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I explored a Hanse at the last Toronto boat show (it was between 40 and 45 feet) and while I thought it had some good idea, I didn't like the build quality for offshore. I don't like the Dufour 40 for similar reasons. I *did* like the Tartan 4100, but that's a pricey boat.
It strikes me that few people know how to build a sufficiently strong and safe boat these days with the proper materials that is really anything beyond a coastal cruiser. If I wanted that, I'd buy a Catalina or a Bendytoy, because they don't pretend to be "Lloyd's Offshore Class A" or whatever that certification is. A lot of those Bavarias and Hanses do have those classifications, but then you go below and see the absence of handholds and four metre wide saloons and no positive locking in the hatches and so on and so on.
Such boats might survive a bad blow, but they are the same ones abandoned by crews because they injure people and give the impression they aren't going to stay in one piece.
Having said that, Hanse isn't a bad choice for coastal/up to 30 knots, I suppose. My personal tastes are severely out of whack with the majority of recreational boaters.