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Hobie Mirage Island

The market for rotomolded plastic kayaks is enormous, but the realm of rotomolded sailing kayaks is much smaller and has for some time been dominated by Hobie’s two Mirage Island model trimaran kayaks. By combining the company’s proprietary pedal-driven Mirage under-the-hull paddling system with efficient, but easy-to-handle sailing rigs, Hobie has succeeded in creating a Read More

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Boat Review: Hanse 315

The baby of the Hanse 5 series, the 315, looks surprisingly serious at the dock. She’s got an almost predatory look, even compared to any 50-footers that might be in the area—which seems funny until she gets out on the water and kicks some booty. Between her easy-sailing rig that cuts down on tacking drama Read More

Another strong performance cruiser from this storied German builder

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Test Sailing the Hanse 455 Performance Cruiser

The mark of a good boat is not how well it performs when all is well, but when it or its skipper is under some kind of stress. I’m not talking about killer gales here, but the run-of-the-mill sort of stress that can turn an otherwise fun day on the water into something bad—say, an Read More

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Hanse 575: Performance-minded Sailing

One of the joys of living in the Pacific Northwest is that you can sail year-round—provided, of course, that you’ve got the right boat. As I approached the Hanse 575 Crescent Wave at Port Sidney Marina in Sidney, British Columbia, I noticed three things Read More

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Boat Review for the VAR 37 Cruiser from Hanse Yachts

One of Schmidt’s last acts before selling the company a couple years back was to introduce the Varianta 44, which has now been followed by the 37—a pair of no-frills cruisers based on a couple of older Hanse hulls and priced to attract buyers who would otherwise be looking at smaller Read More

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Boat Review: Hanse 505

The boats built by this German yard just keep getting better and better Following on the success of its 575 model, this new mid-range cruiser from Hanse is set to appeal to aspiring bluewater cruisers. Although the Judel/Vrolijk design team created her as a fast cruiser, at 14 tons dry weight the 505 is no Read More

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Sailing the Hanse 385 Cruiser

The Hanse 385 is a sensibly designed boat full of practical innovations that can only have been created by someone who knows exactly what it's like to go cruising under sail.  Read More

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Sailing the Hanse 445 Performance Cruiser

There is something about a traditional boat that just feels right. How can you go wrong with a narrow hull, long overhangs and low topsides? By contrast, creating a thoroughly modern design that captures this same feeling can be a challenge, which is one reason why the new Hanse 445 is so impressive. This is Read More

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Boat Review of Hanse 415 Cruiser

The Hanse 415 is superficially like a lot of new production cruising boats in the 40-foot range. It has a plumb bow, generous beam carried well aft, a comfortable cockpit, dual helms and a walk-through transom leading to a drop-down swim step. Like many new cruising boats today, it’s also designed to be fast and easy to handle. But as I found out during a test sail on Narragansett Bay last fall, not all 40-foot “performance cruisers” are created equal. Read More