Best Boats 2018: Hanse 588

Best Large Monohull 50ft and above
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A good thing becomes even better aboard the Hanse 588. An evolution of the successful 545, the Hanse 588 deck and interior incorporate a number of new ideas that serve to take the boat to a whole new level, whether it’s underway or on the hook. The result is an outstanding blend of form and function—a kind of a mini-megayacht measuring in at less than 60ft.

There are dozens of different layout variations belowdecks, including an optional crew cabin and up to five guest cabins and five heads, various galley arrangements and a utility room. Larger hull windows and no fewer than 20 deck hatches and skylights let in an abundance of light and fresh air. The master suite forward is not only palatial in appearance, but soundproofed with the help of a rubber door gasket, so that with the door closed a hushed comfort envelopes the owners.

On deck, the twin helm stations are well within reach of the boat’s electric winches, with controls for the furling headsail systems and bow and stern thrusters (optional) located on the two superyacht-style pedestals. The sailplan includes a self-tacking jib and a large genoa on separate forestays, making the rig easy to fine tune, no matter what the sailing conditions. Multiple keel and sail options, including the possibility of in-boom furling or Elvstrom FCL 5-Layer laminate sails, complete the picture. The overall look of the flush deck is sleekly elegant, with clear sightlines forward. Practical touches include large secure bulwarks outboard of the side decks and refreshingly tall lifelines.

The cockpit has two tables with a central walkway. Overhead, an optional composite T-top with an integrated, retractable fabric sunroof offers cover when needed, or sun and a clear view of the rig when it’s not. There’s even an optional outdoor galley with a grill and sink for entertaining in nice weather, and a wide sun pad forward. The redesigned tender garage is integrated with the massive bathing platform to make launching and retrieval a snap. The list of amenities goes on and on aboard this boat, which is as well-conceived as it is gorgeous. yachts.group/hanse/us

December 2017

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