Oct 8, 2020

Hanse 418 SternBy Katherine Stone

Katherine Stone’s full review appears in the October 2020 edition of Canadian Yachting

Optimized sailing performance and comfortable living – a sweet ride

Some of the most striking features of the test boat start with the twin GPR y-spoke red wheels in the comfortably spacious cockpit. The exclusive Hanse design swim platform down and the two folding thwart helm stations up, the generous access through the boat instantly makes one feel at ease as if you were at home with ample entertaining/dining space. We appreciated that all sail controls come back to the helm and the twin Lewmar 45 ST EVO power winches, with lines cleverly hidden under conduits.

Hanse 418 Under SailIn terms of construction, the balsa core sandwich laminate is only cored above the waterline, (below the waterline is solid fibreglass) and that is set in polyester resin, with an exterior layer of vinylester resin to improve osmosis resistance. Added to this is a robust polyester-bonding in the hull/deck connection and extra-strong epoxy resin surrounded by a structural grid in the keel plates. Everything from the keel bolts, washers and nuts to the cleats are high strength quality.

With flush hatches and no lines, the deck is clean, sleek and free of hazards. The Seldon rig and high sail-area to displacement ratio provides an optimum ride in light winds, yet didn’t over-power us in the 20 knot gusts.

Hanse 418The saloon is comfortable and inviting with easy seating for 6-8 around the fold-out table. Discretely hidden in the table’s console is a stand-up, pull-out wine/glass storage rack with more wine storage located under the cabin floor. With four options to choose from for furniture, floorboards and upholstery, you can customize your below deck accommodation to look like home down to the cushions.

Not only is the boat easy to handle for any sailor, but it will make you feel at home even before you leave the dock with its superior levels of comfort. Hanse has set the bar high for a performance, quality and comfortable off-the-shelf sailing production boat. Available from Pat Sturgeon Yacht Sales in Mississauga, Ontario, www.patsturgeonyachts.com., landed in Canada around $429.000 CAN. Freedom Yachts in Vancouver, B.C. also carry the Hanse line http://boatingfreedom.com

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