New boats

Hanse, the sec­ond largest boat­builder in the world, last month launched four new boats on the same day. Gra­ham Snook takes a look at the new ar­rivals

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Hanse has launched an en­try-level boat as well as three new mod­els from 34ft to 54ft. Gra­ham Snook takes a look

Hanse’s new 348, 388, 418 and 548 are said to be in­spired by the Greek clas­si­cal ele­ments: Air, Earth, Fire and Wa­ter, but look­ing at the web­site it feels as if they’ve been in­spired by the TV drama Game of Thrones.

The hulls of the 348, 388 and 418 are the same as the mod­els they re­place (345, 385 and 415). Only the 548 is an all-new boat. But they all have larger or in­creased num­bers of hatched, port­lights and ad­di­tional hull win­dows. While the lay­outs are sim­i­lar, in­te­rior mod­i­fi­ca­tions and restyling, and some new deck mod­i­fi­ca­tions make these ‘new’ boats. They should be stiffer with a deeper draught and, in some cases, in­creased sail area too. So while the lay­out is the same, they'll all have a lighter, more mod­ern feel.

The 388, 418 and 548 should all be ap­pear­ing at Southamp­ton Boat Show with the 348 fol­low­ing the month after.

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