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A Look at the Hallberg-Rassy 62

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Hallberg-Rassy 62

Few yards have earned such a renowned reputation and global acclaim for building world-class cruising yachts as Hallberg-Rassy. Showcased as the "Flagship" yacht of their fleet when first introduced, the Hallberg-Rassy 62 has won numerous awards to include the "Import Cruising Boat of the Year" by Cruising World Magazine and "Yacht of the Year" in Germany.

Hallmarked by solid construction, extraordinary sailing ability, and designed to be easily managed by a cruising couple. This yacht incorporates a logical layout, an effortlessly managed yet powerful sailplan, and unparalleled quality. The very light and airy interior has a modern contemporary design with a luxurious main salon, three or four well-appointed cabins depending on the layout, and a spacious galley.


The interior of the Hallberg-Berg Rassy 62 is remarkably well designed to ensure comfort, safety, and enjoyment both at sea and in the harbor. The cabin sole is solid teak and holly with edges sealed with epoxy and coated on either side in satin varnish. All sole boards seat on a rubberized cushion and are removable and fitted with flush lifting rings.

For accessibility and safety at sea, all cabins and living spaces are one a single plane, eliminating tripping hazards and difficulty of traversing the interior while underway. Grab rails and fiddled surfaces provide a secure handhold and have been intuitively placed throughout the boat. All interior woodwork is silk smooth teak with varnished satin finish. All cabinets and drawers are soft closing with automatic lighting and have inset stainless steel pocket hinges, all joinery was completed by world-class craftsman, is of the highest of quality, and in excellent condition.  The boat has a bright and airy feel with 15 large Lewmar Ocean windows and 8 Lewmar deckhatches with extra thick ultraviolet stabilized acrylic

Perfect for entertaining and enjoyment both underway and at anchor, the main salon is bright and spacious. A large wrap around lounge and center double seat allow for eight adults to gather around the beautifully finished teak dining table. Vented cabinetry outboard of the lounge and storage integrated into both the table and centerline seat provide excellent storage for provisions. To port, the signature Hallberg-Rassy captain style seats are both functional and comfortable at sea. Two fiddled tables flank the seating area and incorporate two wine bottle storage lockers, barware cabinet, and additional storage.  Unlatching and folding the captain chairs inboard reveals further compartments beneath and behind. 

The engine room is accessed through the aft passageway and is massive in volume allowing for easy maintenance of all ships machinery. Every inch of the major machinery is accessible making maintenance a breeze. No more crawling over hot engines and contorting yourself to reach a belt or filer. You can stand up or sit comfortably!


The hull is constructed of hand laid woven roving with isophtalic polyester resin and gelcoat with Divinycell PVC foam core above the waterline to provide both sound and environmental insulation. Solid laminate below the waterline. A rubbing strake with stainless steel strip runs the length of the hull. Longitudinal and athwartship stiffeners bonded to the bilges to evenly distribute the load of the mast and keel. Provides a strong superstructure grid for the external lead keel with 24,250 lbs ballast which is secured with 14 M36 stainless steel keel bolts which are easily accessible and visible from the deep bilge. The GRP, semi-balanced rudder with 100 mm stainless steel shaft and three cast bronze bearings incorporates a Cardan link steering system. All major machinery was installed after the joining of the deck to ensure, if needed in the future, all components could be removed.

The Hallberg-Rassy 62 has a GRP sandwich constructed deck with Divinycell PVC foam core for strength and insulation. The hull and deck are bonded with overlapping GRP-laminate, a proven design which is superior in strength and ability to prevent water incursion.  The stemhead is fitted with dual bow rollers and a pushpit made of 30 mm stainless steel. Double lifelines are secured by sturdy deck stanchions mounted through the caprail but do not penetrate the underside, therefore eliminating the possibility of allowing water intrusion through the deck. Port and starboard boarding gates and a large transom gate allow for easy boarding and loading. Two 16" mooring cleats fore and aft and 12" cleats mid-ship. 14 mm Slow growth teak decks are glued in place and in excellent condition. The large forward chain locker with overboard drain keep the weight of the chain low in the bow and has storage for up to five large fenders and deck equipment. The full beam lazarette has both port and starboard access and is cavernous in size!


The Hallberg-Rassy 62 features a 3-spreader deck stepped Selden mast with hydraulic in-mast, genoa, and staysail furling as well as a hydraulic boom vang and backstay. This world-class cruiser was designed to have an easy to manage sail plan perfect for shorthanded sailing. The deck stepped mast is supported on a solid mast support integrated with the main bulkhead. The hydraulic system is easily managed from the cockpit with push button controls and panel at the helm.


The cockpit of the Hallberg-Rassy 62 is spacious and well protected with self-bailing scuppers and teak grated cockpit floor and teak seats and a large three pane safety glass windscreen with opening center and alloy frames. The 62 is a top-of-the-range blue water boat that is easy to manage from behind the helm with push-button controls for the windlass and for setting and sheeting the sails, and foot switches for the bow thruster. She's truly a world cruiser that's family friendly.


Designer's Commentary

The Hallberg-Rassy 62 represents years of experience and a synergy of efforts on the part of Hallberg-Rassy and our design office to produce the best possible yacht of its kind. The high performance, well balanced, strong hull of moderate draft is matched by an efficient and easy to handle sail plan. The areas reserved for leisure on deck are very generous and the interior has plenty of natural light and ventilation.  A new owner will immediately be able to appreciate Hallberg-Rassy’s know how building and fitting out their yachts, as much as their design and performance in all conditions. – Germán Frers




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