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Topic: Bath platform
Posted By: Johan Hackman
Subject: Bath platform
Date Posted: 13 November 2006 at 09:25
I think that with the introduction of the 342 came the foldable transom/bath platform as an option. If I am not wrong, if you order a 342 today you will either get an open transom or a transom with the bath platform, whereas when the 342 was introduced you would get a closed transom if you didn't opt for the platform.

I think that the bath platform is a wonderful thing giving you the feeling of getting close to the water that you would otherwise lack on a boat of this size.

I wonder how many of you have gone for this option and if you are happy with it?


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Posted By: Ariel Hanse 315
Date Posted: 13 November 2006 at 09:46
I am very happy with our foldable swimplatform. It is very easy to jump into the water and come up again. It is also easy to get into our dinghy and get the motor on it.
I also think that it is easy'r to get a "MOB" inside the boat again.
Ariel 315#395

Posted By: Scorpio
Date Posted: 13 November 2006 at 12:52

We have specified it on our new boat (342 #507) for the very reasons you outline - easier to get in and out of a dinghy, easier MOB recovery (flat water only) and also easier to get on and off the boat when she is moored stern to in a marina berth.

I'll let you know if it lives up to expectations.....
Hanse 342 #507 - under construction

Posted By: Johan Hackman
Date Posted: 20 November 2006 at 18:24
We have a problem with our bathing platform and it is that it broke not long after we got the boat. The construction was too weak and Hanse apparantly decided to make a stronger, aluminium reinfored construction. From what I have heard the new boats are fitted with this new platform. We have been waiting for more than a year for a replacement but it seems Hanse has got a problem with the delivery.

In the shape it is now, and has been the entire last summer, it is hazardous to anyone stepping on it because it can break into two halves.


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Posted By: franko
Date Posted: 20 November 2006 at 20:02
Du skojar väl Johan,
Bathing in the Baltic? When it's not too cold you have the dreaded algae these days.
As for easing boarding when berthing stern-too, isn't the platform a little vulnerable if lowered when parking stern to?

Posted By: Johan Hackman
Date Posted: 20 November 2006 at 20:36
Haha, the Baltic is a great place to swim although the algea sadly prevents you from doing it sometimes. And what is cold to a real viking? My sweet lady and her friends took a morning dip, the last for the season, 8th of October. She beat me this year.

We never really park stern-to here. We are used to the many islands of the Archipelago where it's not possible and we get so used to park with the bow to land so we don't park stern-to to a pontoon either.


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Posted By: Johan Hackman
Date Posted: 20 November 2006 at 21:08
And it's a great place to sit and have a whiskey while the autopilot is steering.

The picture is from Öresund, just outside Dragör, taken by a friend.

I don't remeber who I put in charge of watching ahead, but I don't see anyone so it must have been the autopilot...


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Posted By: Johan Hackman
Date Posted: 21 November 2006 at 16:00
Besides, the salt content in the Baltic is very similar to your body fluids which makes it nice to swim in.

If you are in a lake with no salt content, or on the west coast of Sweden with its higher content, you will feel it if you get water up your nose.

Happy swimming everyone,


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Posted By: Rune
Date Posted: 21 November 2006 at 18:36

On your pic you can see how easy it is to use this platform. I would like those platform was standard when you order the boat not like option. It was standard when I order my boat 342#328. I order my boat Sep-04 but was in Greifswald Jun-05 and sailed home to Norway with include the platform Smile.

Johan, what kind of shipsdog you have? our shipsdog is an boxer.

Hanse 342#328

Posted By: Rubato
Date Posted: 21 November 2006 at 19:07
I refused to order the platform on principal alone. It's over $1000, ridiculous.....

Posted By: Johan Hackman
Date Posted: 21 November 2006 at 20:14
Stampe is an American Cocker Spaniel and he has got better sea legs than the Captain and Captaineresse together.

I agree the platform is expensive but I think it would be worth it if Hanse could guarantee the quality.


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Posted By: Rune
Date Posted: 22 November 2006 at 21:11
I am agree the platform is worht the price if we look at the use especially if we mob where you easy can get the person onboard if with out platform.
It think Hanse will replace the broken platform if that happen. I have teen onboard and they use the platform like diving board and also to parking the dingo bow on too. On our boat we use the platform and I think your platform may had production failure, but I will check out my platform too in near future.
Nice picture you have of your dog Johan.

Hanse 342#328

Posted By: Johan Hackman
Date Posted: 15 January 2007 at 17:37
We have received a replacement bath platform but it doesn't fit, nor the platform or the hinges.

It is dissappointing that Hanse haven't managed to replace it within 15 months since the complaint was made. I have spent a lot of time and effort into making them replace it but I still don't know when the platform will be in place.


PS. My advice - buy Bavaria instead....

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Posted By: Johan Hackman
Date Posted: 24 January 2007 at 13:05
I am interested to know what kind of experience you guys have with this kind of problem. Has anybody else had to wait 15 months before any warranty issues are sorted out? Would you accept that a platform attached to the boat would be hazardous to stand on?

Johan Hackman

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Posted By: Rune
Date Posted: 24 January 2007 at 16:06
Do not buy Bavaria instead they have also lot of problems/issues too.
Have you sent e-mail straight  to Hanse manufactor?

Posted By: Johan Hackman
Date Posted: 24 January 2007 at 16:23
The Bavaria-thing was a joke, referring to another post lately. Besides, it's too late since I already got a Hanse.

Yes, I have e-mailed and talked to them a large number of times.


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Posted By: Johan Hackman
Date Posted: 19 October 2007 at 23:08
After 18 months my bath platform was replaced with one that wouldn't show cracks, at least not yet. It was preceeded by one that showed cracks already after four days, and the one before that was twisted and wouldn't close properly and had to be replaced just because of that. Actually, all three where skewed and the last one is by far no exception. All in all, I have tried five different bath platforms on my boat and none of them have lived up to the most humble expectations.

Should anyone be interested to see any photos, please visit - .

I can't help to wonder how many others have got this problem?


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Posted By: Jacob
Date Posted: 21 October 2007 at 11:38

Platform nr. 1 broke due to wrong construction (too weak); well known problem of the 'early version'; happened September 2006.

Platform nr. 2 arrived June or early July 2007. After something like 20 phone-calls / emails. It was white instead of creme-coloured. Despite the fact that we had anticipated this possible error by mentioning it every time ...
Platform nr. 3 was mounted September 2007. It doesn't fit optimally, but it is ok. It certainly looks much more rugged than the original design. In addition is has drainage holes.
Conclusion: 12 months waiting time. Seems to be quite ok ...

Posted By: sjovild
Date Posted: 24 October 2007 at 20:04
Jacob, I am concerned about the strenght of our bath platform since 2005. We have not used it frequently due too water temperature so I don't know if it will breaks the day we use it.
Our platform do have a stainless construction with "2 feets" (not the older version with only 1 feet towards the hull).
A Hanse neighbour got a new platform this year which also have 2 holes (to get rid of water from the cookpit in case of high waves) and some sort of diagonal construction to make it stronger.
Have you had the same version as we have today, maybe with your first platform?

Posted By: Jacob
Date Posted: 26 October 2007 at 23:05
Stefan, our platform nr. 1 had "1 foot", so it was the older version. It broke when I took a far dive from it. When I was under water I already knew what had happened... Probably your platform is somewhat stronger because of the 2 feet.
"onder zeil" 342#309

Posted By: Monday
Date Posted: 11 July 2018 at 11:14
Thread resurrection... seeing the picture of the dog using it to climb on board and that it's a potential bonus to us having that facility is there any way to retrospectively fit the fold down bathing platform to a 342 factory built with the open transom?

Posted By: kirkelund
Date Posted: 11 August 2018 at 23:18
Hi Monday

No replies, yet? (maybe you hit a "soft" spot?)

I would say, Yes - if you can still get one.

I did exactly that with my (2006) Hanse 342, when I bought it in Plymouth UK back in 2009. The dealer just happened to have one available at the time, so I bought it and had it fitted in Plymouth before I sailed the boat to Denmark.

According to the dealer, the fitting was "a bit of a drama" (his words exactlyLOL) but it worked out "relatively" OK as I haven't experienced quite the same amount of problems Johan has. Still, it is maybe not exactly a perfect fit and lately small cracks are indeed showing up around the hinges.

Regardless, I like the platformBig smile

Maybe, the greatest problem would be to find an example of the original (but hopefully improved) platform? But, perhaps one could also be "custom made"?



Lynetten, Copenhagen, Denmark
Hanse 342 (grey hull, wheel steering, deep draft keel, Jefa rudder - RUD34)

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