Hanse 505: Review and test - Sailing Today | Sailing Today
Wednesday, 18 December 2013 13:41
This is an overview of a much longer test that features in the February issue of Sailing Today. To purchase
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Although the Judel/Vrolijk design team created her as a fast cruiser, at 14 tons dry the Hanse 505 is no lightweight flyer. Instead she relies on her powerful rig, long waterline and hydrodynamic hull
lines to ensure fast passage
times and an exciting sail.
Her deep T-keel keeps the ballast where it’s needed and gives her a decent righting moment. She also has a high-aspect, balanced spade rudder
that extends almost to the keel
is still laid up by hand to ensure complete evenness of the moulding and a balsa core
above the waterline helps keep weight down and improves insulation
. Bulkheads are bonded to the hull sides and deck
for increased stiffness and, common with the entire Hanse range, waterproof epoxy-based vinylester resins are used throughout.
An important part of the design brief was to make it possible to sail this oceangoing cruiser single-handed if necessary, so all the sail control lines drop abruptly from the mast-step turning blocks into channels beneath the deck
, re-emerging just ahead of substantial Lewmar
55AST primary winches (electric on our boat) on the cockpit
coaming, just forward of the two helming positions.
Under full canvas
she was pushed hard in the Force 5 conditions, but took it in her stride and powered on through the light chop. Speeds were impressive for a cruising yacht, with the log showing 9.4kn on a close reach, increasing to 10.2kn with an apparent 27kn across her beam. In gusts close to 25kn true she heeled to her rail, but kept driving forward – only threatening to round up when we didn’t get to the mainsheet in time. Thanks to her very deep rudder
it takes a lot to shift her off her course.
Hanse’s reputation for building good quality cruising yachts has improved considerably over the past decade. While they have always been well constructed using the latest materials, they haven’t always been ‘desirable’. By that I mean their looks haven’t always had the ‘row away factor’ and their interiors have been somewhat rudimentary.
Now, the yard seems to have leapt ahead, building proper offshore
yachts to a high spec. They not only look pretty stunning, but are also comfortable to the point of luxury. Intelligent deck design has made the 505 easy to handle with limited crew and her sailing performance is sparkling, without detriment to overall sea-kindliness and safety
I could see myself confidently sailing around the world in one of these, without the need to spend a fortune on extras.