The largest aft cockpit yacht ever built from the Hallberg-Rassy HR 412 is modern, technically sophisticated and elegant.
Test drive Hallberg-Rassy HR 412
Hallberg-Rassy is Hallberg-Rassy. This line is from a poem Gertrude Stein confirms the quality of the yachts HallbergRassy: for decades boats from Orusta (Sweden) confirm the high quality of construction, comfort and good sailing characteristics, and by now have become the hallmark of high-class yachts.
New yacht HR 412 combines everything you would expect from Hallberg-Rassy - it is elegant in its lines, has an exceptionally beautiful deck bevel, not too sporty, but comfortable, safe, durable and built to the highest class.
- Riviera: Sweden West Coast
- Test conditions: wind of 4-5 points on the Beaufort scale, no waves
- Concept: first class cruising yacht
- Price: ready to sail from EUR 483,522, test boat with equipment worth about EUR 113,000
Our test boat (tail number 1 Rassker) is used by the shipyard as a demonstration yacht, so it is equipped with almost every possible equipment and features every conceivable modern convenience, including winches that no longer need to be turned by yourself. More on this later. Optional equipment Rassker is about a quarter of the base price. Shipyard director Magnus Russi shows on his demonstration yacht everything that is possible today from the point of view of "push-button" yachting.
As soon as the mooring lines are released, the first technical improvements come into play, for example, retractable bow and stern thrusters. Normally you would need to pull back and forth, but in our case it is enough to make a few fairly soft and quiet movements with the bow thruster.
4-cylinder diesel engine Volvo Penta power of 75 horsepower allows the 12-meter yacht weighing 11 tons to instantly develop a cruising speed of eight knots. After only five minutes, we entered a fairly large open area and were able to set the sails. There are buttons on the steering wheel on the control panel, with the help of which the roller mechanisms are activated, which in turn activate the movement of the staysail and the mainsail - this is another technical option on the list of possible ones. Through this control point, it is possible to coordinate the operation of all relevant sailing, motoring and entertainment functions: the system Furlex, anchor winch, etched chain length counter, jib winch, plotter, autopilot, horn, navigation lights, remote control for stereo installation, iPodCheck, engine control.
Thanks to the swirling grotto HR 412 sail companies Elvstrоm Sails managed to get into the top ten. The sail has a slightly flared top and is equipped with five vertical battens. These two features provide a positive rounded leech and intelligently structured profiling. Thanks to the design Fat furl it seems that the yacht HR 412 can exhaust its speed potential with a wind force of 4 points. She shows good results in all courses. The maximum speed during the day is 9.2 knots. We saw the speed readings on the display after we left Lysekil behind and plunged into the wind 40 degrees on the Gulfwind course.
During the discussion Magnus Russi promised that the staysail on its own, without the direct participation of the team, would move from one side to the other - i.e. the presence of anyone on the sheets is absolutely unnecessary. As part of testing, we performed several overstag turns in a row. We never had any problems with the staysail, never once did we have to correct the position of the sheets - and this all became possible thanks to the electric winches from Lewmarthat scroll both forward and backward.
They work not only in two directions, but also synchronously. Each winch is controlled by three different electrical buttons. If you need to turn from starboard to left, you just need to press the button with the inscription "SB out / Port in"... Then the winch on the port side pulls up the sheet, and at this time the winch on the starboard side corrodes the sheet accordingly. On the next turn, the button is activated. "Port out / SB in"... Pressing the third button with the inscription “all out” releases all sheets - it is activated if necessary to remove the staysail. However, the principle of synchronized winches only functions when the sheets are under tension.
So, there are no problems with cruising, however, if you go on the backstay course, where you need to control the position of the sheet from the leeward side, you must constantly pull up the weakening sheet from the windward side before making a turn. According to Magnus Rassi, this requires a little practice before reaching the mastery of hitting buttons “blindly”. Once you understand how the push-button sail and sheet control system works, yachting becomes an addictive game with easy rules.
I enjoy sailing alone. Using the chartplotter on the control column, I zoomed in on my entry into the fjord. As an alternative to this plotter, I could use a map located near the stairs without changing my position.
The wind increased to five on the Beaufort scale. The additional pressure is not felt on board the HR 412, although the yacht has heeled a few degrees more, there is no pressure on the rudder, despite the fully open mainsail and genoa. In my personal opinion, the Rassker rolls slightly more upwind. As it turns out later, the roll upwind is the result of deliberate balancing of the spars and rigging. With the helmsman in the person of Magnus Rassi, Rassker won the prestigious regatta in its start group in 2012 Tjоrn Runt.
My favorite thing is to be at the helm. On Rassker it would be nice to have a footrest because the HR 412 has a lot of heels when the wind is 5 on the Beaufort scale. A roll angle of 20 degrees is not uncommon. It is impossible to steer a boat from a high side, which, in principle, is not reproached, but nevertheless, on board the Hallberg-Rassy yacht, you want to go comfortably and dry.
The cockpit has plenty of room for four people, and even six of us feel comfortable here. Passage areas on the right and left sides, as well as on the bow of the yacht, are free of equipment - an ideal solution for those who love to sunbathe. Even the ducks were installed on the coaming. If water accidentally falls on the deck or it rains, the water immediately drains through the deck drainage system.
The sun is already setting. On the way back, I could afford to test the yacht on the backstay (average 8 knots) and fordewind courses and sail at a speed of up to 6.9 knots. I already easily manage to adjust the position of the sails using the buttons. Presumably, winches should work on board, but they are hidden somewhere under the deck.
Particular situation: The hatch in the toilet is made of milk glass
Plenty of space: The bow of the deck is free of halyards and also due to the fact that the winch is built into the anchor box (optional)
Clean surfaces: The halyards are collected in separate drawers built into the coamings
Central control point: The panel (option) contains all the wires from the iPod to the engine
- Protected: abandoning the typical Rassy middle cockpit; ready to sail
- Exactly: Opinions differ on window aesthetics
- Traction: The Fat Furl system gives the curling mainsail more space and power
- Significantly: Hallberg-Rassy yacht hulls have not previously seen built-in windows
- Spacious deck: Even the ducks are hidden in the coamings
Test drive Hallberg-Rassy HR 412
That night, I was the only passenger on board and could choose my overnight stateroom from three options: the bow owner's cabin with a large shower and two aft cabins with double beds. I chose the aft cabin on the port side and laid out my things there. Refreshed with cool mineral water, I sat down comfortably in the cabin. On a hotter day, I would add a couple of ice cubes to my drink, but it was pretty chilly that night, so I didn't. When the temperature drops, it would even be possible to turn on the climate control system in heating mode.
But this did not have to be done due to the special design. HR 412... The hull and deck are classically handcrafted, with insulating foam above the waterline Divinycell against cold and heat. In addition, there are longitudinal beams between the kitchen and the bow, hidden behind the backs of the sofa and upholstery, providing stability in the area of the large window.
As I enjoy relaxing on the couch, my eyes explore the space as my gaze falls on the upholstery. To achieve a flat surface, you first need to do good work on the bottom panels, under which cables, wires and reinforcement amplifiers are hidden. A second covering is applied to these panels, on top of which the cladding is placed. A lot of effort guarantees a consistent result.
Board room 1 is also below deck equipped with all kinds of amenities, there is even a washing machine and a flat-screen TV. In order to have enough energy for all the instruments, the yacht is equipped with a three-block battery. The 720 Ah capacity should be enough to ensure a comfortable ride. Comfort and value are attributes that come to mind when I have to describe a new yacht Hallberg-Rassy 412 in a few words, this boat cannot be confused with any other.
- Solid: Matching wood patterns, surfaces covered with a matt lacquer finish. The salon is made of mahogany, but it is not dark
- Everything is in place: The kitchen has a lot of space for placing various things, you can additionally install an ice cube maker and a microwave.
- Hidden Fortification: Rigid longitudinal beams pass behind the bunks, which additionally strengthen the hull.
- Shower room: The small shower room has a washing machine as an option
- Nose part: Here is the yacht owner's kingdom with room for books, clothes and small items. For aft cabins there are two interior options to choose from
Test drive Hallberg-Rassy HR 412
Measured and tested:
- Design: Herman Frers
- Hull length: 12.61 m
- Max. length: 11.50 m
- Width: 4.11 m
- Draft: 1.99 m (versions with lower draft available on request)
- Displacement: 11.1 t
- Ballast (lead keel): 4.0 t
- Sailability with easy overlapping staysail: 90 m2
- With code Zero: 131 m2
- Mast height above water level: 19.65 m
- Engine: Volvo Penta D2 (75 HP)
- Fresh water supply: 530 l
- Fuel capacity: 340 l
- Price: 483522 Euro
- Main bulkhead: 1.90 m
- Salon: 1.92 - 2.05 m
- Owner's cabin: 1.90 m
- Aft cabins: 1.85 m
- Bathroom: 1.90 m
SIZE OF CABINS
- Owner's cabin: 2.10 m (length) x 0.70 m (width in the leg area) x 1.95 m (width in the head area)
- Aft cabins: 2.10 m (length) x 1.20 m (width in the leg area) x 1.50 m (width in the head area)
- Starboard sofa in saloon: 1.98 m (length) x 0.70 m (width)
- Sofa on the port side of the saloon: 1.98 m (length) x 0.90 m (width)
Important data for the evaluation of a yacht
SAILING RATIO: Yachts with a high wind ratio in strong winds can sail without a reef for longer due to their high ability to resist roll. The sail rating of HR 412 is 4.25 in the cruising yacht category. The coefficient for a regular cruiser is 4.2. A hard racing cruiser has a coefficient of 5.
Sail area 90 m²: Displacement 11.1 t = 4.25
BALLAST RATIO: 36%. With a ballast ratio of 36 percent, you can travel safely and comfortably. For cruising yachts of normal draft, the ballast ratio should not be less than 25 percent for seakeeping reasons.
LENGTH-WIDTH RATIO: 3,1 : 1
- The length-to-width ratio of 3: 1 indicates a balanced yacht.
- Racing yachts can reach ratios of up to 2.2: 1.
- Together with the ballast ratio this figure has a strong effect on the sailing capacity of a yacht and sailing upwind or downwind characteristics.
BODY SPEED: 8.24 knots maximum during testing: 8.9 knots at 90 degrees of sidewind and 4-5 Beaufort winds.
2.43 x 11.50 waterline length = 8.24 knots
Silke Springer talks about her trip aboard the Hallberg-Rassy 412: “Comfort, luxury, technical tricks”
Like her predecessors, HR 412 is a high quality comfortable luxury cruising yacht. She develops a convincingly high speed and withstands fairly strong gusts of wind before it becomes necessary to reef the sails. With its pronounced deck slope and upturned bow, it looks elegant and provides the ability to sail dry and comfortably.
Also, the shipyard uses a fairly strong structure for the construction of the yacht. To avoid tension, fashionable rectangular windows are built into the side walls of the case. In addition, an additional reinforcing longitudinal beam runs from the kitchen to the very nose. The boat is already at the shipyard equipped with a gunwale integrated into the hull plus quarterdecks and a strong windshield, the standard design includes, in addition to a spacious deck for walking, always with teak covering, a standard sailing wardrobe, a log, a lot and an anemometer, fenders, mooring lines and a filled diesel tank. Professional yachtsmen and all those who want to sail without exerting too much physical strength or traveling with a small crew will definitely find something for themselves in the extensive list of options: a Fat Furl type mainsail, staysail winches synchronously working in the forward and backward direction. , plotter at the helm, docking system with bow and stern rotor ...
The quality of the largest aft yacht in Hallberg-Rassy history is very high, as is the price. No wonder they say that Hallberg-Rassy is Hallberg-Rassy.
Test conducted by: Silke Springer