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Hanse 375 Cruiser Page 2

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Under Power

The 375 has a deep rudder and short keel, so spinning her around is quick and effortless. The saildrive means there’s a short pause before the prop wash reaches the rudder. The engine is quiet and smooth, taking her to 5.5 knots at 2,000 rpm, 6.5 knots at 2,500 rpm and a flat-out 7.6 knots at 3,600 rpm.

Accommodations

The companionway steps are wide, but flat and shiny, though the teak handholds do help keep you secure when ascending or descending. Various layouts are available, with one or two aft cabins and an aft-facing or central chart table. The single aft-cabin layout merely eliminates the locker and mattress in the port cabin, leaving you to do what you wish with the space.

The central chart table on the boat we reviewed worked quite well, as the table can be used as a two-person extension to the saloon table for dining, or even as a casual coffee table.

The standard wood finish is mahogany, which, though it contrasts nicely against the plain white bulkheads, doesn’t really mate too well with the cherry sole or the teak companionway trim. Alternatives include lighter African espruda or American cherry.

The 375’s saloon seating is comfortable, and storage spaces are mostly easily accessed. Bookshelves would be useful, particularly near the chart table. There is a small instrument console and basic switch panel for the electrical system. Batteries, fuses, bus bars, etc., are neatly organized beneath the seats.

Ventilation is plentiful, with two overhead hatches opening opposite ways and long portlights that open outwards so they can be safely left ajar in the rain.

The boat has a good galley with ample stowage, twin sinks, a dual top/front entry fridge and a two-burner gas range with oven. Corian countertops are optional.

The fully molded head compartment is roomy and has a separate shower stall with a seat and partition door. Stowage is adequate and seacocks are accessible from under the sink, but the holding tank is a bit small.

The forecabin has a large V-berth and plenty of floor space. Headroom is a few inches greater here due to a dropped floor. Although there are two large hanging lockers, all the space beneath the berth is taken by the freshwater tank.

In both layouts the aft cabins are identical in size, and though the berths are generous, cockpit locker moldings restrict the clearance above them. The fuel tank occupies the area beneath the starboard berth, the hot water tank is below the port berth, and there are no bedside shelves. Ventilation and natural light is limited to one small portlight opening into the cockpit.

Conclusion This is a reasonably priced, good-looking and easily handled family cruiser. Her sailing performance is impressive, and she has comfortable and airy accommodations for four or six.

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