The all-new Hallberg-Rassy 44 combines the best Hallberg-Rassy stands for, spiced with contemporary improvements for fast and comfortable cruising. The first boat will be finished the winter 2016-2017 and world premiere is at the world’s largest boat show, Boot Düsseldorf 21-29 January 2017.
There is an integral bowsprit that serves many different purposes:
• It is an ideal and efficient tack point for a code zero, or gennaker
• It is ideal for carrying an anchor for the electric windlass
• It is ideal for a bow ladder, making it easy to get onboard from a low dock or in a natural harbour
The twin rudder configuration, with one big wheel, means easy control in all conditions under sail, especially in tough weather. One big wheel means good rudder feeling and easy steering in all conditions because of the increased leverage compared to a small wheel.
HIDDEN CONTROL LINES IN THE COCKPIT
There is a winch on the starboard coaming in the cockpit. Ropes are hidden neatly, both excess lines aft of the clutches. In a storage box that is neatly hidden in the coaming, and between the clutches and the mast. If you have electric in-mast furling, you can control outhaul, vang, main halyard and code zero halyard from here.
As tradition says, the cockpit of a Hallberg-Rassy is very well sheltered. The cockpit length is a generous 2.29 m, no less than 19 cm longer than on the 43 Mk III. The pedestal head has space for a good size modern chart plotter with multi function display.
FOLD OUT BATHING PLATFORM
There is a large fold out bathing platform. The bathing ladder is comfortable with dedicated handholds on top of the ladder when folded out. As standard the platform folds out manually, optionally there is a push button operation available. When the platform is not in use, the transom is elegantly closed.
The sailplan is modern. There is no need for any runners even with an optional cutter stay, either fixed with furler or detachable. The headsail is only slightly overlapping, making tacking easy. There is even a selftacking option. The jib furler is a Furlex TD with under deck drum. The deck layout is clean and uncluttered with under deck mounted electric windlass and all deck hatches flush mounted.
The waterline is 12.88m, which is no less than 1.13 m longer than on the 43 Mk III. Frers speed prediction table tells that a loaded Hallberg-Rassy 44 will make 8.49 knots boat speed at 100 degrees in just 12 knots of true wind.
GENEROUS AFT CABIN
The aft cabin is generous for the size of boat and available in two versions; two individual berths with a wide sofa between, or an extra wide, comfortable centre line berth, with dressing table to starboard and a rounded seat to port.
The aft heads is generous with a separate shower with plexi glass doors. There is an opening portlight towards the cockpit.
Designer Germán Frers, Argentina
Hull length 13.68 m / 44′ 11″
Maximum length 14.45 m / 47′ 5″
Waterline at rest 12.88 m / 42′ 3″
Beam 4.20 m / 13′ 9″
Draft, empty standard boat 2.10 m * / 6′ 11″
Displacement, empty standard boat 13.3 tons / 29200 lbs
Keel weight 5.3 tons / 11 700 lbs
Sail area with genoa/jib 109.6 m² / 1180 sq ft
Air draft, ex Windex 21.6 m / 70′ 10”
Engine Volvo Penta D2-75
Power at crank shaft 55 kW / 75 HP
Transmission Hydraulic with shaft
Diesel tank 365 litres / 96 US gallon
Fresh water tanks 650 litres / 172 US gallon