Swagman is a Hanse 461 - the design that won the European Boat of the Year Award
for innovation after it's launch in Germany
Hanse are now second largest German yacht builders and known for innovative and fast designs from the board of Jodel & Vrolijk. Each model tends to have a somewhat plumb bow and modern clean teak
decks with low coachroofs and the 461 is no exception. Hanse hulls are also usually epoxy
over a foam core
, with a galvanised keel
web for stiffness.
She's proved to be a relatively fast cruiser well set up for short handed crew. All lines lead to two banks for clutches ahead of helmsman and with single
line reefing, self tacking Gib and main, electric Harken
winches, she's as easy to reef as she is to short tack up a narrow waterway. With two wheels she is light on the helm
and with a balanced spade rudder
, very responsive.
We find she is easily managed by two despite the big fractional rig and large sail area. A retractable bow thruster and a powerfull 75HP turbo diesel
make manouvering easy also.
Below - she wil not impress traditionalists. Her cabin
finish and layouts were designed by a top Dusseldorf fashion designer
so its is all glass, gloss mahogony, white leather, maple floor tiles and halogen lamps. We have three double cabins, large saloon
, small galley
, two heads / showers and more storage
space than we actually need.
is also large enough to handle a big party, and overall her high freeboard, volume and rig is such that when parked alongside a 50' Grand Soliel - the Hanse looks the bigger yacht.
Overall - she's modern, bright, functional and fast. We love her.
- 14.2 Metres or 46 ft 6 inches.
LWL 12.6 Metres or 41 ft 3 inches.
Beam - 4.47 Metres or 14 ft 7 inches.
- 2.3 Metre Fin Keel
- 11.9 tns.
We've set her up with full sized spinnaker
, carbon pole and code 0 for offwind. She tends to average 6.5 to 7 knots to windward, but speed rapidly increases once sheets
are eased. Max speed so far across / off the breeze has been 14 knots sustained - but we've averaged 10 knots many days when reaching in only medium breezes and she certainly feels capeable of much more.
Sue and I have been sailing together for 25 years and we are mid 50's now. We were both born in UK, married 36 years, emigrated to Australia
when in our late 20's, raised the boys there over 20 years, and returned to the UK in 1997.
We've owned / sailed everything from a 20 foot trailor sailer, via a Van de Stadt 24, to Solings, to a 30 foot JOG flyer, to a Farr 1020, a Swarbrick 9.7 OOD we built ourselves from spray gelcoat
to launch, to an Adams
40 - all out of Perth Western Australia
Been a member
of Perth Flying Squadron, Fremantle Sailing Club and Royal Perth Yacht Club. Gathered a few race
trophies over the years and with super crew even managed the West Australian Offshore
Championship in 1993.
Now back in UK since 1997 and getting older. Having structured new UK based business to run in our absence we realised four years back we could take time out to cruise
So purchased a Grand Soliel 42 in 2001 from Holland
. Called her Swagman. Tall race
rig and deep keel. Fast and good looker. Loved her also.
Cruised her for 4 weeks in summer 2003 in France
Cruised her for 6 weeks in summer 2004 to N. Spain
of Hanse in January 2005 - cruised her for 8 weeks to N.Spain, Portugal
, E.Spain and Balearics. Even greater still.
plan in 2006 is to take Swagman on for 10 weeks from Mallorca to Turkey
, Syria, Lebanon, Isreal and Egypt
and back to Turkey
for 2006/7 winter whilst we come back.
Hopeful to continue cruise
plan in 2007 by going for 18 months to do Greece
and then ARC
and cruise onward in Caribbean
and East Coast
USA into 2008 ............... before perhaps finding we have grandchildren and have a good reason to get back to the UK.
Maybe even one day will get back to Fremantle...................
We are very lucky. We know it.
Our blog's kept at http://www.yotblog.com/swagman.
Read it ONLY if you wish to be put to sleep.............