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Hanse 311
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Registered: December 2001
Posts: 9
Review Date: Tue June 14, 2005 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 


I bought my brand new Hanse 311, hull #101, in April of 2002.

The boat is setup to single hand by default. It has a self-tacking jib on a traveler which makes taking so easy anyone can do it. The boat is well made and can take a beating as well. On several occasions now I have taken this boat into the Pacific Ocean in 10-14 foot seas. In Oct of 2004 I sailed out the Gate off of San Francisco in 13 foot seas and 20+ knot winds and it performed very well. This was singled handed too! I took solid water over the whole boat at one point and she kept right on chugging. I have also had it out in 20-40+ knot winds on San Francisco Bay and it takes it no problem. It will round up in winds this hard so you need to be alert (this is with a double reef in the main and a reefed jib). Down below is all beautiful varnished mahogany. The head is big for a 31 foot boat and there is a walk in storage locker through the head in the port stern of the boat. For a 31 footer it has more storage than most 34 footers. The boat is pretty fast. I can hit 6.4 knots to weather and out in the ocean I have hit 9 knots off the wind. Also, all the electrical work on the boat is extremely well done.

Since it has a very tall mast you have to reef the main 90% of the time. Weather helm kicks in about 16 knots with the full main, and 25 knots with 1 reef. The cockpit is pretty small and for comfort and safety 4 people total on the boat is the max. 3 works best. The mast only has 1 small cleat on it and needs another. The septic tank is too small (10 gallons) and the head has no Y valve.

I have had a few minor issues go wrong and one major thing. The boom-vang popped a few screws (twice) and had to be fixed with rivets , the pulpit has to be re-tightened, and I had to have hooks for all the doors down below installed since the factory forgot them.
All the sic-o-flex on the boat cracked and I had to have it all redone. This includes inside the boat.
The roller furling drum broke and I had to upgrade to a sturdier model.
The big issue was the mast plate cracked. This is the plate on the deck that the mast sits in. It had stress fractures on it. I had to have the entire mast taken off and a new plate put on. Hanse covered the bill but it was a pain in the neck.

Service from Hanse is outstanding!!. It can be slow at times since they are in Germany but they respond to any/all issues I have brought up. They did send a worker all the way to my boat to fix some warranty things which was incredibly impressive of them...and I live in San Francisco CA. This is because I no longer have a local dealer.

If you have any questions about the Hanse 311 feel free to ask.

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