Hanse 588

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The 575 is the most suc­cess­ful model Hanse has ever pro­duced in terms of sales – an as­ton­ish­ing 175 have sold since its launch four years ago. So, it is no sur­prise to learn that the Ger­man man­u­fac­turer is bor­row­ing the same Judel Vrolijk-de­signed hull mould for this up­dated ver­sion.

What’s in­ter­est­ing is that Hanse will con­tinue to sell the 575 too. “The deal­ers didn’t want us to take the 575 out, so the cus­tomer now has one hull with two dif­fer­ent lay­out op­tions,” Hanse’s mar­ket­ing man­ager, Flo­rian Nierich, told me.

The hull shape and sailplan of the 588 should en­sure a lively, en­joy­able yacht to sail. Hanse is fo­cus­ing on per­for­mance and ver­sa­tile sail­ing by giv­ing the 588 a taller rig than the al­ready pow­er­ful 575. She keeps the tried and tested self-tack­ing jib, but now has the op­tion of a furl­ing code sail on a sec­ond forestay to im­prove her reach­ing or light up­wind per­for­mance. All sails are con­trol­lable from the helm.

A glance at the re­newed deck de­sign and the op­tions list con­firms the 588’s goal of com­fort­able sail­ing. ‘En­ter­tain­ment’ and

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