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Rob Williams Reviews
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Rob Williams Reviews
Rob Williams Reviews

Overall, the Hanse 385 is very impressive. The first thing that strikes you looking at the boat dockside is how big she is, physically; you would not be surprised if told she was over 40'. The combination of the styling and wide uncluttered deck space is eye-catching and very practical. The innovative thought and quality equipment that has gone into this boat is notable.

On Deck

The anchor is stowed on what is in effect a mini bow-sprit designed to stow and hoist modern anchors. It also includes a gennaker take-off point. Forward of the mast is Hanse 385 Test - Spacious Quality the self-tacking headsail track. Halyards and lines run from the mast base under deck blinds to clutch banks and winches near the twin wheels.

There are many flush fitting hatches as well as acrylic drink holders and the cascading companionway is a feature - no more stowing the boards. The test boat was fitted with a storm cover, at the aft end of the cabin which seemed to keep the cabin a little cooler, and a Bimini - stowed while sailing - that ensured comprehensive sun protection in the cockpit.

The cockpit is spacious with good sized teak covered bench seats on both sides with lockers under, central lifting leaf table, twin helms, with seating behind and beside, under which is a great rope stowage locker.

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This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Forward of the primary winches and their clutch banks are the secondary winches. B&G Instruments are at the aft coaming face and the plotter and compass are at the aft face of the drop-leaf cockpit table. The bathing platform blocks the transom, with a raft or spare fuel locker, when underway.

Below Decks

She really is spacious, light and airy for her size. The forward cabin has a large double berth with good stowage. The saloon has great headroom and abundant stowage - even has a wine-rack in the floor.

Mid-way along the starboard side settee is a lower-able chart table, which is a great dual use option. Aft of this is a generously sized bathroom with quality fittings and good stowage.

To starboard, the dinette and drop-leaf table, with in-built stowage in the top and below, are generously sized. The well thought-out and equipped galley is aft of the dinette and comes standard with sink covers and a retractable top that covers the cooker. The test boat had top and front opening refrigeration.

The double cabins aft are light and spacious with ample stowage. The engine is accessed behind the optimum angled companion way steps.


Under sail or power, she is remarkably agile and responsive to control inputs.

Under Sail

When we initially went out the land, and all on it, disappeared in the smoke from the fires in Indonesia.

Initially there was no wind, then it came in at 5 knots and peaked at 7.

Sailing upwind at 30 degrees apparent, with a selftacking headsail, the boat was doing 4 knots average in 5 knots of true wind and 5 knots average in 6-7 knots true. The speed increased a little as the apparent came back to around 45 degrees apparent. Further downwind, she maintained speed well from 4 to 3 knots.

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Reversing out of the pen you are struck by the lack of prop walk…it's got to be there but is really unnoticeable.

What is really noticeable is the control; she is really responsive to throttle, gear changes and the helm: reversing is so easy.

In ideal conditions her speed under power is great, the test boat has an upgraded 38hp engine with a fixed two bladed prop.

Mast & Rigging

Spars are by Selden. The mast has twin spreaders with a discontinuous rigging system and the boom has single line reefing. A Furlex furler is fitted for the selftacking headsail with the control line running through stanchion blocks.


The boat has a standard full battened, Dacron, Elvstrom mainsail and the test boat had an up-spec'd selftacking Dacron headsail from Seair Sails.


The Hanse 385 is an excellent fast cruising yacht that is very easy to sail shorthanded while providing very comfortable accommodation for 6 people.

She is another example of Hanse's innovative approach and shows why the company is one of the world's largest yacht manufacturers.

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