Hanse 430

by BWS Staff

Blue Water Sailing
September 2007


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In the last 10 years, Hanse Yachts in Germany, has grown from a small start-up to one of the leading sailboat manufacturers in the world. Founder Michael Schmitt’s dedication to innovative manufacturing techniques, ultramodern designs and tradition-defying interiors has set the company apart.

The new 430 continues on those themes. The sleek Judel/Vrolijk hull design has a very fine plumb bow, a wide and open transom and a flat, businesslike sheer. Under the water the boat has a high aspect fin keel with a ballast bulb and a deep spade rudder.

The tall fractional rig is set up with a large full batten mainsail and a 100-percent self-tacking jib that sheets inside the side stays. Sailing upwind, the boat will tack easily with the turn of the twin wheels. Off the wind, a masthead cruising chute can be flown or you can rig running sheets outside the stays for the jib.

The cockpit is huge with long bench seats, twin wheels and an open transom. In self-tacking mode, this will be a great open space for relaxing with your friends while underway. When it is time to hoist the cruising chute, there is plenty of room for handling lines. The 430’s interior (with multiple variations available) shows a large Pullman double berth forward in the master cabin, plenty of hanging and locker space and a small head. Aft, in the version shown, there are two double cabins with unique berths. The main head is aft and to port and sports a large separate shower stall.

The L-shaped galley has ample counter space, a three-burner stove/ oven and double sinks near the centerline. The rectangular dinette to starboard will seat four and two more can sit on the settee to port; both will be good sea berths. The chart table is integrated into the port settee, with a panel for instruments outboard of it.

Hanse offers a variety of interior woods but most are light in color. The design of the furniture is Euro-modern, angular and simple. This is not a heavy, dark teak yacht from the past but a spacious, airy apartment of the future. If you are looking for a highperformance cruising boat that can be sailed easily by a couple and has a totally up-to-date style, the 430 may be for you.

Specifications: LOA 43’7”; LWL 39’4”; Beam 13’9”; Draft 7’3”; Displacement 24,031 lbs.; Sail Area 1,098 sq. ft.

For more information log on to www.hanseyachts.com

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