By Michael Good, YACHT magazine.
The new Hallberg-Rassy 55 will continue the proven center-cockpit concept of her predecessor, the HR 54. Judging by appearance and details, the new boat is strongly inspired by the company’s new flagship, the HR 64: fewer but larger windows in the cabin top, additonal hull windows, and adapted contours from lifelines to windshield and cockpit layout.
The most notable difference in the HR 54 is the size of the cockpit, which grew by about 30 centimeters. The cabin top moved farther forward and is a bit lower toward the bow now. It enhances the elegant appearance and better matches the pronounced sheer line.
Unchanged is the high three-spreader rig, but the shrouds now are led downward past the coachroof to the structural elements in the bilge. Hence the HR 55 can be canvassed with a large 140-percent genoa, which is a popular choice for bluewater cruisers. Rounding out the standard sail wardrobe are three options: standard jib, genoa, and code zero.
To simplify handling, spoiled owners can install electric winches. New for Hallberg-Rassy is the automated system for maneuvering (optional) that tacks the boat by simply pressing a button. The system has already proved to be effective on the HR 412. Also new is the docking system that uses joystick control and a combination of bow and stern thrusters.
The cabin layout of the HR 55 remains unchanged from her predecessor. As an option, HR offers two aft cabins that replace the single unit with the large island berth, which is standard. For the fore cabin there are several alternatives to the owner’s version, with a guest cabin and bunk beds and a skipper’s cabin with head and sink.
The new HR 55 will be shown for the first time at the Düsseldorf boat show, Jan. 19-27, 2013. And for good measure, the price will remain unchanged: 1.18 million euros, including VAT.
For more information, visit Hallberg-Rassy.
- LOA: 16.68 m
- LWL: 14.30 m
- Beam: 4.73 m
- Draft: 2.30 m
- DSPL: 26.3 t
- Ballast: 9.75 t
- Sail area (w. jib): 156.9 sq. m
- Engine: Volvo Penta D4-180/Gori folding prop
- Water: 1050 l
- Fuel: 900 l
This story originally appeared in YACHT Magazine. and is republished here by permission.
Translated by Dieter Loibner, de.boats.com