We have news from across the Pond: the new Hanse 315 is the European Yacht of the Year 2016 at HISWA, the Netherlands’ largest boatshow. This modern-looking, open-deck performance cruiser has plenty of the customizable features to give her buyer just what he or she wants, from a shallow draft L-shaped keel suited to near shore exploration to a deep L-shaped keel that will give her better stability in lively open waters. She comes standard with ergonomic tiller steering, but a dual wheel layout is also available. Generous portholes allow plenty of sunlight into the airy cabin, and the keel-stepped mast goes right through the foldable table in the traditional saloon layout.
Versatility is the name of the game when it comes to the new Hanse 315. The forepeak has a 3-in-1 design that converts the V-berth space to a relaxation pad, a single berth, or a double berth. You can opt for an open-saloon layout that throws out the door and really opens-up the bulkhead. The inviting interior has that contemporary Euro feel with shiny designer faucets in the head (that includes a shower) and galley with clean, wooden cabinetry.
Of course, the Hanse 315 has got plenty of features that help simplify cruising life, including a remote-controlled anchoring system. There is a suite of B&G navigation and Fusion entertainment packages that will keep you on course and the tunes bumping. Elvstrøm sails and folding propeller blades for the inboard saildrive engine are a few of the many options for the buyer to choose from to optimize performance. There’s a Hanse 315 for just about anybody, and it’s no wonder this modest-sized sailboat made a big splash. Base price is $99,170.