by Duncan Kent

Boat Review: Hanse 505

by Duncan Kent, Posted June 23, 2014
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...

Tested: The Hanse 385

by Duncan Kent, Posted March 18, 2014
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. 
Multihulls are famously stable. But the fact that they don’t heel also means their rigs carry higher loads. Unlike a monohull rig, a multihull rig must stand up to gusts and changes in wind direction.   

Blue Water Energy

by Duncan Kent, Posted December 12, 2013
Whether you’ve bought your bluewater catamaran or are still in the planning stages, one of the most important considerations for long-term cruising is your power system. Marine technical expert Duncan Kent looks into a successful onboard electrical system  

Why Low-Drag Propellers

by Duncan Kent, Posted October 24, 2013
Would you buy an automobile whose rear brakes locked up and dragged along the road when going downhill? Not likely. So why do so many sailboat owners do much the same thing by dragging the blades of a propeller through the water behind them when the engine’s off?
When I moved my new Nicholson 32 sloop, Alibi of Bridham, from a marina to a mooring this summer I also had to rethink my power requirements, since the change meant severing my umbilical to the grid. Although I had a powerful (read: noisy) wind generator as an alternative power source, along with a small photovoltaic (PV) solar array to keep the engine’s cranking battery topped up when the wind dies, I’ve since decided to lose the noisy windmill and go wholly solar.

Update Your Reefing

by Duncan Kent, Posted January 30, 2013
Traditionally, all sailboat mainsails were reefed by simply pulling down the reefing lines through cringles in the luff and leech of the mainsail, then securing the reefing pennants—often permanently attached to the mainsail—to the boom to tidy the sail up.

Mystery 35

by Duncan Kent, Posted April 26, 2012
The Mystery 35 from UK-based Cornish Crabber Boats is a traditional, hand-built fast cruiser that hails from an era when seaworthiness, handling and ride comfort were more important than interior volume and cockpit space. The design brief given to renowned designer Stephen Jones was to create a boat that had the looks of a classic, the performance of a racer and adequate accommodations to enable her to be cruised extensively.

Hanse 355

by Duncan Kent, Posted May 18, 2011
Launched in late 2010, the Hanse 355 sports a T-keel that makes her stiff, stable and impressively quick. There are a number of interior choices available that allow you to customize the layout, with either two or three cabins and numerous upholstery options.

Hanse 375 Cruiser

by Duncan Kent, Posted August 10, 2010
Established in 1993 on the Baltic coast of the former East Germany, Hanse Yachts has gone from strength to strength by building performance-oriented yachts at affordable prices. Having recently extended its production facilities, Hanse is now Germany’s second largest boat builder after Bavaria. All its boats are designed by Judel and Vrolijk, a renowned team of naval architects that has had input
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