What if you took one of the world’s most successful 37′ racer cruisers and put it on a diet to make it simpler, faster and less expensive? A lot less expensive. Is this possible? If you ask yourself that question, you are not alone.
From the Introduction of the VAr 37 review in Die Yacht Magazine
“Can the VAr 37 compare meaningfully with the usual large series production offerings? What is missing on the boat, where were costs cut, how is the reasonable price possible?”
With over 700 sold since 2006, the Hanse 370/375 was hugely successful. Owners have crossed oceans, won all manner of races, and cruised far and wide. So when Hanse replaced her with the more spacious and comfortable Hanse 385, which is more cruising orientated, they decided to try something new with the 370 model, so as to continue to offer a low priced but fast racer / cruiser. Over 600 lbs. was shaved off by using a simpler deck and interior. Outboard shrouds allow a lighter mast section. A single wheel is standard for better feel and again, less weight and less cost, but still with state of the art Jefa roller bearings on the rudder (as used on virtually all high end boats, and virtually no other moderately priced production boats). Every aspect was carefully evaluated to create a fun, fast yacht that could win some silver, then take the gang for a 2-week cruise in comfort. Gear selection also focused on low maintenance. The cabinhouse ports are durable anodized aluminum, instead of a painted finish. Waterline stripes are gelcoat, instead of the tape other builders use. Lots of thoughtful details make for a yacht that will be easy to buy and inexpensive to maintain.
From the conclusion of the VAr 37 in the Die Yacht review
“Overall, the VAr 37 is inexpensive but still the real deal. Money was apparently saved in the right areas, and one may speculate that the yard will not make a lot of money with this model. The customer can get started with the standard version, the few missing things can be retrofitted easily. It’s yacht a real sailor can be proud of. She has excellent properties, drives fast, high, stiff and is fun to sail.”
The simple, strong construction means you can take her offshore or make a mistake, and she’ll take care of you. Unlike virtually every other boat in this class, the VAr 37 is a traditionally built yacht, with bulkheads glassed to the hull. Primary bulkheads are glassed in on both sides. Glassed in bulkheads makes for a stiffer, stronger, and an easier to repair yacht. There are no glues that can equal the strength of fiberglass tabbing (otherwise hulls would be molded of glue!) All higher end builders like X Yachts, Sabre, Morris, Swan or Hallberg Rassy still use glassed in bulkheads for this reason. From the Die Yacht review of the VAr 37:
“And the quality? The quality is very good and is typical of semi-industrial production yacht builders. The imperfections are minimal. Although there are signs that the installations are done quickly, generally the work is perfect, as on other boats from the same manufacturer or other yards nowadays. Even areas that are not in full view are properly finished, such as the lazarettes, which are painted on the inside with topcoat. Furthermore, the installations for electrical and water systems are easily accessible and visible and installed to standard.”
“Also the boat construction is not cheap. The hull is solid glass above the waterline unlike on the Hanse 370, but one can live with that. In the outer laminate vinyl ester resin is used, the deck is still a sandwich and consequently not only lightweight, but also thermally and acoustically well insulated. A floor assembly made from GRP together with the bulkheads laminated to the hull make for a sound ship.”
We cannot stress enough the importance of glassing or laminating bulkheads directly to the hull. It has become more and more common to omit this feature, by using a full fiberglass pan that is dropped into the hull molding to form the interior. Open any floorboard or locker, and you will see a smooth, glossy surface. This may look pretty, but the bond between the inner molding and the hull is what gives a yacht it’s strength and stiffness. Hard knocks or grounds can and do break the glue joint between the inner molding and hull, and on many boats now built, this damage is IMPOSSIBLE to detect even by a trained surveyor. Simple, traditional glassed in bulkheads are the only way to go in our book.
The buying power of the Hanse Group, now the worlds 2nd largest yachtbuilder, makes her affordable. Satisfaction is assured by Sound Sailing Center with 30 years of experience in selling and customizing European Yachts for the US market. We were the importer of the Dutch built Contest Yachts from 1962 to 1993 and have worked with the Hanse Group since 2005. You can enjoy the performance and comfort of a proven racer cruiser with a 5-year hull warranty for about the price of a used yacht. Sounds like a winning formula to us! Several sailing schools and shared use membership programs will be offering V37’s with more sizes to come, so you can try one on yourself.