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Hanse Builder Award

Award Ceremony at the “Royal Thames Yacht Club” in London, left to right: Adam Sutton, Yacht Sales Inspiration Marine – Phil Dollin, Director of Inspiration Marine Group – Sam Jefferson, Editor of Sailing Today Magazine

HanseYachts AG with the brands Hanse, Dehler, Moody, Varianta, Sealine, Fjord and Privilège was awarded at the “British Yachting Awards”  in December as Boatbuilder of the Year 2018. A delighted factory said “This was only achievable due to the close cooperation with “Inspiration Marine”, one of the most successful dealers in Great Britain. We feel especially honoured that we have received this prize in a country which is traditionally associated with seafaring “

The Hanse 418 makes the front cover of Sails Magazine!

Hanse’s 418 is a template for enjoyable sailing: light and manageable, yet still powerful.

And as Editor Scott Alle found out, it’s also a whole lot of fun and

comes with a host of welcome extras.

Read the full Article here

New Zealand likes the Hanse 548

This magnificent Hanse 548 was the first to arrive in New Zealand.

Named ” Masterplan ”  as through a long career a yacht was the owners dream. Based in Gulf Harbour Marina on Aucklands North shore  the owners are enjoying getting to know the boat. Small trips to begin with but part of the masterplan is to sail to the pacific islands.

Gulf Harbour is becoming a popular place to keep the larger yachts in Auckland. Windcraft recently opened a second office there to ensure support for our owners.

Another Hanse 548 is on its way to New Zealand but first it is being displayed at Sydney International Boatshow starting August 2nd.

Be sure to come and see this magnificent Hanse model at the show. It will also be on display at Auckland Boatshow in September.

New Hanse 388 Video

Windcraft owner Anthony Bishop made this video after attending the premiere of the new Hanse 388 and 418 at Cannes Boatshow.

We have already taken four orders for the Hanse 388 – such an important size in the range – Hanse Yachts have got it right again!



My other boat is a Hanse 575 – in the Med

Would you like to set sail from Sardinia on your own Hanse 575 next July/August to explore the Costa Smerelda? This is next season’s destination for this magnificent yacht – go north to Corsica, south to Sicily or Malta – you choose! Managed by Yacht Share Mediterranean a 1/6th share is proving a popular winter holiday option for some happy Windcraft owners.

“Crystal clear waters, warm dry days and a Hanse 575 named Mariner; absolute bliss. My wife Alison, daughters Chloe, Eloise and l spent 4 weeks sailing the Croatian coast in July and can’t wait for Sardinia” Greg Low –Sydney.

One share available – for dates, prices and blogs from Mariner part owners, visit the page here.

Or a New Hanse 548 in Australia?

If you like the idea of shared ownership but want to enjoy Australian waters then the good news is that YSM are now creating a syndicate for one of Windcraft’s first Hanse 548 to come downunder.

There are 10 shares with the season split between the Whitsundays and Pittwater. Each share will get 4 weeks usage per year, nominally 2 weeks in the Whitsundays and 2 weeks in Pittwater, Sydney.

The latest model in the plus 50ft range from Hanse – what a stunner to spend your holidays on!

Read all about the Hanse 548 here.

Hanse 505 Shimmer wins with a trifecta

An elated crew on Shimmer celebrate a trifecta in the Melbourne to Stanley ocean race. 1st place in the three handicaps -IRC, PHS and AMS plus an impressive second across the line!  This popular ocean race is held by the Ocean Racing Club of Victoria (ORCV) on Melbourne Cup weekend.

Owner Steve knew he was in for a good race – “This is Shimmer weather” he said in excitement the day before! Steve loves the Ocean races and was heard to comment “I can’t wait to get out of sight of land”.

At 2am on Saturday  flares were used for the 5 minute gun and start – making  an eery sight! The night start was to ensure crossing of “The Rip” at slack-tide before racing across the Bass Strait to the northern tip of Tasmania. 15 of 17 starters completed the challenging race with Shimmer crossing the finish line at 10.41 pm.

” We had big seas, winds on the nose – often at 25/28 knots that felt like they were straight off the Antartic ice ” said crew member Nick Jones of Team Windcraft Melbourne. Also on board  was Hanse 385 owner Drew who took the conditions in his stride.


No More Smelly Toilets!

Hanse Group CEO & keen boat owner, Dr Jens Gerhardt, set himself the goal of finding a way to stop boat toilet smell. Four years later – mission accomplished! All Hanse Group boats built from this production year onwards will be toilet odour free for up to 10 years.

The secret is in these pipes – displayed here by Team Windcraft owner Anthony Bishop – who is probably wishing they were on his own Dehler 38…

Research and testing proved that 60% of the unwelcome odour comes through the standard pipes used on most boats. Much more expensive piping was found to reduce this only to 40%.

And typically – whatever the grade of piping – once it reached  4 years old that went to 100%…

Jens and his research team then discovered a project being run by the manufacturers of a luxury Italian boat who were also keen to banish toilet odours from their boats.

The result is these pipes- which may not look special – but they consist of seven individual layers, one being steel and one that is infused with vanilla. The producers believe that they will hold 100% of the smell for up to 10 years!

The Hanse Group is one of only two companies in the world to use this piping.

Lucky boat owners!

Commissioning a Hanse 455 - by Team Windcraft New Zealand

Andre Hubner has been busy commissioning new arrivals for Auckland Boat Show. This fun video gives you the idea of what his job involves -start to finish in just over a minute!

This boat will be on display at Auckland on Water Boat Show next week and Andre will be on hand if you want to ask him about any part of this process.

Hanse Early Bird Offer now on

This very generous offer from the Hanse factory gives you a whopping 75% saving on Options Packages across the range. Even on the new model 348,388,418 and 548! Only until the end of October.

Details are here 

World Premiere for new Hanse 388 and 418

The stunning new Hanse 388 and 418 were launched to the world at Cannes Boat Show this week. Windcraft owner Anthony Bishop is there to take a close look and reports that the boats have “very impressive interiors that now look and feel the same as much larger and more expensive models ” Anthony will be sharing his videos and pictures at Auckland Boatshow which starts on 28 September.

Australians and New Zealanders have been quick to place their orders – with three of each already snapped up!



Cruising Helmsman Reviews Hanse 315

THE Hanse 315 was created with the idea of being fast, easy and safe in any conditions.

Designed by Judel/Vrolijk & Co this boat fits easily into that brief. The boat is customisable and adaptable to suit any owners needs.

Whether you are after a yacht to race in your club’s weekend racing or twilights, or one that you can take your family away for the weekend this boat makes a perfect size. Read more

Hanse 455 # 211 is launched!

Hanse 455 # 211 is launched with two weeks to go before being positioned in Darling Harbour for Sydney Boatshow.

Team Windcraft’s shipwright Dave Griffin was keeping a careful eye on proceedings  before delivering the boat to Bayview for final commissioning.

The 455 continues to be one of the most popular models world wide – Team Windcraft founder Peter Hrones is excited that his new 455 has also arrived in Brisbane recently.

455# 211 is available for sale now – on a first come first served basis! Read more here

Hanse 315 - # 129 is ready!

Is this really on a 31 ft yacht! We love this open interior – how big and light is it. This is 315 # 129 now almost ready for display at Sydney Boatshow which starts on August 3rd. It’s first come first served if you want to make this boat your’s.

More details on our Hanse Offers page

How do you Set up a Yacht to Sail around the World?

We’ve been following Sydney family Fil, El and Aiden on their round the world adventure on Hanse 455, ‘Tranquilo’ for a few months now.  But before they set off from Slovenia they gave us a “behind-the-scenes”  insight into the handover process with Windcraft European Representative, Tom Barker.

In the latest video, Tom goes through some essential checks and takes Tranquilo and her new family out for a first sail. They also test out the new  energy generator.

Plus some great tips from Fil and El on extra special equipment they’ve bought along to help make their round the world voyage as safe and comfortable as possible. Read More

Hanse 455 - Sets Sail in Slovenia

Remember the young family who sold everything in Sydney to live their dream and sail around the world? Well, Fil, El and Aiden have picked up their new Hanse 455 in Slovenia and begun their adventure…

They’ve made a fabulous video introducing their new home and showing us around their first port of call, Piran in Slovenia.

Take a look 

Hanse 385 - A Family's First Year

A Geelong Race Week win is just one of the highlights of this past year for Megan Jackson and her family. Pretty impressive when you discover it was on a boat they initially bought as a family holiday home!

Megan, husband Mark and their two daughters, Amelia and Grace have owned their Hanse 385, “Cocoon” for twelve months. And the Geelong win is not the only achievement this year… Read More

Hanse 385 - Handover and First Trip to Queensland

It was all smiles for new Hanse 385 owner, Gavin at the handover of his new pride and joy – ‘stellar’. Behind the happy face Gavin was busy planning his first big adventure to Queensland. You see stellar’s new home is in the Gold Coast and Gavin, along with one of his sons and a delivery skipper were quick to take her up the coast. Gavin sent us a great report of his journey. Well worth a look for anyone else thinking of doing the trip!

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Hanse 315 - A Tale of Three Little Yachts

The Hanse 315 may be small but it’s just so versatile. Whether you are new to sailing, love cruising or want to race… this little yacht ticks all the boxes!  We chat to three owners and discover how they are using their Hanse 315’s in three very different ways…one thing they all have in common though…they’re all having heaps of FUN!

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Toby Hodges from Yachting World Reviews 588 and 675

Yachting World have just released these 2 videos of Toby Hodges from Yachting World reviewing the Hanse 588 and 675.

Toby talks about the hard-top biminis which are now an integral part of the design and ensure the decks remain sleek and open, and the very high quality interior.

Watch the videos 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?

Learn more about the Hanse 315

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

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.”

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.


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 – [email protected]


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.