Traditional Swedish sailing yacht design with modern improvements
Another world premiere by Hallberg-Rassy at the boot Düsseldorf 2017: The Swedish boat builder celebrates its new sailing yacht Hallber-Rassy 44 at the world's leading boat show. Modern improvements to traditional Swedish boat building are intended to make sailing the new HR 44 even more enjoyable, relaxed and safe. Come and see for yourself!
Integral Bowsprit & twin helm station The integral bowsprit is one of the features that makes sailing a yacht of the size of the Hallberg-Rassy 44 so much easier and enjoyable: obviously it is,first of all, an efficient tacking point for a code zero or gennaker foresail. Easy to reach, it makes handling and hoisting the big foresails just that bit easier. But it also carries and holds the anchor for the electric anchor winch and facilitates smooth manouvering whereever you decide to drop the anchor. Finally, when moored in a marina bow-to, the integral bowsprit grants easy access to and from deck as a boarding ladder can be mounted here. At the helm station, the twin-wheel configuration with large steering wheels allows easy control in all weather conditions under sail. The size of the steering wheel provides a good feeling for the rudder and a better transmission compared to a smaller wheels. Especially in higher wind speeds this provides good control and an extra sense of saftey.
Concealed ropes leading into the cockpit A winch is located on the starboard coaming in the cockpit. The lines are hidden neatly, and even the excess of ropes aft of the clutches can be stored elegantly in a box inside the coaming in front of the winch. If you opt for an electric in-mast furling system, outhaul, kicker and main as well as code zero halyards can be worked from inside the cockpit.
Large Cockpit Tradition has it that the cockpit of any Hallberg-Rassy sailing yacht is a secure and sheltered place. This is also true for the new Hallberg-Rassy 44. Overall, the Cockpit is 2.29 m long, which provides even 19 cm more space in the cockpit than on the HR 43 Mk III. The pedestal at the helm station has ample room for a large, built in modern chart plotter with a multi-functional display as well as all the controlls for electric furling systems and winches. Sailing at your fingertips, so to say.
Fold out bathing plattform Aft, there is a large fold out bathing platform. The bathing ladder is comfortably equipped with handholds that stand out when the ladder is extended. In the standard configuration of the Hallber-Rassy 44 the bathing platform folds out manually, but there is an option to have a push-button-system installed.
Modern sail plan The sailplan of the HR44 has an up-to-date layout and does not require any runners, even if the optional cutter stay is used. There are two options for the cutter stay: rigged permanently with a furler or detachable on the mast. The foresail only slightly overlaps the main, which makes it easy to handle in in tacks and gybes. A self-tacking installation is optional. The furling system for the foresail is a Furlex TD with the drum mounted below deck level. The deck layout is kept tidy and clean with electric winches mounted below deck flush fitted hatches. The waterline length of the HR 44's predecessor 43 Mk III has been extended by a full 1.13 meters to now 12,88 m. The speed prediction table calculated by Frers yacht design shows that the new Hallberg-Rassy 44 will reach 8.49 knots boat speed at a 100 degree wind angle and a true wind speed of 12 knots. Fast sailing!
Many choices below deck There is the option to choose between a standard galley on starboard which is shaped as a "U" or the linear variant on port with large work top area on either side of the pantry. Further options to choose from in the galley include a freezer, microwave, extractor fan with charcoal filter and even dishwasher. Three options are offered for the layout of the section in front of the mast. One option with a one-cabin-layout and the other two with two-cabin-configurations. The standard version comes with a large V-shaped front cabin and a generously sized bathroom. The aft cabin is particularly generous for a boat of this size and comes in two versions: either two individual berths with a large sofa in between, or an extra wide center bunk with dressing table on starboard and a rounded seat corner on port. The choice is yours!
Flooded by natural light There are six flush-mounted deck hatches, eight opening side windows and four hull windows in the Hallberg-Rassy 44. All windows and deck hatches have clear glass, except in the toilet room, where there is frosted glass, which is translucent but opaque. The hull windows are larger than usual with a Hallberg-Rassy of this dimensions. They resemble the windows of the Hallberg-Rassy flagship, the Hallberg-Rassy 64. The new Hallberg-Rassy 44 almost bathes in natural light and air ventilation.