TEST – Hanse 315: the “little one” will make itself respected…

I am at the Fiera di Genova, just days before the start of the Boat Show. Today I will try out the new Hanse 315, which we had already had a chance to see on the dock in Cannes.

Externally, Judel and Vroljik opted for a “classic” design (no edges or “mainstream” solutions), characterized by a clean deck and a well-sized teak cockpit, where all maneuvers are deferred and with a fold-down transom. The mainsail sheet (rigged with German-style circuit), the self-tacking jib sheet, and the furling jib line are within the helmsman’s reach (at least in the double wheel steering version we tested; the standard version involves tiller rigging), so the boat is easily handled even when solo. The rudders perhaps could have been brought a few inches higher-I being 5’9″ felt them low when standing, preferring to helm while seated.

The interior, as it is a 9.62-meter (overall, because the length of the boat is 9.10 m) is spacious, high and bright thanks to the many windows. In the square, to the left is a very spacious bathroom with shower (we really liked the German-style arrangement of the sea outlets, very neat and clear under the sink). To the right is the well accessorized L-shaped galley. In the sink block is a space for the switch that allows all lights below deck to be controlled in “day” and “night” modes. Only the charting table, on the left, at the bow of the bathroom, is somewhat sacrificed: it must be said, however, that the practice of manual charting is now being replaced by instruments and that on a boat of this size very long sailings are unlikely to be undertaken.

layout-hanse-315-282355Two design variants are available in the bow: one with an open bulkhead and double berth (ideal for young families with lots of children), or one with a closed bulkhead (in the version we tested), extra closet, small seat and double berth. In the stern, however, there is a king-size guest berth arranged transversely to the cockpit. All bunks are over 2 m long. The base price of the boat is 59,900 euros excluding VAT.

I put on my Sailing Newspaper T-shirt, fire up the 20-hp engine (optional, the basic version calls for the 11.8) and drop my moorings. The responsiveness of the boat, when maneuvering, is really good. I have a way to verify this because in the process of setting up for the Genoa Fair, the dock is more crowded than ever, forcing me to zig zag and suddenly “brake.” As soon as I leave the breakwater I test motor speeds (the sea is flat and there is not a breath of wind): 5.1 knots at 2,000 rpm, 5.9 at 2,400 rpm (what I think might be cruising speed) and 6.9 at full throttle. Launched at full speed I try a sharp turn: the boat maintains good stability, almost does not tilt and draws a very narrow diameter circle in the sea (which I estimate to be around 10 meters).

photo-exterieur-hanse-315-285018FINALLY SAILING
I head west, where I encounter a slight 3-4 knot north wind. There are two of us aboard: more than enough to easily pull up the 29.5 sq. m. mainsail (with lazy bag and lazy jack) and unfurl the self-tacking jib (17.5 sq. m.). I tack upwind wide (45°) reaching 1.8 knots, tightening, up to 30° I touch 1.6. But these are data that should be taken with a grain of salt because this is a receding wind characterized by very pronounced holes and good and poor. The air drops again, time a few minutes and the sirocco mounts, tending to midday. Here again I go upwind: with 3-4 knots of air, smoother in direction, I get up to 2.5 knots at 38°. With 4.5 knots, at 35° I do 2.8. I didn’t think the autovirant could be so “performing”: the mura is well closed and allows me to tighten the wind well, it could almost be (provocation) a winning solution in ORC. I try a tack: while once you change tack the boat continues to lean and needs some sort of – pass me the term – countersteer, it must be said that it possesses very good inertia and the loss of speed is very minimal. On the traverse I touch 2.6 knots with 4 knots of air. Not bad at all! I return with curiosity to see how the boat performs in so much wind! Eugene Ruocco


Length ft 9.62 m
Hull length 9.10 m
Maximum beam 3.35 m
Draft 1.85 (standard) / 1.37 (optional)
Displacement 4.7 t
Ballast 1.5 t
Water tanks 230 l
Fuel tank 160 l



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