Nominated the German-built Hanse 461 to the Performance Cruisers Over 45 Feet division in the 2006 Boat of the Year competition.
Polar diagrams from the design office show that this boat will reach at 8.5 to 9.5 knots in 10 to 20 knots of wind.
An interesting comparison can be drawn to the new Swan 46 and its racier sister, the Swan 45. In the case of both performance ratios, the Hanse's are much more in line with the 45's than the 46's.
Hanse 461 is a very fast boat, quite easy to sail, and it's cheerful and spacious below. For sailors interested in both racing and cruising--perhaps an upwardly mobile couple with young children, lots of friends, and a penchant for speed--the 461 deserves a serious look.