New Boat Showcase
It’s boat show season, and this year there is a range of new boats hitting the shows from Newport to Miami. From a fun inflatable dinghy and a foiling racer to comfy cruisers, our editors share some of the exciting new designs.
Sailing the latest bluewater cruiser from the German-based Hanse Yachts can all be accomplished from the helm, thanks to its self-tacking jib, and all lines led aft to the twin winches at the twin helms, including sheets and reefing lines. The 508, designed by Judel/Vrolijk, has a powerful sailplan, and the optional second forestay allows you to fly larger headsails for more light air speed. And belowdecks, the cruiser features lots of storage for longer passages, and a large owner’s cabin with a king-size island berth.
LOA 51’; LWL 44’5”; Beam 15’7”; Draft shallow keel 6’6”, L-keel 7’10”; Displ. shallow keel 33,290 lb., L-keel 32,408 lb.; Sail area 1,270 sq. ft.; www.hanseyachts.com