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Peter Russell View Drop Down
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Peter Russell Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 January 2022 at 11:43
Hi Paul
Having owned my 2008 370 from new I would concur with Andrew about how it is standing up to age.  Yes there have been issues - it was one with the window bonding problems - but they are relatively minor.  I like the single wheel arrangement and find that the jib and main controls work for me sailing mainly single handed.  The downside of the large single wheel is getting past it when sailing or moored.
Peter Russell

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote astarte Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 January 2022 at 12:36
Having had my 370 since 2008 there has not been any big issues apart from what is to be expected and mentioned in the previous posts. I have been pleased with the boat, apart from one thing, namely the pounding behavior when going against wind and waves. How is the experience with the 400, what do other 370 owners think?
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Captain Cook Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 January 2022 at 17:52
Hi Kristoffer
I think that only sailors with the habit of sailing in rough weather have their boat pounding the waves.
Some years ago in a strong gale in the German Bight near Borkum, I initially sailed alongside a older Hallberg-Rassy which rode the waves with no problems, while my 400 was teeth-rattling pounding away. I had to tack a greater angle to the wind and waves, so the HR disappeared in the haze, while I repeatedly saw the beach near Borkum with little forward movement. In the end I also reached Borkum though.
Our problem is the flat bottom, which was a part of the Judel/Vrojlik idea of a "Cross-over" design where we were given both a racing boat and a touring boat for the price of one.
Here in Fellow Viking land we call it "hammering poles".
My wife has a solution to this problem: "Do not leave the harbour in bad weather!"
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Edited by Captain Cook - 18 January 2022 at 17:54
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Raimondo Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 April 2022 at 22:17
Hi Paul,

Sorry for this late reply, I hope it is still useful for you.

I have a 400e of 2009 since summer 2020, and I'm very happy about it.
The previous owner treat it with a lot of care and the boat is in a very good shape.
I think the pros outweigh the cons.
The hull is extremely strong (epoxy), reasanable fast, confortable and very easy to sail even single crew.

Like the suggestions of others, I think that there are few things that could be improved:
- the position of the windlass shold more forward so the chain would fall vertically (there are some implementations in the forum), I added an iron plate to facilitate the righ position of the chain, it does not solve the problem completely but it helps;
- in my opition, the power of the windlass should be more, but because it has been fixed without giving easy access for maintanance,  I did not replaced it;
- the driver of the autopilot is not desighed to be in place where there is water; so the water goes into it and the driver does not work anymore. The previous owner had to fix it once, and I had to do it again. Then I asked a mechanic to protect the driver with a special paint.
- The base block of the mast are in a fixed position and not proprely aligned with the organizers (at least in my case with a Sparcraft mast). I added few shackles.
- The frames of the Lewmar hatches are painted and the paint went off (after 10 years). I removed them, anozided them and put them back.
- I have the version with two steering wheels and I have also the traveller for the main (I like to adjust to the best the main sail even during cruising sailing) and the position of the traveller is not optimal.

Anyway I love it and I think it is a great boat.
New design of this year, like Solaris 40 and Grand Soleil 40, in sense seem almost a copy (with few improvements) of the Hanse 400; that was design almost 15 years ago and they cost much more.

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Raimondo
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote ogün Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 June 2022 at 09:51
yes but I define what I want at the factory before they built it.
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