The Hanse 418 Sailboat
Specs & Key Performance Indicators

The Hanse 418, a fractional sloop, was designed by Judel/Vrolijk & Co and built in Germany by Hanse Yachts. 

Hanse 418The Hanse 418

Published Specification for the Hanse 418

Underwater Profile: L-shaped bulb fin keel & spade rudder

Hull Material: GRP (Fibreglass)

Length Overall: 40'8" (12.4m)

Waterline Length: 37'5" (11.4m)

Beam: 13'8" (4.2m)

Draft: 6'9" (2.1m)*

Rig Type: Fractional sloop

Displacement: 22,377lb (10,150kg)

Ballast: 6,305lb (2,860kg)

Designer: Judel/Vrolijk & Co

Builder: Hanse Yachts (Germany)

Year First Built: 2017

* Shallow draft version available: 5'9" (1.8m)

Hanse 418 sail plan & underwater profileHanse 418 sailplan & underwater profile
Hanse 418 Interior LayoutOne of several interior layouts available for the Hanse 418

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Published Design Ratios for the Hanse 418

1. Sail Area/Displacement Ratio: 18.9

2. Ballast/Displacement Ratio: 28.2

3. Displacement/Length Ratio: 191

4. Comfort Ratio: 27.7

5. Capsize Screening Formula: 1.9

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Summary Analysis of the Design Ratios for the Hanse 418

1. A Sail Area/Displacement Ratio of 18.9 suggests that the Hanse 418 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 28.2 would usually mean that the Hanse 418 would have a tendency to heel uncomfortably 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 her L-shaped keel, she's likely to be considerably stiffer than her published Ballast/Displacement Ratio might suggest.

3. A Displacement/Length Ratio of 191 tells us the Hanse 418 is a light displacement sailboat. If she's loaded with too much heavy cruising gear her performance will suffer to a degree.

4. Ted Brewer's Comfort Ratio of 27.7 suggests that crew comfort of a Hanse 418 in a seaway is similar to what you would associate with the motion of a coastal cruiser with moderate stability, which is not the best of news for anyone prone to seasickness. 

5. The Capsize Screening Formula (CSF) of 1.9 indicates that a Hanse 418 would be a safer choice of sailboat for an ocean passage than one with a CSF of more than 2.0. 

Any Questions?

What other versions of the Hanse 418 were built?

The Hanse 418 is an updated version of the Hanse 415, which was launched in 2012 and discontinued in 2017. The 418 has an upgraded interior and a completely new deck arrangement, but it has the same hull as the 415.

What sail plan and rigging options are available for the Hanse 418?

The Hanse 418 has a fractional sloop rig with a self-tacking jib and a large mainsail. The mast is deck-stepped and supported by double swept-back spreaders and discontinuous rod rigging. The boom is equipped with a single-line reefing system and a lazy bag. The sail area is 87 m2 (936 sq ft) for the standard sails and 103 m2 (1109 sq ft) for the performance sails.

What keel options are available for the Hanse 418?

The Hanse 418 has two keel options: a L-shaped medium draft keel of 2.10 m (6.9 ft) or a shallow draft keel of 1.62 m (5.3 ft). Both keels are made of cast iron and have a low center of gravity for stability and performance.

What is the Hanse 418 like to sail?

The Hanse 418 is designed to be fast, agile, flexible under different conditions, durable, and easy to sail. It has a balanced helm, a responsive rudder, and a powerful sail plan that can be controlled with the Hanse Easy Sail System.

What is the Hanse Easy Sail System?

The Hanse Easy Sail System is a feature that makes sailing a Hanse yacht easy and fast, even with a small crew or single-handed. It consists of a self-tacking jib, a fully battened main sail, a main drop system, and a cockpit layout that allows you to operate all the sheets and halyards from the helm stations with electric winches and clutches.

What is the average cost of a secondhand Hanse 418?

The average cost of a secondhand Hanse 418 depends on the year, condition, equipment, and location of the boat. Based on the listings on YachtWorld, the price range for a used Hanse 418 is from £186,510 to £272,858 (approximately $250,000 to $365,000).

Is this boatbuilder still in business?

Yes, this boatbuilder is still in business. Hanse Yachts is one of the largest and most successful yacht manufacturers in Germany. It was founded in 1990 by Michael Schmidt and is based in Greifswald on the Baltic Sea. It produces nine models of sailing yachts from 31 to 67 feet, as well as motor yachts under the brands Fjord and Sealine.

What other sailboats have been created by this designer?

This designer is Judel/Vrolijk & Co, a renowned naval architecture firm based in Bremerhaven, Germany. It was founded in 1978 by Rolf Vrolijk and Torsten Conradi and has designed many successful racing yachts, such as America's Cup winners Alinghi and Oracle Team USA. It has also created many cruising yachts for brands like Dehler, Baltic Yachts, Nautor's Swan, Grand Soleil, Wally Yachts, and of course Hanse Yachts.

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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