Hallberg-Rassy recently announced the creation of a new aft cockpit model — the Hallberg-Rassy 400. Following in the steps of the center cockpit 40c, the 400 is the second new 40-footer to be released by HR in the past year. The new Hallberg-Rassy 400 features twin helms, a modern and efficient hull shape with twin rudders and an easy to handle rig. The first boat will be presented at Scandinavia’s largest sailboat show, the Open Yard Ellös, Orust, 27-30 August 2021.
A Large Cockpit
The cockpit is large. The twin helms make it easy to move in the cockpit. There is ample space on the pedestal heads for buttons and displays. The coaming is wide enough to offer flexibility for seating on top of the coaming or at bench level, with the benefit of the side protection by the coaming. The telltails of the headsail are easy to see from the helmsman’s position. There is a fixed high gloss varnished teak table available.
Control lines are lead in a concealed way to the cockpit coamings, allowing electric winches, without taking up any interior space. There are bins for excess ropes so the cockpit is always clean and tidy. The main sheet track is conveniently located in front of the Hallberg-Rassy typical wind screen. There is a fold-out swim platform available. Cockpit length and deck locker storage is larger than on the 412.
The rig is modern and easy to handle. The headsail is only slightly overlapping and easy to tack and there is a self tacking option too. The bowsprit is elegantly integrated with the hull and deck as standard, not an afterthought. The bowsprit is an excellent tack point for a gennaker, a mount for a bow ladder with platform and stowage for an Ultra bow anchor.
The Interior Layout
Although she is “just” 40 ft, she offers one or two heads, and two or three sleeping cabins. The forward cabin may be ordered in three different layouts:
- For the first time with an aft cockpit Hallberg-Rassy: An Owner’s Cabin in the bow, with center line bed and en-suite toilet with acrylic glass shower doors
- Double bed with toilet, shower with acrylic glass doors and space for a washing machine,
- Double bed cabin without own toilet
The saloon is available with L sofa and settees or L sofa and armchairs. For the first time with an aft cockpit Hallberg-Rassy, the washboard for the entrance is available with gas springs. If there is a single aft cabin, the starboard side settee is extra long. There is either a single aft cabin with large head with separate shower, or twin aft cabins, still with an aft head.