Feb 2017 Boating New Zealand Hanse 455

Following its 2015 debut, Hanse’s mid-sized 455 cruiser (13.95m LOA) has quickly become one the the marque’s most popular models. And with eight sold here so far, the yacht’s shaping up as New Zealand’s favourite Hanse.

I’ve sailed plenty of Hanses and I’ll confess it becomes difficult to find another way of saying how easy they are to handle. Instead, I’ll pass the baton to the owners of this brand new 455, who took delivery of her just before Christmas and departed four days later on a maiden 10-day cruise around Hauraki Gulf. Nothing remarakble in that – other than they had never sailed before and that this is their first-ever yacht