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  1. TwoLegged

    Hanse 540e

    Think laterally, Ish. All that BJ has to do is to sail his boat 12,000 miles round the horn non-stop to England, drop his asking price 40%, persuade the OP that he really does want a centre-cockpit furniture boat, and figure out how to stay alive as the UK implodes as hits the no-trade-deal-with-its-neighbours buffers. Sorted
  2. TwoLegged

    Galley equipment

    Electric heater, a couple cell phone charging bricks, a laptop power supply, coffee maker, etc. It doesn't take long to fill them up these days. I'm not saying whether it's right or wrong but that's the use case. I use my caravan only off-grid, and power it by an hour or so of low-output genset in the evenings. When the genset running, my base load is: two phone chargers two or three battery chargers two laptop chargers (I keep a dead laptop on hand as a charging dock for my spare battery) I need less charging in the summer, but that's the load on the shorter days. I have no TV, hair dryer, electric cooking gadgets etc. So sockets are welcome, even tho they are unused for 22 hours a day.
  3. TwoLegged

    Hanse 540e

    BJ is asking €294 at today's exchange rates, which is the very top end for a Hanse 540e. Plus it's American-registered, which these days probably means massive hassle for anyone outside the USA. And of course it's at the wrong end of the OP's planned voyage.
  4. Thanks, @Qualex. That's interesting logic. I am not sure hat i agree with you about water ballast. Well-designed tanks are cleanable and can avoid air pockets and can be pumped out if needed, tho I take your point about the limits of that ballast. But i really like the design of your lifting keel. A flat "bulb" does lose some hydrodynamic efficiency, but that is far outweighed by the benefits when drying out. Very clever design.
  5. TwoLegged

    Hanse 540e

    A search for Hanse 540e on Yachtworld threw up boats in the €180k–€300k price range. All from that 2006–10 era when Hanse was growing rapidly and sub-contracting widely, so that'd be a no-go for me for ocean crossings. So I looked at what else that sort money could buy, from better builders. There are some nice alternatives from the 2000–2010 era: X-yachts: two X-50s at ~€250k, an X-46 at ~€185K, and three X-43s at ~€175K Hallberg-Rassy: two HR-43s at ~€185K Najad: Two 490s at ~€230K, two 460s at ~€280K Malo: a 45 at ~€250K, and a pair of 42s at ~€180K–€200K Amel: a choice of Super Maramus at ~€200K~€280K There were no Oysters from that era in this price range, but extending the search to include the 1990s threw up a wide choice. If it was my money, I'd probably go for the leftfield option of this Cigale 16. Alloy hull, water ballast, dinghy garage, magnificent saloon. I suspect that in practice it would be much faster across an ocean than a Hanse, and I would have much more confidence in its build
  6. TwoLegged

    Hanse 540e

    There is a discussion of the Dove II loss at, where other owners report that faulty rudder construction was a systemic issue on pre-2010 Hanses. One of the posts there is from another owner who also lost their Hanse in the same area, also due to a rudder failure: The problem seems to be that in the 2006–10 era, Hanse was expanding rapidly and contracted out components to suppliers who then sub-contracted: Other posts in that thread show a pattern of shoddy rudder construction, leading to delamination of the rudder. Apparently Hanse later switched to buying at least some of its rudders direct from Jefa, whose products are highly-regarded. But it's unclear whether Jefa was the sole supplier thereafter. Personally, I wouldn't trust a builder who had a history of allowing such a critical component to be contracted out without proper quality control .. but YMMV. Re-reading the OP's comments, I am reminded of the wise observations of Paulo, who writes the excellent blog at In a recent post, Paolo noted how these mass-production boats are sold on their interiors, so that's where all the money goes (see e.g. The OP is attracted to Hanse by the interior, so the logic seems to work commercially. I get that this is not my boat ... but if it was me planning to sail my family across oceans, I'd be starting my search the other way round. I'd begin by identifying which boats within my budget were solidly built, with a robust grid structure to support the keel, bulklheads solidly tabbed to the hull, oversized deck gear, and reputation for durability even when handled imperfectly (yes, groundings and crash gybes etc do happen). Then out of that list, I'd see start to compare size and interiors ... and I would be wary of the idea that a family of 4 needs a 54-footer or can handle it safely. That's a lot of boat, and unless it's robustly set up for shorthanded ocean work (like an Amel), a family crew could easily be overwhelmed. That would probably point me towards an older, smaller boat from a better builder.
  7. TwoLegged

    Hanse 540e

    The 52ft Hanse Dove II was abandoned on 21 December 2016 after a rudder failure on an Atlantic crossing, by James and Fran Coombes from Newquay:
  8. Thanks for posting that, Qualex. Kasala is a very interesting boat. If you had the energy and inclination to start a new thread with more details and more pictures, that would be wonderful.
  9. TwoLegged

    Galley equipment

    I am bemused by all this talk of kitchen machinery. The older I get, the more I have come around to the view that the best equipment set is small and simple, but of the highest quality you can afford. These days I just have a few very good knives, well-maintained, and a few very good pans. Overall, they let me do a better faster job than the machines. The only electrical gadget I have retained is my cheap electric pepper mill (~€8 in LIDL). When I am tired and have thrown together a quick meal, not having to sweat the pepper mill is a joy, and with rechargeable AA batteries it works fine. I keep meaning to buy a few more of them for other spices, but have a knack of missing their arrival in LIDL.
  10. Ripply, no boat is perfect ... but for a pocket coastal cruiser I think that your boat comes very close. Fully retracting keel, swinging rudder, unstayed rig: the rest is detail.
  11. TwoLegged

    My season just ended, and...

    Sailing? Or... Hahaha. I have no head for heights, so I'd never try the high wire. Sailing my Laser 2000. A real jewel of a boat, a joy on every point of sail, with a sweet helm
  12. TwoLegged

    My season just ended, and...

    One of the joys of my life was buying a new trapeze harness aged 50, and having great fun with it.
  13. TwoLegged

    Tell me about the Mason 43

    Bah. It's just that the heresy has not yet bene fully eradicated
  14. TwoLegged

    Dylan's New Boat Anarchy

    @dylan winter, there is an obvious choice her. A two syllable name, each with hard endings to make it nice and clear in any language. A name which is easily recognised, yet is very unlikely to be used by another boat. Boris. Obviously, you can't use this name if the whale lacks the appropriate characteristics, such as forgetting how many children it has.
  15. TwoLegged

    Nesting dinghy designed to plane under power?

    Zonker, that was my laywoman's understanding of these things. But the LiteBoat range of rowing boats have hulls which are like a skinny version of the delta hull favoured by the Open classes of sailing boats: broad sterns. See Is Liteboat really doing it all wrong? Or is there more than one way of optimising a rowing boat?