Ergonomic working stations, surrounding bulwarks, and 28-inch rails and lifelines add further to the sense of safety and functionality above, although the hard dodger did restrict forward visibility and companionway access a bit. The cockpit, while feeling snug for sea, appeared small for entertaining in port. Deep sea berths, good handholds, and fiddled surfaces gave a feeling of security below. The fit and finish of the plush interior is of the highest standard available today. The Hallberg-Rassy 48, pound for pound, delivers value in terms of substance and style.