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