Boat Test: 2023 Hanover 375


Hanover 375 running
Underway, the 375 is sheer fun. Courtesy Hanover Yachts

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Overview

Hanover Yachts, a decades-old Brazilian boatbuilder, has made inroads in North America with its new 375 (Mark II version). This 36-footer is remarkable on several fronts, including quality, comfort level and price. 

Engines

The standard equipment includes an Onan 5 kW genset, an electric sunroof, cockpit air conditioning, and an outdoor galley. At 43 mph, it offers a good turn of speed from twin 350 hp Merc 6.2 sterndrives.

Hanover 375 helm
The helm is equipped with twin Raymarine screens. Courtesy Hanover Yachts

Interior and Accessories

The first impression was it’s a great dayboat, with two L-shaped settees, a lounge next to the helm, and a galley with a grill on the transom for easily tossing charred burgers. The wide swim platform also offers removable stools for sandbar use.

The foredeck features two sun pads with flip backs and the hidden anchor windlass, all surrounded by welded stainless-steel rails.

Hanover 375 cockpit
The cockpit opens to the breeze with the large sunroof and sliding side windows. Courtesy Hanover Yachts

Down below, a U-shaped dinette converts to a 7-foot-1-inch-wide berth, and the midcabin has nearly a king berth (70-by-78 inches) that can become two singles as needed. The galley sports a fridge and an induction cooktop, while the enclosed head is notable for an oversize stall shower.

The helm is protected by the fiberglass hardtop with a large sunroof, and the skipper enjoys twin Raymarine screens, clearly labeled push-button systems, and an opening window.  

Why is the Hanover 375 so inexpensive? I frankly don’t know because it has US equipment, from the Kenyon cooktop to the Quick windlass to the MerCruiser sterndrives, plus a three-year warranty. The glasswork is ripple-free, fits well and feels solid. When I poked upside down into the gelcoated bilge, there were no ragged edges or iffy stringer tabs. The 375 weighs 9,200 pounds compared to the Wellcraft 355 at 16,130 pounds—a puzzlement I can only guess is due to less fiberglass.

Hanover 375 aft seating
The L-shaped settee is comfortable and spacious. Courtesy Hanover Yachts

Underway, it’s sheer fun. The 375 jumps onto plane quickly (warn your guests), and the hull strakes are carried well forward for good bite in turns.  

In all, a most interesting South American contender. Olé!

Hanover 375 salon
A U-shaped dinette converts to a 7-foot-1-inch-wide berth. Courtesy Hanover Yachts

How We Tested

  • Engines: Twin 350 hp MerCruiser 6.2L MPI ECT
  • Drive/Prop: Bravo Three 26″ pitch stainless steel
  • Gear Ratio: 2.18:1 Fuel Load: 60 gal. Water on Board: 0 gal. Crew Weight: 450 lb.

High Points

  • Though fully enclosed forward, the cockpit opens to the breeze with the large sunroof and sliding side windows.
  • Thoughtful touches include deep gutters on all hatches (it rains in Brazil) and molded handrails for the swim ladder.
  • Surprisingly spacious stall shower with a seat.

Low Points

  • Tight access to the Mercury engines, especially the outboard spark plugs. A much bigger hatch would be appreciated by service techs.
  • Though it makes for a wider cabin, side decks might be missed during docking.

Toughest Competitor

Frankly, there aren’t many comparables at this price point. Although, the Sea Ray Sundancer 370, with the optional hardtop and more powerful Merc 430s ($890,647), is a bit longer (37 feet, 2 inches) and wider (12 feet) to allow for a walk-around deck, and the details (from diamond-stitched upholstery to welded stainless-steel rails) are similar.

Pricing and Specs

Price: $399,000 (as tested fall 2022)
LOA: 36’4″
Beam: 10’10”
Draft (max): 3’4″
Displacement (approx): 9,200 lb.
Transom Deadrise: 16 degrees
Bridge Clearance: 10’1″
Max Cabin Headroom: 6’7″
Fuel Capacity: 160 gal.
Max Horsepower: 700
Available Power: Twin gas or diesel sterndrives

Speed, Efficiency, Operation

Hanover 375 performance data
Hanover 375 Certified Test Results Boating Magazine

Hanover Yachts – Hollywood, Florida; 305-452-0002; hanoveryachts.com

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