Hanse 430

by George Day

Blue Water Sailing
September 2006


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Hanse Yachts from Germany is on a roll and will be introducing two entirely new designs this year and two completely reworked designs from proven hulls.

The new Hanse 430, designed by Judel/Vrolijk embodies all of the innovation that has become the Hanse trademark - from the plumb bow and long waterline hull, to the fractional cruising rig, to the wide and varied options an owner has for interior accommodations.

At nearly 24,000 pounds displacement, the 430 is not an ultra- light machine, despite its racy looks. A moderate cruising sloop, the boat also has an incredibly long waterline and a powerful rig, so it will have an easy motion and will at the same time be able to maintain high average speeds.

Notable in the sail plan is the self-tacking 100-percent headsail that will make short tacking the boat a cinch. Add a genniker or spinnaker and you will have a sailing machine that really flies.

Hanse interiors are not like any other builder's offerings. The furniture is of light woods with a high finish. The dinettes, settees, berths and lockers are angular and minimalist/modern. Down below you almost feel you are in a luxury condo in an ultramodern European building. At boat shows you hear a lot of "Wows" when people first climb belowdecks.

A large volume builder, Hanse also has built a well-earned reputation for excellent engineering, construction techniques and finish work. The 430, like her sister ships, is a sea boat with long legs and plenty of interior volume to carry the water, fuel and stores you need for passagemaking.

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