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The new sail of Hallberg-Rassy 43

Edward Green |
Yacht lovers, make a mark in your calendars: October 11, 2013 will be the day of the world premiere for the Hallberg-Rassy 43 Mk III, the new and improved model of well-known blue water cruiser for model year 2014.

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The Hallberg-Rassy 43 Mk III is following the success of the 64, 55 and 48 Mk II with more natural light, even more elegance and improved interior comfort.

According to the builder, there are 26 improvements compared to the 43 Mk II. On the outside there are new saloon portlights; larger, frameless, tempered glass, like on the 48 Mk II, 55 and 64, give more natural light. There are also four hull portlights; two in the saloon and two in the aft cabin, give eye-contact to the world outside while seated in the saloon.

New low profile ventilators are built in with ping pong balls like on the 412, 48 Mk II and 55, and there's also a new elegant design of the windshield with rounded top on the side panels. And now a bit of technical specifications: hull length 13.57 m (44' 6"), waterline at rest 11.75 m (38' 7"), beam 4.08 m (13' 5"), draft, empty standard boat 2.00 m (6' 7"), diesel tank 395 litres (104 US gallon), wresh water tanks 650 litres (172 US gallon).

Designers also improved the design of the pushpit and pulpit, made a larger forward anchor locker, improved aft deck lockers for and improved watertightness, and made a possibility for FatFurl furling mainsail with headboard and good roach. There is also a possibility to install retractable bow and stern thrusters with docking function, which makes it possible to push the boat to the dock, even if the wind is blowing from the shoreline, without the need to stand at the helm position.

The genoa sheet now can have winches as REVO, which means also reversible function. Forward toilet compartment is from the Hallberg-Rassy 412, L shaped port side sofa in the saloon is now eight centimers longer, there is a space between entrance stair to saloon table increased, and there is a possibility for good size retractable 32 inch TV on port side of the saloon.

When standard aft cabin layout with two individual berths are ordered, then the aft deck storage has the same shape as on the 43 Mk II. There are bookshelfs in v cabin and aft cabin as on the Hallberg-Rassy 55, which means more open arrangement and white wooden lining inside the alcoves. The Hallberg-Rassy 43 Mk III is designed by German Frers and destined for unlimited ocean voyages.

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