The Hanse 415 Sailboat
Specs & Key Performance Indicators

The Hanse 415 is a cruising sailboat that combines fast performance, easy handling, and spacious interior.

Designed by the renowned German naval architects Judel/Vrolijk and built by Hanse Yachts, the Hanse 415 was launched in 2012 and produced until 2017. The boat features a sleek and modern design, with a self-tacking jib, a large mainsail, and a German sheeting system that allows the helmsman to control all the sails from the cockpit. 

'Sea for Miles', a Hanse 415 sailboat at anchor in Five Islands Harbour, Antigua in the West Indies.A Hanse 415, with a club-footed boom and foredeck-mounted sheet track

Published Specification for the Hanse 415

Underwater Profile: Bulb keel and spade rudder;

Hull Material: GRP (Fiberglass);

Length Overall: 40'8" (12.4m);

Waterline Length: 37'5" (11.4m);

Beam: 13'8" (4.2m);

Draft: 6'10" (2.1m);

Rig Type: Fractional Sloop;

Displacement: 19,621lb (8,900kg);

Designer:  Judel/Vrolijk & Co;

Builder: Hanse Yachts (Germany);

Year First Built: 2012;

Owners Association: Hanse Owners Club;

Published Design Ratios for the Hanse 415

1. Sail Area/Displacement Ratio: 19.9

2. Ballast/Displacement Ratio: 32.6

3. Displacement/Length Ratio: 167

4. Comfort Ratio: 24.3

5. Capsize Screening Formula: 2.0

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Summary Analysis of the Design Ratios for the Hanse 415

1. A Sail Area/Displacement Ratio of 19.9 suggests that the Hanse 415 will, in the right conditions, approach her maximum hull speed readily and satisfy the sailing performance expectations of most cruising sailors.

2. A Ballast/Displacement Ratio of 32.6 would usually mean that the Hanse 415 would have a tendency to heel excessively in a gust, and need to be reefed early to keep her sailing upright in a moderate breeze.

However, as she has much of her ballast concentrated in a bulb at the foot of the keel, she's likely to be considerably stiffer than her published Ballast/Displacement Ratio might suggest.

3. A Displacement/Length Ratio of 167, tells us the Hanse 415 is clearly a light displacement sailboat. If she's loaded with too much heavy cruising gear her performance will suffer dramatically.

4. Ted Brewer's Comfort Ratio of 24.3 suggests that crew comfort of a Hanse 415 in a seaway is similar to what you would associate with the motion of a coastal cruiser with moderate stability, which is not encouraging news for anyone prone to seasickness. 

5. The Capsize Screening Formula (CSF) of 2.0 indicates that a Hanse 415 would not be the wisest choice of sailboat for ocean passage-making owing to the lower resistance to capsize in strong winds and heavy seas that is associated with similar sailboats with a CSF of 2.0 and above.

Any Questions?

What is the history of the builders of the Hanse 415 and is the company still in business?

Hanse Yachts is a German company that was founded in 1990 by Michael Schmidt, a former Admiral's Cup winner. The company started with a single model, the Hanse 291, and gradually expanded its range of sailboats.

In 2007, Hanse Yachts acquired Moody Yachts, a British brand with a long tradition of building bluewater cruisers.

In 2011, Hanse Yachts also acquired Dehler Yachts, another German brand with a reputation for high-performance sailing yachts.

Today, Hanse Yachts is one of the largest sailboat manufacturers in Europe, with six brands under its umbrella: Hanse, Dehler, Moody, Fjord, Sealine, and Privilège.

Is the Hanse 415 still in production and, if not, when did production end and how many of these sailboats were built?

The Hanse 415 is no longer in production. The last model year was 2017. According to Hanse Yachts, more than 500 units of the Hanse 415 were built.

What sailplan and rig options are available for the Hanse 415?

The Hanse 415 comes with a standard fractional sloop rig, with a self-tacking jib and a large mainsail with two reefing points. The mast is made of aluminium and has two sets of swept-back spreaders. The boom has a single-line reefing system and an integrated boom vang. The standard sail area is 87 sqm (936 sq ft), but there are optional upgrades available, such as a performance rig with a taller mast and larger sails, a furling mast for the mainsail, or a gennaker or code zero for downwind sailing.

What is the difference between the standard (or owners) version and the charter version of the Hanse 415?

The standard (or owners) version of the Hanse 415 has two or three cabins and one or two heads, depending on the layout chosen by the owner. The charter version has four cabins and two heads, with one cabin being smaller and located in the bow. The charter version also has less storage space and fewer options for customization than the standard version.

What keel options are available for the Hanse 415?

The Hanse 415 has two keel options: a standard L-shaped keel with a draft of 1.72 m (5.8 ft) and a ballast of 2.9 t (6,393 lbs), or a shoal draft T-shaped keel with a draft of 1.37 m (4.5 ft) and a ballast of 3 t (6,614 lbs). Both keels are made of cast iron and have low centres of gravity to improve stability and performance.

What is the Hanse 415 like to sail?

The Hanse 415 is a fast and agile sailboat that can handle various wind and sea conditions. The boat has a balanced and responsive helm, thanks to its well-designed hull shape, twin rudders, and Jefa steering system. The boat is also easy to sail single-handed or with a small crew, thanks to its self-tacking jib, German sheeting system, powered winches (optional), and autopilot (optional). The boat can reach speeds of over 8 knots upwind and over 10 knots downwind in moderate winds.

What is the average cost of a secondhand Hanse 415?

The average cost of a secondhand Hanse 415 depends on several factors, such as the year of manufacture, the condition of the boat, the equipment and options installed, and the location of the boat. According to some online listings, the price range for a used Hanse 415 can vary from around €120,000 to €200,000

The above answers were drafted by using GPT-4 (OpenAI’s large-scale language-generation model) as a research assistant to develop source material; to the best of our knowledge, we believe them to be accurate.

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