What Makes VAr Better?


Easy to Sail Fast — We build for cruisers who like to sail fast, or racers who want some comfort.

Besides a great design firm, our yachts feature:

  1. A moderate hull shape with a fine entry, broad transom, long waterlines and reasonable interior volume for excellent overall performance.
  2. Finer entry than most other yachts for better upwind capabilities and all around performance. Many production boats have entry angle’s of 25-30%. Our entry angle’s are around 21-22%.
  3. Standard moderate draft steel T keels. Our Displ/Ballast ratio’s are in the 33-35% range, not 25-30% like most competitors. Kelp deflectors available.
  4. VAr Yachts have higher Sail Area / Displacement ratio’s (about 20), allowing the boats to sail well with a small jib even in light stuff. We race our Hanse 400 in the St Thomas Rolex, and routinely beat a Jeanneau 54 w racing sails over the line.
  5. Finger tip steering with Jefa self aligning roller type rudder bearings, as used on most high end boats like X yachts or J Boats. Most production boats have plain rudder bearings (ie a hollow plastic tube) instead of roller bearings, which make steering a job in any kind of a breeze.
  6. Tapered Selden masts with 2 spreader rigs on all US Boats (VAr Yachts standard elsewhere with Z Spar masts). Selden is the finest production spar maker, used on most higher end boats like Hallberg Rassy or Contest (whom we used to be the importer for).
  7.  The VAr 37 hull, keel and rudder are identical to the Hanse 370/375. The VAr 44 hull, keel and rudder are identical to the Hanse 430. Both the 430 and 370/375 have recorded many wins. A Hanse 375 we delivered that races out of Westport CT took 2nd in the Stratford Shoal 2013 (Gearbuster) race, beating over the line a Tripp 37 in winds over 25 knots. She can win in any winds over 8 knots. The PHRF of the Hanse 375 is about 120. The Hanse 430 (sistership to the VAr 44) has a PHRF of around 80. VAr Yachts  have the following differences relative to the older Hanse models (which were more performance orientated than the new models):
    • About 5% lighter (for example, the 37 is about 600 lbs lighter than the Hanse 370 and the 44 is 2,200 lbs lighter than the Hanse 430), due to a simpler deck structure and interior.
    • Set up for 109% jibs, with cabintop jib tracks more inboard than on the Hanse sistership.
    • Rigs have outboard chainplates, for a lighter mast section.
    • Rudders are moved about 50cm forward to allow a larger wheel and easier access to the emergency tiller.
    • US boats standard with Dutchmar mainsheet for mainsail control from the helm, with no traveller in the cockpit if so desired.

Easy Performance Cruising — We have a range of options to allow easy shorthanded sailing, available through Sound Sailing Center. The standard VAR includes a simple, easy to tack, hank on 109% jib and a basic mainsail. We upgrade all US Boats to Selden masts, which are significantly higher quality than other production masts, and allow the use of what we think is the best low cost mainsail slide system, the Selden MDS System (and we make tracks and slides ourselves). We are experts at making any boat easier to handle and can offer you a range of options.

  1. Mainsail available with Selden MDS slides and Dutchmar Sail Flaking System for  easier raising and lowering of the main with no performance lost. Main can be raised by hand, and drops easily down to the boom from the cockpit as it flakes itself. Reefing is easier also.
  2. Dutchmar SailCase M boom optional for even easier mainsail handling with the ability to cover the main from the cockpit by pulling the vang. Also makes reefing even easier than with just our Sail Flaking System.
  3. Optional SSC mainsheet system moves the mainsheet out of the cockpit, and is adjustable on either side by the wheel. Unique block configuration allows better twist control as with a traveller.
  4. Optional electric winch aft by the helm on one or both sides.
  5. Optional Harken or Selden (furlex) jib furling system for racing / cruising, or if focused on cruising, we suggest a Schaefer roller furling.
  6. Instead of a furling system, we also offer our Dutchmar SailCase J system, which allows a hank on, partially battened 109% headsail to be self tacking. This also makes the sail self vanging when off the wind, reefable to a storm jib (with excellent shape – unlike as with roller furling systems which damage the sail when it is roller reefed), with an easy store SailCase cover. No roller furler means less weight aloft for better performance, and with battens, the jib does not luff as it normally would, for a longer sail life.
  7. Optional Spin X for the fastest, easiest asymmetrical storage and deployment with incredible off the wind performance when used with the SailCase J.

A Comfortable Yacht in Port or Underway — A fast yacht can also be a more comfortable yacht.

VAr offers:

  1. Lots of stowage and locker space in the galley and sleeping cabins, with additional large storage bins outboard, behind and under the settee’s.
  2. Two large opening ports in the main salon,  2 large and 2 small cabintop hatches for good ventilation, more than many ‘cruising’ boats   Optional ports for more ventilation in the aft cabins (highly recommended.
  3. All ports and hatches have anodized frames, instead of the painted frames so common nowadays which do not last as long.
  4. The VAr 37 and 44 both have convenient walk thru transoms for easy dingy or stern to dock boarding, which can be left open or closed off if desired with one of several options.
  5. Clean, wide decks that are easy to walk around on and go forward on when heeled.
  6. Gravity drain molded plastic holding tanks with very short hose runs for no tank odor!!
  7. Sufficient displacement for cruising gear and a comfortable motion offshore.
  8. Optional Icebox with real Walnut chopping block cover connects with the 12 volt onboard fridge and doubles the fridge space, can be moved to the cockpit if needed, allows easy transport of food from your house to the boat, and adds countertop space.
  9. US Boats standard with real teak steps, real teak wood laminated on the mainsalon table top, then varnished, and a solid teak fiddle in the galley. We also make numerous other small mods, like adding rollers to make moving the engine cover easier.

Simple Elegance — VAr offers a rare combination of affordability, beautiful looks and strong construction.

  1. High quality marine plywood cabinetry with laminate (ie formica) walnut look finish. SSC can laminate real wood veneers over the laminate for a more traditional look with a selection of woods available. The veneer is then varnished. We can also add additional cabintry as required.
  2. Teak on cockpit seats and floors available all models.

A Better Value — Hanse has worked hard to build a quality yacht at a competitive price with the VAr.

  1. Classic lines and styling won’t look dated in 10 or 20 years and loose value.
  2. Production in former East Germany gives significant government incentives.
  3. Hanse’s own hull molding facility across the border in Poland for low labor costs.
  4. High volume (over 1,000 yachts in 2012) provides buyer power, while an automated line makes the yard crew highly efficient..
  5. Superb resale value. Hanse owner satisfaction means owners keep the boats longer, and quality construction helps them to lasts longer. Look how few are on the brokerage market, compared with other yachts.

Strength and Safety with Offshore Capability — A good yacht will take care of you, coastal or offshore. You can go as VAr as you want!

  1. Massively strong construction that has proven to withstand hard groundings at over 7 knots.
  2. Massive keel bolts, often 2x the size of our competitors. So what you say?  We know of a recent production boat with a steel keel that hit a reef, and sheared off the keel bolts. The boat amazingly enough did not flip over, but the owner did not enjoy the quick trip back to a marina. Mistakes will happen, and your boat should be overbuilt to the degree that it can take this kind of accident.
  3. Bulkheads and many interior components glassed to the hull on your new VAR(along with all other products by the Hanse Group). Many bulkheads are glassed on both sides including all the forward bulkheads and the aft bulkheads. Pics are on our website and facebook page under factory tour. We know of no other volume production builder who still does this, until you get to high end boats like X Yachts or J Boats, which are two-three times as expensive. Other builders drop in a molded grid / furniture pan and call it a day. Bulkheads are cosmetic, or bonded to the grid with adhesive, but no adhesive has even 10% of the tensile strength of glassed in tabing.
  4. Inspectability – one of our biggest complaints about boats with full pans/ grids is that crucial bonds between and hull and the grid can not be inspected. Many newer high volume production boats can run aground, look fine, and yet, if the grid has ‘popped’ from the hull, the structural integrity is gone, and repairing it, if possible, is a huge undertaking with the boat out of commission for a long time.
  5. Watertight collision bulkhead forward of the forward stateroom.
  6. Tapered masts for better stability and less healing.
  7. Reef entirely from the cockpit in 2-3 minutes.
  8. No furling masts for better stability, much better performance, and no risk of catastrophic jamming (there are documented cases of boats being lost at sea due to mainsail furling jams, including an almost new BaVia in 2013)
  9. We are very experienced in setting up boats for ocean sailing and racing, and it is an easy matter to add an innerforestay to a new VAr, thanks to the forward watertight bulkhead.

Customization — Hanse offers a limited range of options for your new VAr, to keep the price affordable, with Sound Sailing Center available for additional customizing.

  1. Available teak in the cockpit on all models with low maintenance finishes.
  2. Vinylester hull construction (outer laminate) on all models for osmosis protecting (5 year hull warranty)
  3. Mainsheet in cockpit or forward of the companionway – your call.
  4. Dacron or Laminate sail options.
  5. Multiple interior layouts for all models.