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HANSE 415 – CRUISING THE PACIFIC ISLANDS

Part 1 of 2: Jeremy and Anne Thatcher from New Zealand are poised, ready to embrace the cruising lifestyle with the Pacific Circuit Rally. After 18 months of preparation and planning, their Hanse 415 ‘Athair’ is in prime condition for their first extended ocean voyage to the beautiful Pacific Islands.     The couple joined …

Dehler 42C – A Trilogy of Owners

They say good things come in threes and the new Dehler 42C aptly named ‘Trilogy’, the third boat of three owners, is no exception.   This sailing mad, trio from Melbourne purchased a Hanse 355 seven years ago.  Part owner, Peter Fitzgerald says, ‘we loved our Hanse, but we got the seven-year itch and started …

Melbourne Owners Rally 2019

Sunshine and balmy breezes provided for champagne sailing during the Windcraft Owners Rally held in the waters of Safety Beach on the stunning Mornington Peninsula. A well-known sailing destination with its own casual bare-foot yacht club, this holiday feel location was perfect for a day jam packed with fun and relaxed competition. Windcraft boat owners …

Pittwater Owners Rally 2019

The Windcraft family spirit was buzzing as a fleet of 31 eager boat owners converged on the spectacular Pittwater in Sydney’s Norther Beaches to participate in a day of light-hearted racing and camaraderie.  From rally veterans to first timers – such as Murray and Julie Sheer on Hanse 455 ‘Sheer Fun’ – they came from …

NEW ZEALAND WINDCRAFT OWNERS RALLY 2019

How much better does it get for Windcraft boat owners than to compete in the magnificent waters of the Hauraki Gulf with a fleet of 37 yachts – all for the sheer joy of sailing. The Windcraft Owners Rally fleet of Hanse, Moody and Dehler dominated the seascape with a combination of casual and competitive …

THE BUZZ ON IN-BOOM FURLERS FOR YACHTS

An in-boom furling system will literally change the way you sail.  Sure, it’s a big-ticket item, but the investment will pay handsomely with increased safety, ease of sailing, greater efficiency and a load of other surprising advantages. Imagine hoisting and lowering the main, reefing the sail, and packing it away, from the comfort of the …

VINYL WRAPPING – ALL THE RAGE FOR YACHTS

Yacht owners in Australia are following the trend in Europe and having their boats, new or old, vinyl wrapped in all sorts of bright colours.  Why vinyl wrap? Well for a start it’s cost effective, efficient, personalises your boat and preserves resale value and the hull. Ross Turner, Commissioning Manager, Windcraft Yachts says, ‘the vinyl …

Hanse 548 Silent Power

Imagine owning a yacht with alternate power – quiet, clean, efficient and economical to run. A global shift towards silent power is giving boat owners plenty to think about. Technology for sustainable power solutions has advanced so dramatically over the years that it has become less cost prohibitive and more popular. New Zealand Windcraft boat owner, …

Hanse 385 Mell Bass Strait Circumnavigation

First time Hanse owners Joan and Adrian MacQuarrie were a little apprehensive when they chose the notorious Bass Strait for their maiden voyage at sea but it wasn’t what they expected.     The legendary hazardous seas and strong winds were nowhere to be seen. Instead, they were greeted by calm waters and light breezes which made for …

In mast furling

It’s a fact…. When it comes to dousing a mainsail after a day on the water a mast furling mainsail is a joy. It’s also a fact that getting a big sail to roll up into a small space can require compromises in both sail shape and roach profile. The essential challenge of mast furling …