1. Hallberg Rassy
On the northeast cost of Sweden , in the little town of Ellos, is the most beautiful setting for a boatyard in the world. Bold rocks guard the entrance of the small round bay, and behind the houses that line the shore, great hills rise. Hidden into a corner of the bay below a cliff is the Hallberg Rassy yard.Here lie some of the europe's most respected boats, the confortable/ spacious Hallberg Rassy cruisers.
|Mr. Cristoph Rassy|
|Mr. Harry Hallberg|
Meanwhile a Mr. Hallberg, who had been building pretty folkboats out of wood since the war, was making himself a good reputation on both sides of the Antlantic with a pretty little boat called P28.
The Hallberg and Rassy yards merged in '72. Mr. Hallberg retired soon after and Cristoph Rassy now stood by himself. Within a dozen years the size of the yard doubled untill now, at 250 boats a year, it is the largest sailboat in Sweden.
In 1983, 16-year old Magnus Rassy built an experimental boat named "Rassker". The hull was built in high tech aramid fibre and Divinycell. This was the first boat built at Hallberg-Rassy to feature an external lead keel and a stern with a bathing platform. The hull length was 26 ft and the boat won many races.
In 1985 two armchairs were built in to the saloon of a HR 49.
This was something no one had seen on a yacht before. Now you can find similar solutions on boats built by yards all over the world, but no armchairs are as comfortable as the original ones by Hallberg-Rassy. In 1987, another boat designed by Magnus was built, the 35 feet "Rassker Magnum".
Also this boat was racing very successfully. These two boats were nothing for Hallberg-Rassy to put on the market, but a good preparation for future developments.
In 1988 Hallberg-Rassy began a successful co-operation with Germán Frers (pronounced Herman Frers) from Argentina. Frers is as well known for his Volvo Ocean Race and America’s Cup designs, as he is for drawing cruising yachts with elegant lines. This co-operation has resulted in a new generation of sail-boats, which combine the Hallberg-Rassy renowned good qualities like sturdiness, seaworthiness, comfort, safety, and fine wood-work; with unsurpassed sailing characteristics.
Several victories in the ARC over the Atlantic shows that a modern cruiser does not have to be lacking in performance. Germán Frers has so far made 19 designs for Hallberg-Rassy, in chronological order the Hallberg-Rassy 45, HR 36, HR 34, HR 42F, HR 39, HR 31, HR 53, HR 46, HR 62, HR 43, HR 40, HR 37, HR 48, HR 342, HR 54, HR 372, HR 310, HR 64 and now the new Hallberg-Rassy 412.
So far Hallberg-Rassy has delivered 8,900 yachts, whereof Frers designed 2,900.
Today H.R. models are split between to big categories: the famous
Center Cockpit Boats