attention to this detail, but you can also lighten the hull further with the optional epoxy layup technique that decreases overall weight by a further 4%. Our call on this is to go for it; when it comes to maintenance issues like osmosis this hull design has its advantages.

Hanse 400 - GalleyThe attention to derail continues topside. The split or divided bow pulpit is a nice touch, very safe but practical. The layout of the anchor roller juxtaposed near the standard furling gear is well done and neat. They have even designed the bow assembly to take a gennaker pole.

Above the waterline the deck is balsa cored fiberglass. Below the waterline the hull is solid fiberglass.

All lines are led aft. Typical of the Hanse fleet, the no-nonsense self-tacker is present, making those tight tacks a breeze in any channel or harbour. Cruising and entertaining with a self-tacker on board just makes life so much easier for those new sailors and guests and makes single-handling a breeze when your guests have deserted the ship.

All the instrumentation is easily visible from a variety of crew positions and the console placed amidships complements the open cockpit beautifully.

A final nice touch is the adoption of the new trend to larger leather-wrapped steering wheels. It's a feature we absolutely love. The only improvement we might suggest is a folding wheel to give a bit more wiggle room for loading and unloading at the dock.

If the Hanses we've seen so far are any indication, design and flexibility are two words that epitomize these boats. The cabin layout offers further evidence of both those characteristics. We identified up to five configurations, allowing for one or two stern cabins and a diagonal or traditional fore cabin. The diagonal layout allows for a more open feel and there is tons of headroom. Most designers let you choose your upholstery. With the Hanse you can also pick the wood colours: they offer a choice of cherry or mahogany.

Hanse 400 - cabinetryThe galley is bright and efficient with gimbaled oven/stove combination and tons of storage. The navigation center is also well-placed with overhead lockers a neat touch. Accessing the engine room is easy and we particularly like the fact that the companionway steps are mounted right on the access door - easily lifted and balanced with gas pressure struts.

While I admit I can hardly wait for the snow to go so I can put her through her paces, even seeing her under the lights at the boar shows convinces me that my theories about these boats and their design team are still valid.

When it comes to a boat created to combine flexibility and innovative design, it seems to me that the Hanse 400, just like every other Hanse I've tested so far, has it all.

Originally published in Canadian Yachting’s April 2006 issue.

Photo Captions
Photo 1 - Hanse has it all.
Photo 2 - The galley area of the new Hanse 400 is bright and efficient
Photo 3 - With Hanse you can pick between cherry or mahogany for the cabinetry.

Related Articles

Tuesday, 06 August 2019 22:38

Yacht builder Hanse Yachts recently shipped its 10,000th yacht. Hanse delivered its new 458 to Bremerhaven for shipment by cargo vessel to the new owner in New Zealand. Delivering #10,000 marks a...

Wednesday, 10 August 2016 11:39

When the Canadian Yachting team heard that the Hanse Yacht line was coming to Canada and knowing a bit about the designers background...      

CY Virtual Video Boat Tours

Virtual Boat ToursWe all love boats and nothing can break us up! So, what better way to spend our time than looking at interesting boats and going aboard in a virtual ride or tour. We have asked our friends at various dealers and manufacturers to help us assemble a one-stop online resource to experience some of the most interesting boats on the market today. Where the CY Team has done a review, we connect you to that expert viewpoint. If you can’t go boating, you can almost experience the thrill via your screen. Not quite the same, but we hope you enjoy our fine tour collection.

 

Read more about the CY Virtual Boat Tours....................

 

Cruisers Yachts 42 GLSBy Andy Adams

Once again, Cruisers Yachts is leading the market for day boats with their new 42 GLS model that premiered at the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show at the end of October. The concept of a large day boat is now a very well-established trend made possible by the amazing new power and efficiency of the latest four stroke outboards.

Buyers are looking for a different boating experience and we think that the 42 GLS nails it. Fast, handsome and versatile, the 42 GLS is designed for fun and adventure.

Read More

Destinations

  • Prev
In Part I, Sheryl Shard ended the story at June and the start of Hurricane Season when they were ...
You likely aren’t quite ready to travel yet, but we have our fingers crossed that we can all fly ...
Ontario’s best-kept secret, the Trent-Severn Waterway National Historic site holds the key to ...
Located on the sunny south shore of the harbour, the Marina is on pilings over the water, offering ...
The approach to the Chemainus Municipal Dock from Stuart Channel is straightforward and is ...
I leaned my head back into the water and floated easily. Having spent my childhood playing in ...
History: right after gym and just before chemistry class. Fifty minutes of naming the prime ...
On May 19, the New York State Canal Corporation today announced an updated opening schedule for the ...
If you have four hours to enjoy a fine tour of one of Canada’s most interesting waterways (let’s ...
Boom & Batten Restaurant is suspended over the water adjacent to the Songhees Walkway and ...

 

Bahamas - There and Back Again IIIn Part I, Sheryl Shard ended the story at June and the start of Hurricane Season when they were once again joined by friends.

This time it was Noel and Tracey Dinan, whose new shallow-draft Allures 49.5 was in build at the time, we headed north from the Exumas across the expanse of the Great Bahama Bank, dodging coral patches as we sailed to Eleuthera then Marsh Harbour, Great Abaco. Another commercial centre in the islands, we cleared out of the Bahamas here after provisioning for our offshore passage up to the Chesapeake Bay on the US mainland and out of the Hurricane Zone until mid-November...

Read More

Lifestyle

  • Prev
OK, stop the presses. This photo just came in from Beacon Bay. Clearly those folks know how to get ...
Back in the day, the publisher of a magazine would receive a bound copy of the year’s monthly ...
Boaters on BC’s West Coast have heard the story of the garbage pickers of the Marine debris removal ...
Skipper John “Drew” Plominski is hoping that lightning doesn’t strike twice. Plominski, whose boat ...
The Association provides a forum for exchanging information, tips and access an advocate on behalf ...
Kristin Cummings, Operations Manager at Beacon Bay Marina took this shot after the skies broke ...
Our Photo of the Week (two, in fact) comes from New Zealand where the second America’s Cup AC 75 ...
The Marine Debris Recovery Initiative (MDRI), a collaboration with the Clean Coast, Clean Waters ...
The International Joint Commission (IJC) is reviewing Plan 2014 and could use your help. The plan ...
The Council of the Great Lakes Region (CGLR), thanks to funding from Environment and Climate Change ...

DIY & How to

  • Prev
Styles, shapes, pitch and diameter of props are widely discussed on online boating forums, YouTube ...
There’s nothing worse than wondering how much fuel you have on board. You’re left wondering how ...
As the cold approaches, shrink-wrapping is a hot topic, and I’ve heard more than a few debates at ...
“They don’t make ‘em like they used to”, is a phrase that many of us are familiar with. Most of the ...
I’m on many different types of boats, with many configurations. Some have a single ...
I often get asked if regular care and maintenance is necessary for inflatable PFDs. Here is a ...
Labour Day weekend tends to be the ‘last hurrah’ on many fronts: the last long weekend of the ...
One of the Great Lakes’ best known tall ships, sail training vessel TS Playfair, will soon be ...
My Dad is not a mechanical guy. He is educated and well-read, and handy around the house – but not ...
I was cleaning up my workbench the other day. My eyes then scanned across my workbench and fell on ...

WinterizationBy Andrew McDonald, Lakeside Marine Services

“They don’t make ‘em like they used to”, is a phrase that many of us are familiar with. Most of the time it is in reference to a bygone era of better, and it’s used to lament the sorry state of what we have today. It is a phrase that can be applied to many areas of our lives: architecture, art, furniture, tools. Boats? I would argue that they don’t make them like they used to. But, is that lamentable, or is it progress?

Progress, I think. With this concept in mind, as we enter another season of putting boats to bed for the winter, why do we winterize as we always have?

Read More

 

  

Marine Products

  • Prev
On Monday, Volvo Penta announced the availability of their fully integrated assisted docking system ...
Perhaps the ultimate audio solution for boat owners, the JBL by Harman BassPro Go from Prospec ...
It only takes one foggy, disorienting day on the water to make a boat owner understand the value of ...
It’s a voyage everyone wants to undertake, but few get to make. The Whales of Lake Erie is the ...
Over the years I have had a real soft spot for the Jeep Wrangler line of models. Recently I had the ...
Wait no longer, the 2021 Rideau Canal & Lower Ottawa River PORTS Guide has returned! Purchase ...
The Tundra 65 is Yeti's most versatile cooler, just as adept at keeping catches cold as it is ...
Fireball self Extinguisher. It's a revolutionary self-detonating device designed to extinguish a ...
The problem with driving any full-size Pickup Truck or Sport Utility Vehicle is that when you are ...
Wait no longer - the 2021 Rideau Canal & Lower Ottawa River PORTS Guide will be available for ...