Wednesday, 30 July 2008

Hanse Yachts at the Sydney International Boat Show

Hanse Yachts will be on display at this years' Sydney Boat Show from 31 July to 05 August. Eight variants of this extremely popular marque will be on the water.

Hanse yachts have become popular in recent years with their sailing abilities, clean lines, fitout and very importantly in the current climate, reasonable prices.

Hanse have recently launched their new flagship the 630e which has incorporated a hydraulically operated variable telescoping keel. Here is an extract from their website discussing this exciting innovation:
With a new keel construction the draught of the Hanse 630e is now hydraulically adjustable between 3.10 and 2.35 metres. To the crews and owners this means additional access to smaller harbours and shallower waters without loss of the fine sailing characteristics of the Hanse – whether it is the Aegean or Antigua! The new telescopic keel is now available as an option.

HanseYachts continues to pursue the target, which they set for themselves. That is to find particularly innovative solutions for the owners. So far the draught automatically increased with the size of the yacht limiting access to many interesting sailing areas of the world unless the choice of shallower draught and a reduction in sailing ability was made.

Solutions, such as the short or hoisting keels had either a negative effect on the speed and performance or required valuable space in the yacht's interior. In cooperation with the construction office Judel/ Vrolijk & co a new telescopic keel construction was developed, which does not require any space in the interior, and which enables the owners to cruise in the shallower waters of the world.

The largest yacht ever built in series in Germany provides more flexibility with simple handling at the same time. Even a small crew can sail this yacht safely, fast, and now in significantly more areas. Above the water everything remains as it was – and under water there is more space!

Reproduced courtesy HanseYachts

Local agents 'Windcraft' of Bayview will have eight boats ranging from the Hanse 320 up to the Hanse 540e 'on the water' at the Show. They are in marina berths M16 - 26 and will be very happy to show you around these yachts.

They will also have full details of the magnificent new 630e.

You can read more about shallow water cruising in my ebook 'Voyage of the Little Ship 'Tere Moana' downloadable from my website

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