HANSE 588 2018
The Hanse 588 offers a huge amount of space both on deck and below. She offers a well thought out package at a much lower price point than semi custom yachts of this size.
Compared to the earlier model, there’s a more open saloon with larger hull windows an improved standard of finish on the Hanse 588. As well as seating both sides, with the possibility of distinct dining and lounging areas, the six opening skylights cover an impressive three square metres of the deckhead. There’s also a retractable flat screen TV on the main bulkhead.
The 2.15m (7ft 2in) maximum headroom gives an impressive feeling of space, while 20 opening deck hatches provide maximum ventilation in harbour and help improve natural light throughout the accommodation. A wide number of factory-fitted options enable owners to tailor everything from navigation and entertainment systems to sail specification and keel type to their needs.
The spacious 3.6m (12ft) long owners suite extends the full width of the hull forward of the mast. There’s extensive sound proofing built into the main bulkhead, while a rubber gasket automatically seals the gap under the door.
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ON DECK AND PERFORMANCE
Most of the sail handling systems can be operated from positions next to the twin helm stations at the aft end of the cockpit, with electric winches and furling systems offered as options that are likely to be taken up by most owners. At the transom there’s access to the fold-down bathing platform via three easy steps, as well as the tender garage with its slick easy-launch system.
The forward section of the cockpit is given over to guest use, where there’s a table each side, as well as an optional wet bar. An optional hardtop provides excellent shade, as well as keeping the mainsheet tackle safely clear of the cockpit area. There’s also an optional outdoor galley area with fridge, bar-be-que and sink. In front of the mast is a lowered section of coachroof that’s designed as a sun bathing area.
Sail plan options include a self-tacking jib and a larger genoa set on separate forestays. This enables efficient sails to be set over a wide range of wind strengths, whether reaching or close hauled. In a boat of this size, sailing with the wind right aft is rarely the most efficient way of reaching a destination that’s directly downwind. A furling asymmetric spinnaker therefore makes absolute sense – even gybing is easy with this, as it can be rolled away before the manoeuvre and then unfurled once the boat is settled on the new course. Hanse also offers what it dubs as a ‘crossover’ sail, which is effectively a furling Code 0 of tough laminate material designed to a shape that’s optimised for cruising use, rather than racing.