Hallberg-Rassy 400, the Swedish Aft Cockpit With Twin Helms

The new Hallberg-Rassy 400 is a perfect bluewater aft cockpit boat with twin helms, a modern and efficient hull shape with twin rudders, and an easy-to-handle rig. Following in the steps of the center cockpit 40c, the 400 is the second new 40-footer to be released by Hallberg-Rassy in a short time.

Hallberg-Rassy 400
Photo Ludovic Fruchaud

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.

Hallberg-Rassy 400
Photo Magnus Rassy

Control lines of the Hallberg-Rassy 400 are led 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 windscreen. There is a fold-out swim platform available. Cockpit length and deck locker storage are larger than on the 412.

Hallberg-Rassy 400
Photo Magnus Rassy

Easy Sailing

The rig of the Hallberg-Rassy 400 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 a platform, and stowage for an Ultra bow anchor.

Comfort equipment is available, such as bow- and stern thrusters, and this may be combined with a generator. There are other comfort options such as a washing machine, dishwasher, or an extra fridge and freezer. Air conditioner and watermaker are also possible.

Hallberg-Rassy 400
Photo Ludovic Fruchaud

The Interior Layout

The interior of the Hallberg-Rassy 400 offers the option of one or two aft cabins, one or two heads, classic mahogany, or bright European oak interior. 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
hallberg-rassy 400
Image courtesy Hallberg-Rassy

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 are either a single aft cabin with a large head with a separate shower, or twin aft cabins, still with an aft head.

Hallberg-Rassy 400 Specs

Hull length 12.30 m / 40’ 4”
Maximum length13.06 m / 42’ 10’’
Waterline at rest11.74 m / 38’ 6’’
Beam4.18 m / 13’ 8 1/2”
Draught, empty standard boat
(* Also available as a shallow draught version)
1.92 m* / 6’ 4” *
Displacement, empty standard boat11 t / 24 250 lbs
Sail area with genoa jib, standard boat90.1 m² / 970 ft²
Diesel tank400 l / 106 US gallon
Fresh water tanks520 l / 137 US gallon
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