A Sneak Peek at New Boats
New models from European builders such as Hallberg-Rassy, Hanse, and Bavaria, made their debut at Germany's Boot Dusseldorf 2013, the world's largest boat show.
From the north, in Sweden, Hallberg-Rassy came to town with two new models. Below decks on the HR 55 you sit in traditional splendor at a large U-shaped table, surrounded by rich teak joinery (mahogany is standard) in the main saloon. Aft in the boat we visited, there was a centerline queen berth, but a double- and single-berth owner’s cabin is also available. Forward of the main bulkhead you have a choice of a double Pullman berth or bunks, with a V-berth all the way forward. Topsides, the center cockpit has a single wheel and the trademark HR hard dodger. The 55 features in-mast furling, a cutter rig, and an optional sprit for downwind sails.
The HR 412 was first introduced in the summer of 2012 and it’s the largest aft cockpit boat that Hallberg-Rassy has built. It features twin aft cabins (a single aft cabin and more storage is an option), the choice of one or two heads, and is sloop rigged with a 108-percent jib for a headsail. A sprit for downwind sails is also an option on this boat.