There was stiff competition for the title, including from the Dufour 350 and the Marlow-Hunter 31, but the judges ultimately chose the Hanse, and not only because it was the fleet’s least expensive boat, with a sail-away price of $140,000.
“The Hanse had a lot going on in 31 feet, starting with two good cabins, one forward and one aft,” said Tim Murphy. “There’s also a full head with a larger separate shower; space in the forepeak not only with a good berth, but also an area where you can sit down and change your clothes; and a full working galley. And it was a fun boat to sail. So you have a complete package for a couple to sleep comfortably, cook fine meals and even live aboard for stretches at a time.”