Blue Skies for the 2017 Windcraft Melbourne Rally

We had picture perfect conditions for the 2017 Melbourne Owners’ Rally held on 25th February 2017. Just see for yourself in the latest video! So much colour out on the water!

For new Windcraft company owner, Anthony it was his first time sailing in Melbourne and many joked that he still hasn’t really sailed in Melbourne yet!

15 boats including a good mix of Hanses, Dehlers and Moodys sailed to Safety Bay and enjoyed some fun sailing along the way. Read the full rally round up here.

2017 Windcraft NZ Owners' Rally

Check out the video from the latest New Zealand Owners’ Rally in February.

This year’s rally tested our owners’ technical sailing skills with some nail-biting finishes.

32 boats competed in 5 divisions with a nice mix of experienced sailors and complete newbies.

Read the full rally round up here

Mary explains the reasons some people choose smaller yachts

Hanse Brand manger Mary Bickley chats to Above and Beyond boating about the reasons people choose smaller yachts.

Make sure you don’t miss:
0:45 – Why the switch to smaller yachts?
1:00 – Mooring or marina berth?
1:45 – How about longer passages on a smaller boat?
2:55 – Do the costs of a smaller boat make a difference?

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Windcraft Founder decides to buy his family a Hanse 455

When retiring Windcraft boss, Peter Hrones decides to treat himself to a Hanse 455. It’s a sure sign that there’s really something extra special about this particular model! Peter gives us an insight into why he chose the Hanse 455 for his family and  a few of his favourite features.

Plus with New Zealand a current 455 sales hot spot, NZ’s Branch Manager, Dom Lowe gives his thoughts on why this yacht has reached top model status.  Read More 

Hanse 455 Boating New Zealand Video Review

If you enjoyed reading the latest review from Boating New Zealand on the Hanse 455, you’ll LOVE this latest video!

Lawrence Schaffler from Boating New Zealand recently jumped on board  the super popular Hanse 455 to show us around and review her.

Check out the latest video to see what he thought!

Boating New Zealand Reviews the Latest Hanse 455

Following its 2015 debut, Hanses’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.

Read the full review

New Hanse 675 Video

Take a look at the latest video of the new Hanse 675.

Watch how this luxurious fast cruiser effortlessly glides through the water.

See how easy she is to sail single-handed and take a tour below deck where the chic loft style interior oozes light and space.

And see for yourself why she is being called the new benchmark in the 67 foot class! Enjoy!

Looking forward to Düsseldorf Boot 2017

Team Windcraft’s Peter Hrones is preparing to fly to Germany for this year’s Dusseldorf Boot. It should be a fantastic show with the two largest Hanse yachts celebrating their German premiere. The Hanse 588 and Hanse 675 both feature clear lines and a completely new standard of luxurious sailing.

And we expect the baby of the fleet the Hanse 315, European yacht of the year winner 2016 to continue to draw the crowds thanks to her innovative design. We’ll give you the full round up when Peter returns at the end of January.

Hanse 315 Arrives Downunder

The new Hanse 315 is here at Bayview Marina and Mary was very quick to jump on board. Here are her first thoughts …

“It looks really sporty and fun…and so much sleeker than before. The twin wheels are great and it has a nice shape cockpit.”

Read on to find out what Mary thought about the interior….

Watch this space for her first sail!

Hanses shine in New Zealand's famous Coastal Classic

Congratulations  John Truscott & crew on Hanse 415 Good Chanse – winner of Div 8

And to Kevin Stone who – single handed- on Hanse 400 Golden Pond took out 3rd place in same division

The Coastal Classic is a 119nm race from Auckland to the Bay of Islands. Often described as a Drag Race as it can be a sprint for some or a challenging marathon for others….

Boating New Zealand Reviews Hanse 315

Wayne Ormandy describes himself as a novice in sailing but he seemed pretty relaxed when we met for a sail at the Tasman Bay Cruising Club, Nelson. His new yacht Phantasea, the first Hanse 315 in New Zealand, is near the marina ramp, prime spot, and moored stern-to so that stepping aboard on the lowered transom is easy.

“It’s proving to be a nice easy boat to learn,” Wayne says. “There’s nothing complicated about it. For people who want to become proficient sailors, it’s ideal because it’s easy to handle but there’s enough performance there to practice with and improve your skills.”

Read the Full Review here

Rally Prize Winner Sets Sail

Remember the fun we had at the 10th Pittwater Windcraft Owners’ rally in April? There was an extra special lucky door prize this year, kindly donated by North Sails and one very happy winner – Mike Barry. Mike was presented with the new headsail and wasted no time testing it out on his Hanse 385, Elara. Here’s what he said,

“The weather on Sunday turned out great for our first family sail of the season and I had all these available crew to assist with the headsail change after we had lunch.. There was not much wind when we were heading home & it was all down-wind sailing. It is a very nice looking sail and, if it performs as well as it looks, it will be a great improvement. Looking forward to our first sail in a good nor’easter.”

Helly Hansen Sale - April 29th and 30th - North Manly

Want some new sailing gear at a great price?

One of Team Windcraft’s generous sponsors Helly Hansen are running a sample sale 29th and 30th April in North Manly.

Be quick to get the best bargains.

Why Did Chris Dickson MBE Choose a Hanse 505?

Hanse 505…

In the Med this year and next. Caribbean end of next year, Bermuda for Americas Cup, eventually NZ.

Why?

With my wife and two daughters wanted a well built, reliable and safe, modern family cruiser that sails well and is suitable for shorthanded ocean passages to eventually make its way back to the South Pacific…

Hanse 575 - Part Ownership in the Med

Dreaming of cruising around Europe on a top spec Hanse 575 yacht? Well now you can… with a fantastic offer from Yacht Share Mediterranean (part of the hugely successful Mariner Boating Group).  You can own a 1/6th of a Hanse 575 for just $176,000.

Commissioned by Team Windcraft, this yacht has a top end specification with ‘essential’ luxuries like a washing machine, air conditioning and coffee maker. It’s based in a superb location with full service marina and walk-on walk-off service.

New Hanse 675 launched in Germany

Exciting news… the new Hanse 675 is rigged and ready to sail in Germany. The new flagship model from Hanse is already breaking records as the biggest ship ever built by Hanse and Germany’s largest yacht build in series production.

The Hanse 675 combines luxury, style and indulgence on water. Dr Jens Gerhardt, CEO of Hanse Yachts AG calls the new model “a milestone in series yacht building”. We are looking forward to seeing her Downunder soon!

Another Win for New Hanse 315

More awards for the new Hanse 315. This time “Sailboat of the Year 2016” at HISWA – the largest boat show in the Netherlands.

Here’s what the independent jury had to say…

‘The new Hanse 315 is a yacht with a good finish, a spacious cockpit, much comfort and surprisingly good sailing characteristics. In short, it’s a hit!”

2016 Windcraft Melbourne Owners' Rally

It was the perfect way to wrap up the Summer as 14 boats ranging from sizes 35 to 54 ft headed down to Safety Beach in the Mornington Peninsula to compete in the second Melbourne Owners’ Rally.

There was an impressive turn out of Hanses, Dehlers and Moodys competing but the main focus of the event was having fun on the water and enjoying the weekend. You can see all the photos and read about the event here.

2016 Windcraft NZ Owners' Rally

There were a record 36 boats entered for the NZ Owners’ Rally on 20th Feb. A fabulous collection of Hanses in all sizes competed, as well as 3 Dehlers and 3 Moodys.

It was a beautiful day and there was lots of fun on the water as the boats made their way from South Rangitoto to Smelting House Bay, Kawai. Sundowners, dinner and prizes took place in the Windcraft marquee, set up on the lawn with great views back over the harbour to the owners’ yachts.

You can read all the stories from the event in the Rally Round Up here.

Croatia Hanse Yacht Rally 2017

The dates are set for the 2017 Croatia Hanse Rally – 23rd June – 9th July 2017. That’s 17 awesome days to enjoy the benefits of sailing with company while exploring on your own. Choose from a fleet of current Hanse models – 415, 455, 505 and 575.  And there’s a new itinerary – sail to Dubrovnik!

Read all about the 2015 Croatia Hanse Rally here. Still curious? Join us for an information night in Sydney at 6.30pm on 18th May 2016 at Middle Harbour Yacht Club, The Spit. RSVP – lauren@marinaboating.com.au

 

Club Marine Pittwater Sail Expo

Save the date! The weekend of the 5th and 6th March 2016 is the 5th Annual Club Marine Pittwater Sail Expo .It’s a fun family day out held at the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club on the beautiful Pittwater, Sydney. And best of all it’s FREE!

Windcraft will be showcasing two Dehlers here – the Dehler 38 and Dehler 46. Plus the glorious Hanse 505. This is your chance to get ahead of the game and check out these popular new models in a beautiful location. Any questions? Just chat to our friendly Windcraft team – we’ll be there to help! Find out more here.

Hanse 315 wins European Boat of the Year- Family Cruiser Category

Judged by 11 journalists from 11 European nations. Here’s what they had to say…

“A family-friendly pocket cruiser the Hanse 315 has a seductive hull shape that proves a delight to sail and has the beam for a cockpit and aft cabin space. The 315 stimulates the small end of the new yacht market admirably. Space is apportioned wisely, with standing headroom and a great aft cabin. The Hanse 315 is a highly versatile and impressive new compact cruiser.”

Hanse 315 Wins - Cruising World Boat of the Year

According to the Judges

The Hanse had a lot going on in 31 feet, starting with two good cabins, one forward and one aft,” said Tim Murphy. “There’s also a full head with a larger separate shower; space in the forepeak not only with a good berth, but also an area where you can sit down and change your clothes; and a full working galley.

And it was a fun boat to sail. So you have a complete package for a couple to sleep comfortably, cook fine meals and even live aboard for stretches at a time.”  Read more

 

"Roller Coaster" sails - Go Lyn - you finally did it!

Great video of Wayne and Lyn Mc Master’s new Hanse 385 on it’s maiden sail. The name “Roller Coaster” reflects the journey to the final decision to “go for it” and buy the yacht of their dreams.

Port Phillip Bay laid it on with perfect conditions and we love Lyns’ smile as she tacks a boat for the very first time. Our Melbourne Branch Manager  – Nick Jones – helped them fly the gennaker during the terrific sail to Martha Cove where Roller Coaster will live.