The Hanse 458 is a distinctive and powerful performer. It combines seaworthiness and elegance, sportiness and comfort, functionality and design.
And a solid level bathing platform that’s just one step down and offers easy access to the water for swimming and for boarding smaller watercraft. And if you’re out cruising with the family?… you can sail the 458 single handed! All lines lead aft to the cockpit. Choose the electric halyard winches and with the Hanse self-tacking headsail… sailing is a breeze.
You can design your 458 to suit your lifestyle with seemingly endless combinations of interior wood and upholstery finishes.
Philip (Fil) and Eleanor (El) are doing what most people can only dream of…leaving their 9-5 jobs, selling up the family home and cruising around the world with their young son, Aiden.
It’s been a life long dream for Fil and one that he was determined to achieve in his early 40’s. They pick up their brand new Hanse 455 from Slovenia in May and will embark on an epic 12 month world trip. Read their story
Remember Fil, El and Aiden? The young family that sold up everything to live their dream and sail around the world?
Well… they have picked up their brand new yacht, ‘Tranquilo’ and have set sail in Slovenia.
Their first port of call is the historic town of Piran.
They’ve made a great video to introduce their new yacht and show us around their ‘new home’.
Before Sydney family, Fil, El and Aiden set sail on their new Hanse 455 from Slovenia they made a great “behind the scenes” video of the European handover process with Windcraft Representative, Tom Barker.
Tom goes through all the essential checks and takes the family out for their first test sail and shows them how to hoist the spinnaker. They also test out the new energy generator.
Fil and El also reveal some specialist sailing equipment that will help keep them safe and comfortable on their epic round the world adventure.
Retiring Windcraft boss Peter Hrones is treating himself to a Hanse 455 to sail on with his family.
This is a sure sign that there’s something special about this model…
While Peter’s new Hanse 455 is being built at the factory, we asked him why he decided on this particular Hanse model?
And he shared a list of top features that were important to him.
Following its 2015 debut, Hanse’s mid-sized 455 cruiser (13.95m LOA) has quickly become one of the marque’s most popular models. And with eight sold here so far, the yacht’s shaping up as New Zealand’s favourite Hanse.
I’ve sailed plenty of Hanses and I’ll confess it becomes difficult to find another way of saying how easy they are to handle.
Instead, I’ll pass the baton to the owners of this brand new 455, who took delivery of her just before Christmas and departed four days later on a maiden 10-day cruise around the Hauraki Gulf.
Nothing remarkable in that – other than they had never sailed before and that this is their first-ever yacht.
To write that 45ft (13.7m) is the new 35ft (10.6m) is, on the face of it, patent nonsense. But when it comes to yachts there is at least an element of truth lurking within this goobledigook.
A few years ago, a 35-footer was about the standard size for a cruising yacht- the happy medium that many of us aspired to. Times have changed, however, and I would venture to suggest that nowadays that measure of the average-sized yacht we aspire to own is closer to 45ft.
Which brings us rather neatly to the new Hanse 455 – launched toward the end of the year by the German boatbuilder with the aim of cornering this lucrative sector of the market.
On recent evidence, you’d have to say it has done just that, with sales of the yacht in UK in 2015 well into double figures.
On the outside you look and think, yes it is a Hanse. But in a lot of ways this is quite a different beast to previous Hanse’s.
From the design table of Judel/Vrolijk the hull is shaped to provide more performance. In the quiet day we took it for a spin I was indeed impressed with its light wind speeds; in only 4.5 knots of breeze we could point under 30° and still do 4.5kts.
Note, these speeds were with the standard selftacking jib. I noted the headsail did lose a bit of its fast shape when the breeze got over ten knots, but it is still more than adequate for cruising.
It should hit theoretical hull speed of 8.5kts in 16kts of breeze at 60° true wind angle. About standard for this size.
A noted downside of a self-tacking jib can be a lack of sail power when sailing off the wind.
This is probably where Judel/Vrolijk come in with a fast hull shape and the inclusion of the asymmetrical Code 0 on a Selden furler. Read more here
As part of the Windcraft Group and with over 400 yachts imported into Australia and New Zealand the team at Team Windcraft delivers the highest standards of service.
Picking up a boat on the other side of the world can be an all-consuming minefield… at Team Windcraft we’ll make sure it’s the experience of a lifetime for you and your family.