I think we decided to visit the Cannes Yachting Festival at the same time as we put in the order for our new boat. We both like sunny places with warm water, obviously, but we did have one additional excuse: to check out our material and colour selections “in real life”, and maybe make some changes to our order, if needed.
We had good day at the show, and we saw a lot of quite amazing boats, yachts and other marine related stuff. With regard to our colour and material selections project, though, that didn’t go exactly as planned.
First of all, the yacht show was quite crowded. Some boats were more popular than others, but with quite a few people in the cockpits and even more people inside, a lot of energy went to just not being in anyone’s way. A quick look here and there, then a move along since more people push forward from behind.
Secondly, the specifications of the yachts (posted outside) were lacking. It’s cool that Hanse yachts can be ordered in a gazillion different ways, but when looking at grey sofa cushions and going “aww! beautiful!” it would be really nice to know which of the gazillion versions of grey sofa cushions we’re actually looking at.
(I’m putting this in your feedback inbox, Hanse Yachts! In all of your beautiful demo pictures but especially at the yacht festivals, please list all the material selections, since it’s so much more enjoyable to know what material we’re looking at!)
Nevertheless, it was a good day. Sure, reality can be somewhat hotter, sweatier and dirtier, with unexpected headaches and expected but surprisingly sore toes, but it’s real, and that’s what makes it so much better.
The Sailing Boats
All the sailing boats we saw were quite beautiful! We spent most of the time in the Hanse area, but did look a quite a few others as well. Here are some pictures with a few reflections about the Hanses!
The smallest Hanse in the show was the 348. It did feel slightly smaller than the 388, especially in the toilet/shower area. Where the 388 has a separately wall mounted shower, the 348 shower handle is pulled out from above the sink (see picture below).
Still, a very nice boat, and I’m sure our family of two adults and four children could fit in one. Why we didn’t choose this one was mainly because the 388 should be slightly faster, and is classified into CE category A, where the 348 is category B.
The boat we are waiting for, our dream boat! 🙂
We were very interested in the 458 since it was the next step up from the yacht we bought (there is a 418 in between, but none in Cannes). Unfortunately for us, though, everyone else seemed very interested in it as well so we didn’t manage to take but a couple of pictures of it.
We were standing barefooted (you always exit your shoes before entering the boat) in the cockpit of the Hanse 588 and enjoying the lovely feeling of standing on real teak, when it struck me. This wasn’t real teak, it was actually the very same version of synthetic teak we had ordered ourselves.
I’m patting myself on the back now because I think we made an excellent choice!
“This will be your next boat, right”, said the French Hanse dealer with a smile after we had told him that we just ordered a 388.
“Absolutely”, I replied (trying to be funny), “but obviously there will be a few other models in between”.
We went to Cannes partly because we thought we might get a chance to say hello to Lennart, the person who actually sold us our new boat. We had never met him since we had only communicated by phone and email.
But he wasn’t there. He had left the day before we arrived.
Luckily, Henrik was there, so finally (!) we got to shake hands with someone from the Swedish Hanse dealer, and tell him how happy we were with the choice we had made.
“So you have sailed much together, the both of you?”, Henrik asked kindly.
And so we told him the story about Charlotte never having sailed before
About the Bahamas and the seasickness, and the other sicknesses, and us not really being able to sail there either, although we wanted to.
And about the children, that we are a bit afraid of how they will take it. And that yes, we are a bit scared, but really do hope and believe it will all turn out allright.
Henrik looked at us for a second before a broad and warm smile appeared on his face.
“They will love it”, he said, “you will all love it”.