Tuesday, July 06, 2004
The Hallberg-Rassy 29 is a Classic
The Hallberg-Rassy 29 is according to many one of their most beautiful designs. Its high sharp bow is as high as modern 36 foot yachts giving the boat a fantastic side profile and power to drive the boat through waves. The boat was designed by the legendary Swedish yacht designers Olle Enderlein and the founder of of Hallberg-Rassy boat yard Christoph Rassy. The design has so many great innovations, looks like there must have been some wonderful debates perfecting the design. It was first introduced in 1982 during its 14 years in production 571 yachts were produced. The boat has typically 4 berths, I have seen some pictures with boats with five. Our has 4 which means that the boat has an amazing amount of storage space in the steering area. This builds a fundament for ship shape. I can fit the liferaft, rubber dinghy, sails and all ropes, fenders extra gas. We even store the trash in the aftmost, when at sea.
Interior & Galley
The interior is immaculate. Very rich in mahogany, with thick varnish. Our is 19 years old and there is practically not a scratch on the saloon table. The varnish silk matt giving is a warm feel and longlasting protection. There are several joints where not a single angle is straight and the joining pieces fit perfectly. Those kind of joints are so hard to do, but Hallberg-Rassy has that kind of attention of detail. This summer I buffed the hinges on the doors to the toilet and front cabin. It was amazing to see that all the screws where perfectly aligned and there must have been more than 200 screws keeping them together. It is only passion that drives that kind of craftmanship one cannot do it if it is just "a job".
The Galley is very cleverly designed as it integrates with the navigation table making it a perfect place for serious cooking. One is typically standing facing the hatch when preparing food making it very easy to communicate with people sitting outside in the cockpit. The saloon table is generous and the sofas are comfortable to sit in.
The yacht sails very well, but not too fast. It carries its sail in 20knots of wind and does not get restless even in strong gusts. I have been sailing it in winds up to 42 knots and felt completely safe. The visibility is very good and one has several positions which are comfortable to steer in. The canvas sprayhood gives good protection at heavy seas, going downwind I often fold it forward improving the good visibility further. In really nasty wind one can stand all the way in the back and the spray from the waves will hit you around mid body.
The hull is very well proportioned I am really fond of how high the bow is. It is the same height as many modern 36 feet yachts. This makes it very dry in high seas. It also has a sharp bow, cutting the waves very well, giving it a very pleasant feel in both long waves and short choppy waves as we have in the archipelago. There are good line plans of the yacht in Ingrid Kajser's beautiful book "Vackra båtar seglar väl!", Sjöhistoriska Museet, 1999. Page 204. There is also some anecdotes on pages 90 and 91 in the same book. The laminate is thick almost 20mm atleast where I have been able to investigate and the quality of lamination is really good. I should know having laminated model boats for many years and then one gets very sensitive to clutter with polyester which does not add strenght only weight.
Deck and Fittings
The teak deck is about 12-15mm thick and very well made, no strange gaps due to wood expansion or shrinking. The grip is very good. The layout of the fittings is very simple and straight forward. All lines run to the cockpit except reefing lines. I have upgraded some of the fittings to Harken as the original started to get old, particularely the jib pulleys. It is easy to walk on the deck at sea, there is a solid hand rail to hold on and the stansions are sturdy. In harbour it is easy to pass the stays on the inside.
The mast is free standing and supported with top shrouds and lower shrouds and a single pair of spreaders. I feel that the hull is stiff enough to tighten the shrouds tight enough to not have any slack at leward when beating.
Engine & Heating
The engine is a Volvo-Penta 2002, an 18Bph engine giving you good push even at high seas. The cruising speed is about 6.2-6.4 knots with modest engine sound. I am especially impressed with the access to the engine. The engine room is so big that I can fit into it. I decided to install the new heater the Webasto 3500 in the engine room to ensure that operation would be silent. I cannot hear the heater in the saloon, only the sound of warm air flowing into the cabin. Since the heater has alot to offer, I decided to make an extra outlet in the hanging locker behind to toilet bowl. This gives wonderfully dry clotes and even warm clotes on a chilly day.
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Posted by: Abdul Rauf at Mar 10, 2005 10:55:08 PM
Nice to read your comment on the HR 29. I've owned mine for the last 10 years now and must say that she has allways taken good care of me, also in conditions that really scared me at first. My Rassy 29 is one of the few with a self-tacking jib. I have two different sails that can be carried on the self tacking track. It works wonderfull in anything from bft. 4 especially on the wind.
On two of your comments I do not completely agree:
I don't find the rassy 29 slow, I can regularly sail(al lot) faster than 6 knots.
The other is that I don't find the quality of the teak deck matching the overall quality of the ship: renewing the seams of the deck was really necessary as they were lying loose in the grooves, and after that the screws in the deck were positioned so that the teak props came out after carefull sanding.
I plan to keep my Rosita as I regularly sail alone and have therefore no need or use for anything bigger.
Posted by: H.C.Goedhart at Oct 3, 2005 4:57:45 PM
Thank you very much for your interesting notes. I sail a Ghibli 22 and looking for a HR 29 which may is the best boat in looking, safety, speed, comfort, value and ease of use.
Posted by: Sven Torner at Oct 23, 2005 2:40:52 PM
Hello! Nice story about the younglady HR29!
I have one (nr431) and I also am very luckey with this boat. I just saild from Holland to France and England with my two boys.
Also she is compatative by other Hallberg Rassy's. Once second place (11 sec. difference) at the Hallberg Rassy Regatta in Holland. I have some new North sails and can exelent trim the boat.
And ofcorse she is a "longkieler" very nice by strong wind (4-5 bft).
I will keep her as long as posseble!
You can see her on my fotoblog:
Goodbey and sail wel!
Posted by: Klaas Boonstra at Aug 15, 2008 6:00:00 PM
Thank you for interesting notes on the HR29. I have one from 1982 with new engine and new sails. i plan some long distanse cruising. trans atlantic.Do you know of any HR29 who has circum navigatet or crossed the atlantic?
Posted by: Per Prøitz at Feb 19, 2009 3:25:47 PM
I have a HR 29 from 1982, number 100. Very good condition.
Does anyone have any heavy weather experiences in a HR29 they can share? In particular if they have used a drogue or a parachute and if so which size/make and what was their experience?
What is she like heaving to? What amount of sail and angle to the wind?
Posted by: Ken at Oct 26, 2009 9:46:44 AM
In particular if they have used a drogue or a parachute and if so which size/make and what was their experience?
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