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If nothing else we have to give you A for effort. You are finding all sorts of possibilities, huh?
To answer your question, I only know what''s on their website, and some general dock talk. Hanse had a boat or two at the Annapolis show last year but I missed them. A friend saw them and wasn''t overly impressed. Will look for them myself this year. Dock talk is that they fall between Dehler and Bavaria in the German quality scheme........but exactly where is open to question. Their website makes the models look interesting if nothing else, although the English version is a bit short in translation. Interestingly, the interior layouts seem more "American" than European in that the galleys are aft rather than along the port or starboard side of the salon. Also appears that they don''t really have separate shower stalls, although they could -- just hard to tell from the drawings in the website. Also not as beamy as most other newer designs (assuming I have my metric conversions right), which puts them more in the Dehler arena, which are really nice boats BTW.
FYI.....the smaller boats have iron keels per the website. The 37 and up have lead keels, although the 37DS model has something about "cast iron keel with low lead center of gravity." Not sure what that is all about. They also mention that all rudder posts are cast iron rather than stainless steel. (I''d prefer a carbon fiber composite over metal myself, not that anyone asked or cares.)
Only other comment is that Hanse now has only 2 dealers in the US, both in Calif. If that''s where you happen to live, then you''re cool. If you''re in Chesapeake Bay country, for example, that may present a problem.
As always, good luck. Now, I''ll await my main man Denr''s response, although from the tone of some of his recent posts he may be back on his meds. (Just kidding, Denr!!!)