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The Hanse Group of yacht building companies, which includes Hanse themselves, Moody, Dehler and Varianta, pride themselves on producing yachts of the highest quality and equipped to an excellent standard. After extensive testing the Group has decided to fit Varifold folding propellers to its sailing yachts. A contract lasting several years was signed in May 2013  through Hanse Group and SPW GmbH Germany. They will be fitted as standard to all the larger vessels in each range and as part of the optional , with the order of the engine, for smaller vessels, replacing the standard fixed bladed propellers fitted to those boats.

The Varifold range of propellers are developed and engineered in a joint venture of SPW GmbH Germany and Bruntons LTd UK. The full range is designed by SPW Germany and produced  by British propeller designer and manufacturer Bruntons Propellers as their partners in the project in the UK. Over more than ten yearsthe range of propellers has been gradually expanded from a two blade propeller to a range which now includes three and four blade models capable of handling power outputs as low as 10hp and as high as 1000hp.

Hanse’s testing showed that the Varifold propellers will provide their owners with the best available all round performance whether motoring or sailing and fits in perfectly with their declared aim to provide owners with a very high quality sailing experience. Hanse joins an elite and growing body of yacht builders who fit Varifolds as standard; among them Baltic Yachts, Oyster, Swan, Southern Wind and CNB, plus many production Catamaran builders around the world.

Hanse’s Development Manager Raoul Bajorat commenting on the decision says ‘ The Varifold folding propellers we have tested  produced excellent performance for motoring and drag free sailing. What was also very noticeable was the lack of noise and vibration when the yachts were under power and the fact that, unlike some folding propellers, they always opened when reverse was asked for”.

Varifold Propellers are designed and engineered by SPW GmbH and manufactured by Bruntons


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