This German high volume boat builder is moving further into territory that was once the preserve of high-end semi-custom manufacturers. With the 588, which was announced in July 2016, Hanse has produced a boat with impressive accommodation volume allied to a big rig that sports the latest thinking in efficient, yet easily handled, sails. This includes a self-tacking jib, a gennaker for downwind sailing and an optional furling reaching sail on a second forestay to improve reaching and upwind performance in lighter airs.
Most of the sail handling systems can be operated from positions next to the twin helm stations at the aft end of the cockpit. One option that’s sure to be popular on this size of boat is the electric winches and furling systems. At the transom there’s access to the fold-down bathing platform via three easy steps, as well as dinghy stowage with an easy-launch system.
The forward section of the cockpit is given over to guest use, where there’s a table each side, as well as an optional wet bar. In front of the mast is a lowered section of coachroof that’s designed as a sun bathing area. An optional hardtop provides excellent shade, as well as keeping the mainsheet tackle safely clear of the cockpit area.
In all there are 72 different accommodation layout variations on offer. These encompass crew cabins, up to five guest cabins, different galley options and even a utility room. The 2.15m (7ft 2in) headroom gives an impressive feeling of space, while 20 opening deck hatches provide maximum ventilation in harbour and help improve natural light throughout the accommodation. An example of the level of the attention to detail that has gone into this boat is found in the owner’s cabin, which is sound proofed from the remainder of the interior and all the vessel’s machinery. In addition, a wide number of factory-fitted options will enable owners to tailor everything from navigation and entertainment systems to sail specification and keel type to their needs.
Hull length 16.70m
Draught: 2.25, 2.60 or 2.85m
Main sail 93 sq m
Jib 64 sq m
Genoa 110 sq m
Gennaker 150sq m
Water tankage 810 litres
Fuel tankage 520 litres