The new Hanse 315 was announced as “European Yacht of the Year” at Düsseldorf Boat Show. The winner was chosen by a jury of experts from eleven major continental European sailing magazines. The 315 was up against 25 other boats and won the family cruiser category.
All nominees were judged through extensive sea trials and and evaluated in six different areas: sailing characteristics, comfort, quality of construction, innovation, design and price-performance ratio. The Hanse 315 impressed the jury with the moderate base price, the modern and prominent line management, the agile sailing characteristics and the easy handling.
The winners were announced on the first night of Düsseldorf boat show and Dr. Jens Gerhardt, CEO of HanseYachts AG, was delighted to accept the prize.
In the words of one of the judges Jochen Rieker: “HanseYachts has always been a very innovative yard, especially among the big players. They started the trend of more customisable serial production boats a bit over ten years ago with the 531 and 461. With the new Hanse 315 they now offer just as many options and variations, even at the bottom of their range.
“The 315 is one of the most versatile entry-level cruisers on the market: tiller or wheels, self-tacking jib or genoa, oak or mahogany style interior, double, single, or a kids cabin in the front… the choice is unparalleled.
“She really stands out from the crowd. For me… the best boat in this size and class right now. The Hanse 315 shows the despite her size she can still have all the innovation that make her big sisters outstanding: most spacious head in class, ample cockpit, extraordinary standing height where needed, roomy bed and comfort, easy sailing, fast and new designed hull as well as elegant exterior design.”
In the words of Dr. Jens Gerhardt: “This victory is yet another chapter in the Hanse success story: After the achievement in the USA as “Best Value Yacht” this is the second major award given to the Hanse 315. The Hanse Team is delighted to win the prize and would like to pass on their thanks to the jury!”
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