Hanse 460 sailing yacht of the year in the “Family Cruiser” category

The brand new Hanse 460 sailboat won the “European Yacht of the Year 2022” award in the highly competitive “Family Cruiser” category. Despite the second year of the pandemic, the jury made up of 12 European nautical journalists, who curate as many specialized magazines in the sector, managed to test all the boats in the water  and despite the strong competitors in the end Hanse 460 won the deserved victory.

“European Yacht of the Year 2022” in the “Family Cruiser” category is one of the most important prizes awarded and rewards the best sailboat of the year built for family cruises that stood out for innovation, performance, comfort, construction, aesthetics and value for money.

After last year’s victory of the Bavaria C42 sailboat of the Bavaria Yachts shipyard designed by the Italian Maurizio Cossutti, this year it was again the turn of another large shipyard of Germany HanseYachts AG based in the city of Greifswald (Baltic Sea) to win this important recognition.

The new Hanse 460 is the result of the close collaboration between the HanseYachts AG shipyard and the French naval studio Berret – Racoupeau who designed the boat for the German shipyard.

It is the first time that the Hanse shipyard and the French studio have created a boat together and this award certainly opens up a future for subsequent collaborations and seems to indicate a new way for the shipyard.

Not everyone was initially enthusiastic about entrusting the French studio with the design of this new boat. This choice arose because it was decided to hold an international tender for the design of Hanse boats. The drawings by the Berret – Racoupeau studio are the ones that most convinced the yard’s management.

Il Berret – Racoupeau Yacht Design is a world-famous naval architecture and design studio born in 1983 thanks to Jean Berret and Olivier Racoupeau, the team of this prestigious studio is constantly evolving with the inclusion of new young architects and naval engineers with new ideas that are always welcomed with great pleasure and attention. 

Since BRYD was established, it has signed the design of numerous and beautiful super modern boats at the time of launch, choosing “balance” as the key words of its projects balance in stability, balance in lines, balance in costs.

Therefore, Hanse’s decision to entrust the French studio with the design of this new boat seems to have given excellent results. 



The boat has a design with modern and elegant lines with a fresh, clean appearance where a perfect balance of surfaces and volumes has been achieved between deck and interior.

This new yacht perfectly manages to express the great design work of the French studio without losing the qualities appreciated by many owners around the world for the Hanse shipyard such as large volumes, comfort, livable cockpit and lots of space for the interiors and above all with numerous optional to adapt them to your tastes.

The boat overall is 14.60 m (47.9 ft) long; Hull length is 13.87 (45.5 ft); Waterline length is 13.05m (42.8ft); Maximum width is 4.79m (14.7ft); Maximum draft is 2.25m (7.3ft) and minimum draft is 1.75m (5.7ft); Displacement 12,600 kg, Mainsail 64 m2, Self-tacking jib 42, 0 m2, Gennaker 170 m2; Shaft height 21.9 m ;, Yanmar engine 57 hp.

The new Hanse 460 is not only aesthetically modern and elegant but also very versatile and functional, it is a true family cruiser designed to be easily driven even as a couple on board there is everything you could wish for on vacation.

The hull has been designed with a decidedly reverse bow and aesthetic recesses on the hull near the side portholes that make it even more slender.

 The deck layout all covered in teak leaves plenty of space to relax and have fun with the family both at sea and when standing still with spacious sunbathing areas that are located both fore and aft of the boat

The maximum width of the hull remains on the transom. This makes the cockpit huge and gives a lot of volume inside. The large and comfortable cockpit in which the wheelhouse area is well separated from the relaxation area is characterized by the presence on both sides of two tables surrounded by comfortable modern ergonomic “L” -shaped benches, protected from the wind, which cover spacious stowage lockers , with a large and free central passage.

The two wheels with the wheelhouse seats are installed further aft together with the navigation control instruments with a perfect view of sails, navigation instruments and the sea.

All the maneuvering devices are hidden and converge near the two twin wheels where there are the automatic winches on sight to make all the adjustment maneuvers on the entire sail plan.

The management of the boat is facilitated by the presence of the self-tacking jib included as standard in this model and together with various additional options for the bow sails you get surprising performance however adequate for a family cruising boat and reassuring control with the rudder single blade.

The transom ends with a large command beach that in addition to facilitating guests to enter and exit the water there is plenty of space to sit or relax, relax and sunbathe and enjoy the wonders of the sea up close. . In addition, the beach is equipped with a ladder with 5 steps with two sturdy grab handles to facilitate exit from the water.

On the deck there are 14 hatches and eight windows that can be opened to offer maximum light and ventilation below deck. The interiors follow the trend of recent times or are made with a semi-custom formula therefore with a very flexible and easily adaptable design according to the owner’s needs and references.

However, a layout for the interiors, already made in the standard configuration, includes a lounge with kitchen, 3 cabins with 2 bathrooms. The possibility of configuring the interiors with 4 or 5 cabins and bathrooms is not excluded. In the end there are 48 possible variations of interior customization with six to ten berths, including a comfortable owner’s suite with double island bed and bathroom, and up to four separate showers and an extra long galley.

The descent below deck takes place via a staircase which is accessed from a hatch located aft of the mast. The saloon filled with natural light, thanks to the large windows, is the first room of the interior that we find near the entrance which occupies the entire width of the beam which offers a lot of freedom of movement and a lot of very comfortable space. On the right side we immediately find a refined chart table with a splendid seat and the navigation and plant control system.


Continuing on the same side we have the “L” -shaped galley moved further towards the bow and equipped with a double sink, a large fridge, a freezer, a hob with several burners and various accessories.

The kitchen is full of functional details not only aesthetic that make life on board more comfortable, plus it can be used in any condition because it is equipped with adequate ventilation, lighting and natural light thanks to the large rectangular side windows and a porthole in high that during the day illuminate the whole environment.

On the opposite side we have the dining area with an L-shaped sofa with a central table whose height is automatically adjustable on command, plus in the free part of the table another sofa with a retractable TV.

The forward cabin is a very spacious and quite high master cabin, with a double island bed with bathroom. In this standard configuration aft we find the other 2 cabins with bathroom.


The base price of this boat is 245.900 euros (excluding VAT) and the first deliveries will start in the spring of this year 2022 with over 150 models already sold before any sea trial which decree the real success of this boat.

 New owners are asking for more and more sailing boats where it is a pleasure to sail in any condition, safe and easy to manage by a limited crew, whether for short two-day cruises or longer ones. With the deck that must be more and more liveable during navigation but above all when standing still either at anchor or in a port, with ever greater space below deck to be dedicated to the cabins to insert new elements of comfort. The hull must have a very stable and performing hull with a draft that allows you to enter every tourist port in the world.

The Hanse 460 is an interesting response to the demands of this market.