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sailor. The coaming-mounted winches are at arm’s length from the helms so trimming the sails is a piece of cake and, with Hanse’s signature self-tacking jib system, working upwind is a matter of flicking from tack to tack. All sheets run aft through jammers to the winches and into neat rope bins alongside the helms. With the German mainsheet system’s arrangement of blocks well forward of the dodger, the cockpit remains spaghetti-free. All in all, it’s an uncomplicated, user-friendly layout – not too daunting for anyone learning the ropes. EASY SAILING The user-friendly cockpit is complemented by a relatively modest rig – again, a comfortable size for a beginner sailor. The fractional mast has two swept-back spreaders, stands 15.75m above the waterline and carries a 55m2 sail plan. This comprises a fully-battened, 32.5m2 mainsail “With Hanse's self-tacking jib system, working upwind is a matter of flicking from tack to tack.” 30 Boating New Zealand February 2014 tested_Hanse_Feb14.indd 30 17/01/2014 10:30:40 a.m.
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