The Hanse 508, a fractional sloop, was designed by Judel/Vrolijk & Co and built in Germany by Hanse Yachts.
Underwater Profile: L-shaped bulb fin keel & spade rudder
Hull Material: GRP (Fibreglass)
Length Overall: 51'0" (15.6m)
Waterline Length: 44'5" (13.5m)
Beam: 15'7" (4.8m)
Draft: 7'10" (2.4m)*
Rig Type: Solent Rig
Displacement: 32,408lb (14,700kg)
Ballast: 8,929lb (4,050kg)
Designer: Judel/Vrolijk & Co
Builder: Hanse Yachts (Germany)
Year First Built: 2018
* Shallow draft version available drawing 6'6" (2.0m)
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1. Sail Area/Displacement Ratio: 20.1
2. Ballast/Displacement Ratio: 27.6
3. Displacement/Length Ratio: 165
4. Comfort Ratio: 27.9
5. Capsize Screening Formula: 1.9
1. A Sail Area/Displacement Ratio of 20.1 suggests that, in the right hands, the Hanse 508 will have enough performance to leave most other sailboats of similar waterline length well astern.
2. A Ballast/Displacement Ratio of 27.6 would usually mean that the Hanse 508 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 165 tells us the Hanse 508 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 27.9 suggests that crew comfort of a Hanse 508 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 508 would be a safer choice of sailboat for an ocean passage than one with a CSF of more than 2.0.
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