The honor comes as yet another example of Hanse Yachts commitment to innovation and sailing excellence.
The Sailboat Review Team | SAIL Magazine | January 2nd, 2023
It's awards season over and Hanse Yachts. The Hanse 510 was just named one of SAIL Magazine's "Top 10 Best Boats of 2024." The expert team at SAIL have been examining and reviewing sailboats for a long time, so this is truly and honor. Here are some of the team's thoughts in regard to the award:
"The 510 is the big sister to Hanse’s 460—a Top 10 winner last year—and it builds on many of the same characteristics of its sibling, with designer Berret-Racoupeau focusing on fast, comfortable cruising and easy sailing. Just sitting at the dock, the wave-piercing reverse bow gives the boat a pleasantly sharkish look, and chines carried aft from the bow provide interior volume with less wetted surface below.
“The cockpit is spacious and versatile, making this boat as good for entertaining as it is for sailing,” Lydia says. During a test sail in flat seas, the boat ably handled on all points of sail, turning out boatspeeds of 7 knots in 10 knots true wind at 65 AWA, and 4.5 knots in 7.5 knots of wind at 44 AWA. “The boat accelerates really well,” Wendy says. “It’s nimble, balanced, and you can really feel the boat through the helm.” Below, a defining feature is the central island, which provides a sturdy handhold and houses the boat’s control center of distribution panels, stereo, VHF, and other items typically found in a traditional nav station.
“I love to see builders thinking outside the box about how owners will actually use their boats and what inventive new layouts and features will best serve them,” Lydia says of the control station. With myriad layouts offered, Hanse provides buyers enviable flexibility in choosing what suits them best, “making it a ‘production boat’ in name only,” Zuzana says."