This is the new Hanse 548, which has an all-new hull design with a bit more beam at the aft end to give a bit more space inside. Take a look round the boat in this First Look Video with Rupert Holmes.


There is a table each side of the cockpit, which allows for an un-obstructed walk-through, but can be raised and lowered hydraulically into the sunbed position.

The new hull design also includes larger hull windows throughout the boat. The master cabin is at the front in the standard layout, it’s a bright cabin with lots of space. In fact, there is so much room here it can actually be split in half to form two double cabins each with its own heads compartment.

In common with many of the recent boats of this size, the Hanse 548 is set up with two headsails, you have the self-tacking jib on the inner forestay and the genoa on the outer forestay that’s great when you are reaching.

Mainsail options include a furling sail with full length vertical battens, alternatively you can have a slab reefed sail with full length battens.

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Written by: Rupert Holmes
Rupert Holmes has more than 70,000 miles of offshore cruising and racing experience, in waters ranging from the North Sea to the Southern Ocean and Cape Horn. He writes about all aspects of boat ownership and marine travel, including destinations, seamanship and maintenance, as well as undertaking regular new boat and gear tests. He currently sails around 5,000 miles per year and in the past couple of seasons has cruised from the UK to the Azores, as well as winning his class in the 2014 two-handed Round Britain and Ireland Race. He also owns two yachts, one based in the Mediterranean and the other in the UK.