Bluewater Sailboat – Hanse 415


With her plumb bow and low cabintop, the bluewater sailboat Hanse 415 appears serious and quick, similar to the rest of the 5 series line. Even the styling resembles a shark on the hunt and has a little predatory appearance. The waterline of the Hanse 385 is more than three feet longer than that of her predecessor, the well-known Hanse 400, which was expanded by two feet. The identical sail design indicates that the 415 ought to be a little bit quicker. Additionally, she is a foot wider than the 400, adding about ten percent additional inside space.

Although the Hanse 415 is a factory boat, numerous customization possibilities are available. Because the boat is modular, the options go beyond the standard menu of inside materials and wood hues to complete layout and configuration modifications. The master stateroom, with or without an extra head, is in the forward part. The salon, main head, and mobile Sailboats Galley are located in the centre section. Two cabins, or one with a workroom and/or lazarette on the starboard side, are available in the aft section. The owners get to choose whatever mix of all of the aforementioned will best meet their demands. A two-cabin, one-head version with access to the huge stowage compartment from the cockpit or internal doors is the standard.

Hanse 415
Hanse 415
  • Builder: Hanse Yachts
  • Designer Judel/Vrolijk & co/ Hanse Yacht Design
  • Length Overall 40’ 8”……….12.40 m
  • Hull Length    39’4”…………11.99 m
  • Waterline Length 37’ 5”…….11.43 m
  • Beam 13’ 8”…………………4.19 m
  • Draft (std.) 6’ 11”…………..2.10 m
  • Draft (opt.) 5’ 8”……………1.72 m
  • Displacement approx. (deep) 19,621 lb……8,900 kg
  • Displacement approx. (deep) 20,063 lb…….9,360 kg
  • Ballast approx. 6,393 lb……………………..2,900 kg
  • Sail area 936 sq ft…………………………….86.96 sq m
  • Fuel 42 gal……………160 L
  • Water 85 gal………….320 L
  • Waste 9.25 gal………..35 L
  • Auxiliary Power 38 HP Volvo


The Hanse 415 looks similar to many other 40-foot modern production cruising sailboats on the surface. It features a level bow, a substantial beam carried well aft, a cosy cockpit, two helms, and a walk-through transom leading to a swim step that lowers. It is made to be quick and manageable, just like many modern cruising boats.

The hull of the Hanse 415 is constructed of solid fibreglass below the waterline, end-grain balsa cored above the waterline, and solid fibreglass grid reinforcement. Isophthalic gelcoat serves as the laminate’s exterior skin, while vinylester resin and polyester resin were also employed to prevent blistering. The deck likewise has a vinylester outer layer and a balsa core.

To add stiffness, bulkheads are bonded to the hull. A shallower 5ft 8in L-keel with a cast iron fin and lead bulb is also available. Standard keels include a 6ft 11in T-shaped cast iron fin and bulb. The double-spreader, aluminum mast with deck steps is supported by wire shrouds and a split backstay. Large semi-balanced spade mounted on an alloy stock serves as the rudder.

Hanse uses balsa coring in the topsides and deck, and solid glass for the hull below the waterline. To stop blistering, a layer of vinylester resin is placed next to the gelcoat. The L-shaped cast-iron keel, which is attached with stainless-steel bolts, contributes to the sailboat’s stiff performance under sail. A deep T-keel is not required. A 38-horsepower Volvo and saildrive power the 415. Anyone who plans to do a lot of motoring may want to take into account the optional 55-horsepower engine, which the BOTY judges felt the boat to be significantly underpowered.

Above Deck

With its appearance, the 415 stands out in a field that is generally cluttered. the bluewater sailboat’s sleek lines and proportions, which strike the perfect balance between modern and perhaps even a little edgy without being overly radical. Then there are more concrete explanations. These include the visibility from the two helms, the walk-through stern that is simple to access, and the roomy cockpit seating.

The sleek, reliable, and teak-topped cockpit table served as a suitable mounting location for a pivoting chartplotter that can be easily viewed from either helm station. It may surprise you to learn that a modern performance cruiser does not come standard with an easy-to-read chartplotter.

Naturally, you only really need to move forward when it’s time to activate the anchor windlass or grab a mooring ball because all lines flow back to the cockpit and the main sail has an incredibly smooth Antal luff track that allows it to glide into a stack-pack on the boom with ease.

The companionway hatch slides well forward when viewed from on deck, and the steps down are lengthened and slanted for convenience. When moving around while moving, wide side decks and strong handholds along the coachroof are desired. One minor complaint topside: Ports along the cabin roof that open outward can be true ankle-biters, but they are unlikely to be open while sailing.

Below Deck

Belowdecks, beginning with the companionway steps, the idea that little things may have a huge influence is emphasised. The companionway steps on the 415 are designed on a shallow inclination, making them incredibly simple to descend, in contrast to some companionways that have steep, ladder-like slopes. The saloon feels open and breezy because to the additional wide companionway opening and the large clear plastic companionway hatch.

The layout of the accommodations is quite typical—decent storage, a U-shaped couch, a sizable galley with a microwave, etc.—but it’s the small details that make the difference. From a sophisticated basin (more than just a sink) in the head to a designated wine storage place under the bed, all of the lighting and drapes may be controlled remotely.

A lot of thought has gone into maximising every aspect of this boat’s interior living space, from the lights that can be dimmed and shades that can be pulled shut with a remote control unit to a stylish basin (more than just a sink) in the head, dedicated wine storage area under the sole, and a nav table that can be dropped down to provide more saloon seating (or a decent sea berth).

The Hanse 415 is available with two or three cabins, like many other 40-footers, but Hanse differs from other production boat builders in that it provides a wide range of additional interior options. Additionally, the options for interior fabric choices and wood treatments are virtually endless.

The master cabin will always be front and have plenty of headroom, ventilation, and storage no matter how the sailboat is set up. Guest rooms can be medium or tiny, but in either case they’ll still contain the necessities—including double berths, stowage, and room to get dressed—that you’d expect from a guest cabin aft. (On the flip side, the berth there gets rather tight around the toes forward.)

The saloon and galley are both attractive and classic below decks, with a wide, U-shaped eating space to starboard (a section of the seat’s base folds out and includes cushions to provide a double berth or lounging area) and a settee opposite with a flexible, two-position nav station. The 41-foot touring boat’s L-shaped galley has all the cooking and refrigeration equipment you’d expect, and the fiddles along the counters are useful for cooking in any kind of seaway.


The Hanse 415 is described as “delightfully uncomplicated sailing pleasure.” Hanse found that hiring Judel-Vrolijk to design their contemporary, vivacious yet beamy hull lines was a winning formula and they have since created some of the cleanest deck profiles available. Coachroofs have a sleek appearance, but cockpit safety can suffer. However, lofty topsides prefer spacious interiors.

This pattern is continued in the 415, which has motorised winches (optional) directly in front of each wheel by running rigging led right aft. One person can hoist, tack, and manage the sails while the family unwinds in a cockpit free of lines thanks to another Hanse specialty: the employment of a self-tacking jib.

The large main, which is sheeted using the German style and also led back to the two winches, provide the grunt in light winds.

She overpresses upwind after shaking out the second reef but still manages to register a brisk 7.5 knots. The Jefa steering supports the impression that you are in total control when driving. Although it was simple to solo sail the Hanse 415 in the winds, is straightforward to dump any excessive force or electrically adjust the sails from the helm. The outcome is an effortless, comfortable, and enjoyable afternoon of sailing on flat water with Force 5 gusting to 6.

Performance is rather vivacious, achieving highly admirable passage speeds of 5-8 knots in winds of Force 2–5. The vertical leech battens nearly fully eliminated the self-regular tacker’s nemesis, a misbehaving leech offwind. All that was needed was the odd wander forward to adjust the leech line. She’s an amazing yacht to sail when sailing with family.

Quick Notes

Making the 415 any simpler to solo sail while maintaining the enjoyment she offers at the helm would be difficult. A roomy, cozy, affordable family cruiser with plenty of storage.

She’s not the right choice if you’re a performance enthusiast looking for lines to experiment with in order to find those elusive fractions of a knot. She checks all the boxes and offers wonderful value if, however, you have a young family and are looking to increase their excitement for sailing to match your own. She sails and moors incredibly quickly if you use the SMS (safe mooring system) joystick control. She drives with confidence, accelerates smoothly, and manages to passably mimic a penthouse flat below, although on a shoestring budget. She’ll make a fantastic weekend base in the UK, Baltic, or the Med, and she’ll also figure out the summer vacation puzzle.

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