Hallberg-Rassy 54

by George Day

Blue Water Sailing
September 2006


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The new Hallberg-Rassy 54 will premiere at the annual HR open house in August and BWS plans to be there. The new design follows on the heels of the successful HR 62, launched in the U.S. last year, a boat that BWS sailed to the Caribbean and reported on. The 54 is a luxury cruiser with a moderate- displacement hull, cruising fin keel and spade rudder. Her lines are fair and long, so the boat will move sweetly through the water and will resist pitching head seas while having plenty of power to carry sail when reaching. Under sail or power, the 54 should have no trouble moving through the water at close to hull speed.

The center cockpit has been given special design care to make the backrests comfortable, the leg spaces ample but secure when heeled, and the forward windshield large enough to deflect wind and spray. The cockpit lockers are large and wide enough for easy access. The swim platform folds up and down from the transom with remote push-button controls.

The 54, like most HRs, has been designed for a couple or two couples cruising together. Two master staterooms are provided, the owner's cabin aft and the guest cabin forward. Anticipating the need for spare berths, a third cabin with a V-berth is included forward. Both master cabins have en suite heads and showers.

The saloon is spacious, bright and airy. The dinette to starboard will seat six easily while the two armchairs and table to port will be good for lounging and watching movies on the home entertainment center's 21-inch flat screen. The galley and nav stations offer plenty of working space.

The 54 is a liveaboard, ocean- crossing passagemaker. As such, HR has included a washing machine and dishwasher in the options list so those aboard can treat their floating home like a real second home instead of a rustic cabin in the woods. A high capacity watermaker will have to be part of this scenario.

BWS will sail the new 54 in Sweden and will report further in a future issue.

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