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Hanse 348

This new 34ft cruiser from Germany’s Hanse serves as a replacement for a previous model, the Hanse 345, that was built from 2013 to 2017 and proved popular with cost-conscious cruisers. In updating the 345, Hanse has not only carefully preserved all that was good about the 345, but succeeded in improving it. The differences are subtle but significant and include a taller rig, more powerful engine and more sophisticated construction.

CONSTRUCTION

The old 345 had a solid-laminate hull, but the new 348 features a balsa core sandwich above the waterline set in polyester resin, with an exterior layer of vinylester to improve osmosis resistance. The boat’s cast-iron keel—now a

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