Hanse News

Hanse Builder Award

Award Ceremony at the “Royal Thames Yacht Club” in London, left to right: Adam Sutton, Yacht Sales Inspiration Marine – Phil Dollin, Director of Inspiration Marine Group – Sam Jefferson, Editor of Sailing Today Magazine.


HanseYachts AG with the brands Hanse, Dehler, Moody, Varianta, Sealine, Fjord and Privilège was awarded at the “British Yachting Awards” in December as Boatbuilder of the Year 2018. A delighted factory said “This was only achievable due to the close cooperation with “Inspiration Marine”, one of the most successful dealers in Great Britain. We feel especially honoured that we have received this prize in a country which is traditionally associated with seafaring”

The Hanse 418 makes the front cover of Sails Magazine!

Hanse’s 418 is a template for enjoyable sailing: light and manageable, yet still powerful.


And as Editor Scott Alle found out, it’s also a whole lot of fun and


comes with a host of welcome extras.


Read the full Article here

New Zealand likes the Hanse 548

This magnificent Hanse 548 was the first to arrive in New Zealand.


Named ” Masterplan ” as through a long career a yacht was the owners dream. Based in Gulf Harbour Marina on Aucklands North shore the owners are enjoying getting to know the boat. Small trips to begin with but part of the masterplan is to sail to the pacific islands.


Gulf Harbour is becoming a popular place to keep the larger yachts in Auckland. Windcraft recently opened a second office there to ensure support for our owners.


Another Hanse 548 is on its way to New Zealand but first it is being displayed at Sydney International Boatshow starting August 2nd.


Be sure to come and see this magnificent Hanse model at the show. It will also be on display at Auckland Boatshow in September.

New Hanse 388 Video

Windcraft owner Anthony Bishop made this video after attending the premiere of the new Hanse 388 and 418 at Cannes Boatshow.


We have already taken four orders for the Hanse 388 – such an important size in the range – Hanse Yachts have got it right again!


Watch the video here.

My other boat is a Hanse 575 – in the Med

Would you like to set sail from Sardinia on your own Hanse 575 next July/August to explore the Costa Smerelda? This is next season’s destination for this magnificent yacht – go north to Corsica, south to Sicily or Malta – you choose! Managed by Yacht Share Mediterranean a 1/6th share is proving a popular winter holiday option for some happy Windcraft owners.


“Crystal clear waters, warm dry days and a Hanse 575 named Mariner; absolute bliss. My wife Alison, daughters Chloe, Eloise and l spent 4 weeks sailing the Croatian coast in July and can’t wait for Sardinia” Greg Low –Sydney.


One share available – for dates, prices and blogs from Mariner part owners, visit the page here.


Or a New Hanse 548 in Australia?


If you like the idea of shared ownership but want to enjoy Australian waters then the good news is that YSM are now creating a syndicate for one of Windcraft’s first Hanse 548 to come downunder.


There are 10 shares with the season split between the Whitsundays and Pittwater. Each share will get 4 weeks usage per year, nominally 2 weeks in the Whitsundays and 2 weeks in Pittwater, Sydney.


The latest model in the plus 50ft range from Hanse – what a stunner to spend your holidays on!


Read all about the Hanse 548 here.

Hanse 505 Shimmer wins with a trifecta

An elated crew on Shimmer celebrate a trifecta in the Melbourne to Stanley ocean race. 1st place in the three handicaps -IRC, PHS and AMS plus an impressive second across the line!  This popular ocean race is held by the Ocean Racing Club of Victoria (ORCV) on Melbourne Cup weekend.


Owner Steve knew he was in for a good race – “This is Shimmer weather” he said in excitement the day before! Steve loves the Ocean races and was heard to comment “I can’t wait to get out of sight of land”.


At 2am on Saturday  flares were used for the 5 minute gun and start – making  an eery sight! The night start was to ensure crossing of “The Rip” at slack-tide before racing across the Bass Strait to the northern tip of Tasmania. 15 of 17 starters completed the challenging race with Shimmer crossing the finish line at 10.41 pm.


” We had big seas, winds on the nose – often at 25/28 knots that felt like they were straight off the Antartic ice ” said crew member Nick Jones of Team Windcraft Melbourne. Also on board  was Hanse 385 owner Drew who took the conditions in his stride.

No More Smelly Toilets!

Hanse Group CEO & keen boat owner, Dr Jens Gerhardt, set himself the goal of finding a way to stop boat toilet smell. Four years later – mission accomplished! All Hanse Group boats built from this production year onwards will be toilet odour free for up to 10 years.


“The secret is in these pipes – displayed here by Team Windcraft owner Anthony Bishop – who is probably wishing they were on his own Dehler 38…


Research and testing proved that 60% of the unwelcome odour comes through the standard pipes used on most boats. Much more expensive piping was found to reduce this only to 40%.


And typically – whatever the grade of piping – once it reached 4 years old that went to 100%…


Jens and his research team then discovered a project being run by the manufacturers of a luxury Italian boat who were also keen to banish toilet odours from their boats.


The result is these pipes- which may not look special – but they consist of seven individual layers, one being steel and one that is infused with vanilla. The producers believe that they will hold 100% of the smell for up to 10 years!


The Hanse Group is one of only two companies in the world to use this piping.


Lucky boat owners!

World Premiere for new Hanse 388 and 418

The stunning new Hanse 388 and 418 were launched to the world at Cannes Boat Show this week. Windcraft owner Anthony Bishop is there to take a close look and reports that the boats have “very impressive interiors that now look and feel the same as much larger and more expensive models ” Anthony will be sharing his videos and pictures at Auckland Boatshow which starts on 28 September.


Australians and New Zealanders have been quick to place their orders – with three of each already snapped up!

Cruising Helmsman Reviews Hanse 315

THE Hanse 315 was created with the idea of being fast, easy and safe in any conditions.


Designed by Judel/Vrolijk & Co this boat fits easily into that brief. The boat is customisable and adaptable to suit any owners needs.


Whether you are after a yacht to race in your club’s weekend racing or twilights, or one that you can take your family away for the weekend this boat makes a perfect size. Read more

Hanse 455 # 211 is launched!

Hanse 455 # 211 is launched with two weeks to go before being positioned in Darling Harbour for Sydney Boatshow.


Team Windcraft’s shipwright Dave Griffin was keeping a careful eye on proceedings  before delivering the boat to Bayview for final commissioning.


The 455 continues to be one of the most popular models world wide – Team Windcraft founder Peter Hrones is excited that his new 455 has also arrived in Brisbane recently.


455# 211 is available for sale now – on a first come first served basis!

Hanse 315 – # 129 is ready!

Is this really on a 31 ft yacht! We love this open interior – how big and light is it. This is 315 # 129 now almost ready for display at Sydney Boatshow which starts on August 3rd. It’s first come first served if you want to make this boat your’s.


More details on our Hanse Offers page

How do you Set up a Yacht to Sail around the World?

We’ve been following Sydney family Fil, El and Aiden on their round the world adventure on Hanse 455, ‘Tranquilo’ for a few months now.  But before they set off from Slovenia they gave us a “behind-the-scenes”  insight into the handover process with Windcraft European Representative, Tom Barker.


In the latest video, Tom goes through some essential checks and takes Tranquilo and her new family out for a first sail. They also test out the new  energy generator.


Plus some great tips from Fil and El on extra special equipment they’ve bought along to help make their round the world voyage as safe and comfortable as possible. Read More

Hanse 455 – Sets Sail in Slovenia

Remember the young family who sold everything in Sydney to live their dream and sail around the world? Well, Fil, El and Aiden have picked up their new Hanse 455 in Slovenia and begun their adventure…


They’ve made a fabulous video introducing their new home and showing us around their first port of call, Piran in Slovenia.

Hanse 385 – A Family’s First Year

A Geelong Race Week win is just one of the highlights of this past year for Megan Jackson and her family. Pretty impressive when you discover it was on a boat they initially bought as a family holiday home!


Megan, husband Mark and their two daughters, Amelia and Grace have owned their Hanse 385, “Cocoon” for twelve months. And the Geelong win is not the only achievement this year… Read More

Hanse 385 – Handover and First Trip to Queensland

It was all smiles for new Hanse 385 owner, Gavin at the handover of his new pride and joy – ‘stellar’. Behind the happy face Gavin was busy planning his first big adventure to Queensland. You see stellar’s new home is in the Gold Coast and Gavin, along with one of his sons and a delivery skipper were quick to take her up the coast. Gavin sent us a great report of his journey. Well worth a look for anyone else thinking of doing the trip!

Hanse 315 – A Tale of Three Little Yachts

The Hanse 315 may be small but it’s just so versatile. Whether you are new to sailing, love cruising or want to race… this little yacht ticks all the boxes!  We chat to three owners and discover how they are using their Hanse 315’s in three very different ways…one thing they all have in common though…they’re all having heaps of FUN!

Toby Hodges from Yachting World Reviews 588 and 675

Yachting World have just released these 2 videos of Toby Hodges from Yachting World reviewing the Hanse 588 and 675.


Toby talks about the hard-top biminis which are now an integral part of the design and ensure the decks remain sleek and open, and the very high quality interior.


Watch Here

Mary explains the reasons some people choose smaller yachts

Hanse Brand manger Mary Bickley chats to Above and Beyond boating about the reasons people choose smaller yachts.

Make sure you don’t miss:
0:45 – Why the switch to smaller yachts?
1:00 – Mooring or marina berth?
1:45 – How about longer passages on a smaller boat?
2:55 – Do the costs of a smaller boat make a difference?


Watch The Interview
Learn more about the Hanse 315

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We have a diverse range of skills in our team who have been assisting clients with this for more than 20 years and we are here to help. Windcraft manages the largest portfolio of European production brands across Australia and NZ, but if we don't have what you need then we will help you find it.


We have a diverse range of skills in our team who have been assisting clients with this for more than 20 years and we are here to help. Windcraft manages the largest portfolio of European production brands across Australia and NZ, but if we don't have what you need then we will help you find it.