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Hanse 470 & 531 for Blue Water
I originally added this to a current posting but it was suggested I start a new thread. Thanks for all the comments and views I received, it has been really invaluable. We had started our plans based on a Beneteau 50 for our travels Med - Panama - Australia, but this site has made us re-examine our choice. We have started to look at the Hanse yachts, specifically the 470 and 531. Both seem much stronger and more suited to blue water. I particularly like the 470, would seem more manageable but still suited to our end use in the Whitsundays. Rather than adding more water capacity to either yacht how do other members rate watermakers, I am thinking of the Spectra 12V unit? I have turned against in-mast furling but looking for ball-bearing cars and lazy jacks they seem reliable and quick to manage. I saw a comment somewhere about "aluminium rudder" with regards the Hanse yachts, does anyone know anything I should be wary of? Does anyone have any comments about the use of the Parasail for long haul use? Also on the 470 there is a large glassed roof section, would you recommend fitting storm covers over this?
I have also looked at a 4yr old 531 used for charter which may be available at a good price. Any particular components that would require special examination? Thanks to all.