The German Hanse sailboat line continues to innovate, and the Hanse 588 appears to be no exception. Having originally premiered in Europe during the autumn of 2017, the build has now crept over to the North American market and Pacific Northwest. An evolution from the popular 545, the 588 has enjoyed critical acclaim in the recent months.
The first impression is that of a consummate plumb-bow, Euro-style performance cruiser that combines elements of a racer with the primary emphasis of luxury accommodations.
Immediately noticeable is the optional hardtop that offers protection from the elements, boom management, and railed handrails for support. The hardtop does distract from the build’s otherwise wide-open, flat deck that often defines a Hanse, and it comes down to a judgement call for the owner. The center of the hardtop is retractable to let the sun shine onto the cockpit entertainment space.
The 588 also features some modern sailing benefits, like a self-tacking jibe, a patented simplified trim/reefing system, and a second forestay. The hull has a few fin keel options as well, suited to different cruising lifestyles.
Immediately noticeable on deck are the sporty dual helms (with individual nav stations), maximized seating arrangements, and deployable swim step off the stern. The woodwork on the deck is gorgeous, and if ordering a custom build, you can choose either synthetic or authentic teak (depending on how much maintenance you want to do). There’s even an integrated island BBQ grill, sink, and optional refrigerator in the cockpit. This sailboat is clearly meant to entertain guests.
Below, the interior takes full advantage of the generous beamy design with a large, open layout. The new woodwork and ample window lighting make for a living room feel with a gigantic galley and plenty of entertainment space. The standard layout has a massive forward stateroom with an island berth and two double berths aft. However, the builder does offer options to tweak the berthing arrangement if desired. A buyer can also choose between a three- or four-head layout, a choice not offered for most yachts of this size.
Hanses are popular for plenty of logical reasons: an emphasis of comfort, smart innovations, many custom options, and an all-around great look and feel. The Hanse 588 appears to carry on that torch into 2018.
If interested in more information or pricing, feel free to check out the website of local dealer JK3 Yachts Sales, jk3hanse.com. Base price is listed at $598,600 delivered to Seattle.