Sitting in her slip, the Hanse 575 looked massive, inviting, and also little bit intimidating. Her high freeboard, spacious foredeck and catamaran-like cockpit all screamed Papa Bear’s chair. I had to check it out, if only to see if it would fit me.
This cruiser from Griefswald, Germany is not quite the flagship in Hanse’s line, but it has the look, feel and demeanor of a flagship, with yacht-like features and luxury accommodations. Like all of the Hanses, the 575 comes standard with a self-tacking jib and an optional roller-furling main on a keel-stepped double-spreader rig that one or two people can manage easily in most conditions.
The balsa-cored hull has a nearly plumb bow and the transom is hydraulic so it opens and lowers to the water, revealing a large dinghy garage designed to hold a Williams 2.8 meter jet tender. (Other similarly-sized dinghies will fit as well.) The twin helms have identical consoles that can each hold two multifunction displays or instrument pods. The electric primaries, sheet boxes and sheet clutches are all within reach of the helmsman on either side, with secondary winches on the cockpit combing just forward.
Optional electrically retractable tables front the two L-shaped settees and with the tables down, two giant sunpads are created that still leave a middle walkway from the transom to the companionway.
The deck is flush with low opening side windows, flush hatches, and acres of teak decking. An integrated anchor roller/arm protrudes just ahead of the thru-deck jib furler, which is ahead of a sail locker. The whole foredeck is clean and spacious for anchoring work or lounging. Lines are led aft from the mast organizer via tunnels, so there’s nothing to trip over on the way aft. The bulwark at the deck edge will provide safe foot-bracing even when heeling, but like most seen on production boats today, the lifelines are a bit low for offshore work.
The steps into the interior are more like a staircase than a ladder, so entry is easy. The first thing I noticed as I landed at the foot of the companionway was the amount of light in the interior. Part of that was thanks to the light-colored wood (there are numerous finish options available) but it’s also due to the array of six hatches that are centered over the saloon. Combined with the in-hull ports, the cave-like feeling of traditional sailboats was simply not there.
It will be just as easy to work in the galley on this sailboat as it is at home—even on a port tack—due to the narrow center island that provides both a bracing surface and a handrail. Plus, it adds additional countertop space and holds a retractable 45” flat-screen TV. The dinette has an interesting folding and lowering table that makes the seating area into a large lounge, or an additional berth.
The master stateroom is forward with a centerline island bed, a divided head (shower compartment on one side and head/sink on the other) and a tremendous amount of stowage in lockers that even have their own automated interior LED lighting. This is a very large cabin, and even with two people milling about, nobody will feel cramped. Two cabins aft each come with their own head and stall showers unless you opt for an over/under cabin to port, which then replaces the head on that side and provides good accommodations for kids. The 575 has six layout options including some mix of single or double forward cabins, two aft saterooms, and the bunk bed cabin. For my taste, the yacht-like version at the show would be most desirable with twin aft cabins, three heads, and the sumptuous master forward.
One feature I relish is the dedicated nav station to starboard. It certainly provides ample space for electronics and navigating, but it also has the feel of a home office with extra desk space and even a bottle cooler built in below.
There’s 6’9” of headroom on this boat, which makes the interior seem monstrous. But it also means that the hatches are so high that Hanse provides small step ladders so short crew can reach them. It also meant that handholds in the headliner were a bit too tall for me to reach, even when the boat was level in its slip.
|Sail Area||1,727 sq. ft.|
|Fuel capacity||138 gal.|
|Water capacity||214 gal.|
There are a number of features that will provide easy handling under power. The standard engine with shaft drive is a 110 HP Volvo diesel that’s upgradable to 150 HP. Also, retractable bow and stern thursters will assist with docking. The fin keel with bulb allows good maneuverability and is available in two drafts; 9’ 4” keel (standard) and 7’ 4” (optional.)
Hanse has already received around 100 orders for this model. It’s proving to be popular with boaters who want a luxury vessel that doesn’t cost and arm and a leg and is easily sailed short-handed. With that many orders since launch, it’s pretty clear that although it may be Papa Bear’s chair, it fits many boaters just right.
Other Choices: The Hylas 56 will be a rival when it comes to sailing in luxury, as will the muscular Passport Vista 545. A slightly smaller, less expensive option would be the Jeanneau 53.
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