With a good sense of proportion, but a measure of consistency, Western Sweden's top boatbuilding outfit is filling out its model line. Starting next summer, the new Hallberg-Rassy412 offers discerning owners in the 12 meter-segment another choice.
The Swedes from Ellös have had the center-cockpit HR 40 in their lineup, and it will remain in production. But now there's also the new, sportier, aft-cockpit version, which puts less emphasis on long-distance cruising. The HR 412 follows the lines and concept of the HR 372 that was introduced last year and won the European Yacht of the Year contest. In a way, it's Magnus Rassy's answer to X-Yacht's attempt to make inroads in his segment with their stylish XC-series of cruising boats.
Indeed, the lines by Hallberg-Rassy's standard designer, Frers, promise excellent sailing qualities. With its high three-spreader rig, powerful main, and narrowly overlapping genoa, the boat should manage 8 knots in only 12 knots of breeze with slightly cracked sheets.
There's a remarkable number of interior layout options with two or three cabins and one or two head compartments, so future owners can already choose from four base configurations. Add to that the lavish options that are common for Hallberg-Rassy, and include a retractable flat-screen monitor or a washer.
Also common for HR is the robust price -- 435,000 euros for the base version, excluding shipping. The HR 412 will premiere in August of 2012 at the in-water boat show in Ellös on the Orust peninsula in Sweden, at the company's headquarters. Prospective customers who decide to put in their orders now can hope for a 2012 delivery.
-- Jochen Rieker
This story was originally published in YACHT Magazine.
Translated by Dieter Loibner, de.boats.com