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New boats 2017

2016 September 1

We run down some of the new sailboats hitting the water for 2017

Hanse 558

Continuing the theme of making sailing easier on larger boats, the latest offering from Hanse boasts a self-tacking jib, twin steering wheels, electric furlers and has most all controls within reach of the helm, minimizing the number of crew required. The plumb bow, lowered coachroof with narrow windows give it an elegant look. Belowdecks, there are reported to be 72 possible combinations, so customization is easily achievable. The list of standard equipment is quite impressive, and with several sailplan options, this boat can morph into several categories, all under the general heading of performance cruiser.  LOA 56’5”; Beam 17’; Draft 8’6”; Displ. 43,651 lbs.; Sail area 1,690 sq. ft. www.hanseyachts.com. Price: $546,700

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