Hallberg-Rassy 43 Mk ll

by BWS Staff

Blue Water Sailing
September 2007


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Swedish boat builder Hallberg- Rassy has been building offshore quality cruising boats for two generations and along the way has shown a commitment to ongoing improvements in their already excellent boats. Since 2001 the company has built 150 HR 43s.

This year, after assimilating all of their experience with the boat, the company is launching the HR 43 Mark II at their annual summer Open House.

Those already familiar with Hallberg-Rassy boats will know that the 43, designed by German Frers, is an excellent hull with fine sailing and passagemaking characteristics. HR didn’t change the basic hull for the Mk II version.

But, just about everything else in the boat has been refined, redesigned, upgraded and improved.

The list of improvements runs to almost two single-spaced pages. An entirely new deck was designed to make the boat easier to sail and more comfortable. A new, taller rig was created to make the boat more powerful in a wider range of wind conditions. Among the dozens of changes large and small, HR kept their focus on cruising sailors, so they also increased the size of the standard battery bank.

The center cockpit design, with a small windshield, has proven so good over the long haul at sea, that they did not mess with the concept. There is room for six adults to sit, and with a dodger or hard top, four can seek shelter without leaving the cockpit.

Down below, the builders offer four configurations to suit various owners’ needs. The after cabin is the one of the best we have seen and will prove to be a snug haven when at sea or at anchor. The forward cabins are for guests and have enough room and storage for weeks of cruising.

The saloon, finished in light woods and matte varnish, offers comfort, convenience and that special HR yacht style.

For those looking for a couple’s or family’s world cruiser, the new HR 43 MkII should be on the short list of potential boats. Solid, safe and swift, the boat was born to cruise and will maintain its value while you sail.

Specifications: LOA 44’6”; LWL 38’7”; Beam 13’5”; Draft 6’7”; Displacement 28,000 lbs.; Sail Area 1,024 sq. ft.

For more information log on to www.hallberg-rassy.se

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