Hall­berg-rassy 43

PRICE £215,000-£325,000 YEAR 2001-2016

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The Hall­berg-rassy 43 has be­come a leg­endary blue­wa­ter cruis­ing yacht, evolv­ing through­out its 15 years in build, with 200 launched be­fore be­ing su­per­seded by the 44.

Tra­di­tion­ally styled HR yachts have earned an en­vi­able rep­u­ta­tion in cruis­ing cir­cles due to the builder ab­sorb­ing all the lat­est trends and meld­ing them into what many now class as the ‘ideal’ live­aboard.

This cen­tre-cock­pit, mast­head sloop has a solid GRP hull in­cor­po­rat­ing sub­stan­tial re­in­force­ment be­low the wa­ter­line, while her top­sides and deck are foam-cored for light­ness and in­su­la­tion. The stand­ing rig­ging, chain plates and mast fit­tings are all ro­bustly en­gi­neered, as are the deck gear and ground tackle ar­range­ments.

Her cen­tre cock­pit is com­fort­able, both at sea and at an­chor, and all the sails con­trols are within easy reach of the large wheel. HR’S trade­mark wra­paround fixed wind­screen of­fers ex­cel­lent pro­tec­tion from the el­e­ments while keep­ing the view ahead clear.

Be­low, she boasts two spa­cious VIP cab­ins, both with roomy dou­ble berths and lavish en­suite fa­cil­i­ties. Stowage is ex­cel­lent in the cab­ins and sa­loon, while the stun­ning ma­hogany in­te­rior join­ery is beau­ti­fully fin­ished and de­signed with both com­fort and prac­ti­cal­ity in mind.

In the sa­loon, the op­tion of two lux­u­ri­ous arm­chairs brings the com­forts of home, while the large ta­ble will seat six for din­ner or drinks with ease.

Other en­vi­able blue­wa­ter fea­tures in­clude a de­cent wet locker, a 75hp diesel mo­tor and ca­pa­cious tank­age – 395 l of fuel and 650 l of fresh­wa­ter, both in stain­less-steel tanks.

Not only is she beau­ti­fully con­structed but she’s also a de­light un­der sail. De­spite her dis­place­ment, she’s no slouch in a good breeze and stands up to her sail well. Fr­ers seems to have per­fected the ideal un­der­wa­ter shape so as to pro­duce a yacht that sim­ply glides through the waves, what­ever the sea con­di­tions.

You’ll glide through the waves, what­ever the con­di­tions

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