Boating NZ : FREE TO READ April 2014
32 Boating New Zealand April 2014 and the similarly-designed Vitrifrigo fridge-freezers – it’s easy to find and access everything. There’s even a wine locker in the sole to keep your favourite tipple at an appropriate temperature. Opposite is the nav station and, unusually for a modern boat, it’s of a generous size. If you wanted to you could actually do paper chart navigation here. That’s if you don’t doze off in the ultra- comfortable, swivelling captain’s chair. I suspect the table will see minimal chart work – the job’s covered by the twin B&G T12 touch-screen plotters at the helms. A repeater down at the nav station would be a good idea. Those plotters are networked with the rest of the boat’s electronics, so you can use them to drive the Fusion stereo. PERFORMANCE The yacht’s auxiliary power is a 110hp Volvo D3, a shaft drive with a folding, three-blade Gori prop. It’s comfortable arrangement and at cruising revs of 2300rpm, the Volvo pushes the 575’s 19.5 tonne displacement to just over 9 knots – smooth, effortless and vibration-free. I did however find the noise from the engine room blower a little disconcerting. It’s a high-pitched shriek and fairly intrusive; the blower may need to be reconfigured. It detracts from the vessel’s otherwise immaculate presentation. But the real pleasure of this boat is in her sailing and stately motion. The radial-cut Elvstrom sails set nicely on all points of sail. We enjoyed decent wind and on a broad reach (in 19.1 knots true, we swept along at 9.1 knots. Close-hauled in 16 knots of wind, pointing around 40 degrees, the instruments showed 10 knots. Days earlier, the crew had notched up 14.4 knots, broad reaching in 25 knots. With the large mainsail blanketing the self-tacking jib, downwind performance is compromised. But if you really want better off-the- wind speed, you can swap the jib for a 107 percent genoa for which there are independent tracks and cars. Even better, she’s equipped for a gennaker. All up, the 575 is an enormously appealing yacht, not least because she offers pretty good value for money – as those 100 new owners will surely agree. As a production boat, she doesn’t fall into superyacht classification, but she’s not far off it, and at around $995,000 for the base model, she’s definitely a lot more affordable. Hanse 575 ➤ loa 17.15m ➤ lwl 15.15m ➤ beam 5.2m ➤ draft 2.85m (standard); 2.25m (optional) ➤ weight 19,500kg (std keel); 20,400kg (L-shape keel) ➤ ballast 5900kg ➤ water 810 litres ➤ fuel 520 litres ➤ engines 110hp Volvo Penta D3 ➤ price $995,000 Sail area ➤ mainsail 87.5m2 ➤ self-tacking jib 63m2 ➤ genoa 107% 74m2 ➤ gennaker 210m2 ➤ rig I 20.7m , J 6.4m, P21m, E 7.1m, A 3m Zodiac fits into the transom garage; launching and retrieving is aided by the large, fold-down swim platform. REVIEW_Hanse_April14.indd 32 18/03/2014 5:57:02 p.m.
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