Boating NZ : FREE TO READ February 2014
The new Hanse 345 proves as easy as ABC for a first-time boat owner. The Judel-Vrolijk design provides generous cockpit space, easy sailing systems and satisfactory performance. L ady GoGa – a new Hanse 345 – is the first of her kind in New Zealand. She’s also her owner’s first-ever boat. He admits to being a relatively inexperienced sailor, but his selection of the Hanse might be one of the smartest moves in his fledging career. “Hanse” and “easy-handling” have become somewhat synonymous terms among cruising sailors – a point vividly underscored by Lady GoGa’s new owner cautiously but successfully reversing her into her Westhaven berth. That’s despite him having owned her for a mere seven days – and notwithstanding the mischievous crosswind playing across the marina. The 345 is owned by Bata Krantich, a Serbian-born medical specialist who’s been in New Zealand for 20 years. In addition to learning to speak English – which he does fluently along with four other languages – he’s always wanted to get into sailing. His adopted country offered the perfect opportunity. A methodical chap, he did plenty of research before taking the plunge. The Hanse wasn’t the cheapest among the contenders, but he liked her uncluttered presentation; the clean, obstacle- free decks and the spacious accommodation. Launched in late 2012, the 345 is a recent addition to Hanse’s line-up of new 5-Series cruisers. She’s a replacement for the former 355 model and, despite being a smidgen shorter, offers more space thanks to a wider beam of 3.50m. Like her siblings, she’s from the drawing board of Judel-Vrolijk, Hanse’s long- standing in-house design team. Compared with the 355, there are scores of changes. For me, the most important of these is a significantly larger cockpit – a function of that extra beam – which sees the introduction of twin, pedestal-mounted helms, rather than the large, single wheel of the 355. Twin helms on a 34-footer are unexpected but welcome; sitting further outboard gives the helmsman a clear view of the jib’s tell-tales, as well as the option of sitting to windward or leeward. Twin helms also make the yacht even easier to sail, which is an important advantage for a beginner There's plenty of zing on tap when the competitive juices begin to flow. “” Boat review Hanse 345 28 Boating New Zealand February 2014 tested_Hanse_Feb14.indd 28 17/01/2014 10:29:17 a.m.
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