The Hanse 455, a light displacement fractional cruising sloop, was designed by Judel/Vrolijk & Co and built in Germany by Hanse Yachts.
Underwater Profile: Bulb fin keel & spade rudder
Hull Material: GRP (Fibreglass)
Length Overall: 44'5" (13.6m)
Waterline Length: 40'0" (12.2m)
Beam: 14'4" (4.4m)
Draft: 7'4" (2.3m)*
Rig Type: Fractional sloop
Displacement: 25,574lb (11,600kg)
Ballast: 7,716lb (3,500kg)
Designer: Judel/Vrolijk & Co
Builder: Hanse Yachts (Germany)
Year First Built: 2014
Year last Built: 2017
* Other keel options available
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1. Sail Area/Displacement Ratio: 20.5
2. Ballast/Displacement Ratio: 30.2
3. Displacement/Length Ratio: 178
4. Comfort Ratio: 27.5
5. Capsize Screening Formula: 1.9
1. A Sail Area/Displacement Ratio of 20.1 suggests that, in the right hands, the Hanse 4550 will have enough performance to leave most other sailboats of similar waterline length well astern.
2. A Ballast/Displacement Ratio of 30.2 would usually mean that the Hanse 455 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 keel, she's likely to be considerably stiffer than her published Ballast/Displacement Ratio might suggest.
3. A Displacement/Length Ratio of 178 tells us the Hanse 455 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 27.5 suggests that crew comfort of a Hanse 455 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 of 2.1 tells us that a Hanse 455 would be a better choice of sailboat for ocean passage-making when compared to a sailboat with a CSF of less than 2.0.
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