Boating NZ : FREE TO READ April 2014
big easy HANSE’S Words by Lawrence Schäffler Photos by Will Calver luxury of a five-star hotel suite. There’s even a small cellar beneath the saloon sole. and, running through under-deck channels, the sheets are all but invisible. They tail into bins hidden discreetly under the seats just aft of the winches. Two points about the sheets – one good, one that needs fixing. Firstly, by running the sheets through side channels, the cockpit is completely free of spaghetti – this is a smart piece of design, given the area’s elaborate features and we’ll have more on this in a minute. Second, this 575 is a base model and carries few of the optional extras available from the factory – her primaries and secondaries are manual. She carries a hefty, fully-battened main of 87m2 and, apart from the fact that hoisting and reefing it might test your blood pressure, it’s a pity to have manual winches, with people COCKPIT As with so many of the Hanse designs, great emphasis is placed on subscribe online at www.mags4gifts.co.nz/boating-nz 27 grinding them, in such a stylish area. I understand the owner is retrofitting the winches with electric kits. In-mast furling, incidentally, is a factory option. Twin helms on angled pedestals provide clear views – especially of the immense teak decks. Their position, well outboard, makes it easy to keep an eye on the surrounding action. This helps with easing the boat into her berth and, to make this job even simpler, the 575 is fitted with a bow and a stern thruster. This will be useful, given the potential windage on the tall sides.
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