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    Posted: 10 July 2007 at 20:27

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We (my wife and I) are planning a 'Atlantic circle' cruise, departing from the Netherlands.
Our present boat, a beneteau, is not up to the task and we want to buy a new boat in 2008.
We completely really like the Hanse 370, but are wondering about its behaviour in really rough seas.
 
Do you have any thoughts and ideas about using a 370e for this kind of cruise?
 
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When you take a look  www.worldcruising.com you will see that a few 370's have been registered for the ARC.
Moreover you should read the test of the Hanse 400 in a recent issue of Dutch sailing magazine 'Zeilen'. Zeilen advises some modifications to the Hanse 400 before crossing an ocean. IMHO their advise is applicable to the 370. 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote JofB Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 July 2007 at 09:20
For the benefit of those of us that do not read Dutch, could you please summarise the points that they were making?
 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Eduard Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 July 2007 at 11:54
The modifications in that Hanse 400 test are:
- replacements of the tanks, closer to the keel in order to avoid unnecessary pitching of the boat at sea; and
- better protection of the rudder and steering-gear (see also: http://www.hyc.ie/news/newsview.asp?newsid=285).
 
In general the test is rather positiveSmile, specially when the Hanse 400 to Harmony, Delphia or Bavaria boats of the same size.
You can watch the short film of the test at http://www.zeilen.com/publish/article_2755.shtml
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote gertha Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 July 2007 at 18:06
Hello,
I have had Gertha for just over 1 year and have covered just over 4000 miles from Baltic to Portugal this has been in a variety of conditions max wind we have had is force 8 or aprox 35 knots; head in to wind in north sea and reaching in biscay, at no time did I feel we had any problems.
If I get stuck in 40- 50 knot for a day or two then I will let you know.
I have modified for my own use; but moving tanks is not an option and in my opinion would not be needed as we have not had bad pitching.
The rudder we have is the same as the majority of new built boats, Swan and Najad are using spade rudders for there new builds, so if it is good enough for them surely a humble Hanse is fine.
I will be on ARC in December and back at some stage, so I have put my money where I think it is right for me, I like to sail fast and most of the time the wind is not over 25 knots, at these times we are as quick as boats 5 and 10 feet longer.
However if you want a smoother ride on the few days you get caught in a strong wind and large sea then a slower heavier deeper hull boat would be better; but in winds below 15 knots you will be fairly slow and below 12 you will be on power (we can sail in 7 knots true wind at 4.5 through the water by 12 we are in the 7s), also into wind you will be 5-10 degrees worse in all winds.
For me when the going gets rough I turn up the stereo and crack open a beer and ride it out untill the wind drops.
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For ocean sailing I think I would fit a removeable inner forestay to be used for strong wind and storm jibs. I'd probably fit a third reef in the main as well.
 
In terms of below deck modifications I'd install a fresh water foot pump. That'll reduce water consuption and protect against accident relieving you of drinking water. (I turn off the water pressure pump when sailing.) Mounting canvas to reduce the width of double beds is also a good idea.
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Hi Hans,
I have just picked up my 370e from Greifswald and sailed her home to Oslo 3 weeks ago. We really got her tested on her maiden trip with winds gusting at 44 knots east of Rügen. It was of course a rough ride, but she performed beautifully under these conditions. She rode the 3 meter waves with absolutely no problems and the hull felt very stiff and safe.
 
As you probably know, she is very fast too. We got some very nice surfs and our record was 16.06 knots on the GPS (16.7 on the log)! Quite an adrenalin kick!Big%20smile
 
If you decide to go for a 370, I'd recommend the 2 cabin version. With this, you'd get a huge starboard locker with plenty of space for installing additional gear that might be req'd for ocean crossing.
 
Good luck on your evaluation!
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Stella*Nova Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 July 2007 at 10:29
Wow, that sounds like a really performing boat. Congrets to your new Hanse 370.

Edited by Stella*Nova - 23 July 2007 at 10:29
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Thank you, Ralf!
I am very pleased with the boat in all other aspects, too. She has made a very good first impression and I'm really looking forward to our 2-week sailing holiday in August.
 
Too bad you have to wait until next spring, but I'm sure you enjoy your 341 as well! 


Edited by Fun & Function - 23 July 2007 at 11:11
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Stella*Nova Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 July 2007 at 11:21
Originally posted by Fun & Function Fun & Function wrote:

Too bad you have to wait until next spring, but I'm sure you enjoy your 341 as well! 
 
We have sold her in good hand to sweden, so we are without sailing in moment, thats hard :-))
 
So it is nice to hear good reports about our new one. Did you hear about a face lifting of the 370 and the 400? Or did you see it in Greifswald?
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