The rig has triple spreaders, which are only swept back three degrees resulting in extra stability. Furthermore, there is an option for jumpstay that gives additional stability when using a permanent hydraulic cutterstay. The permanent cutterstay gives freedom and comfort for ocean crossings.
Compared to the 54, the new 55 has as much as 30 cm longer cockpit. The helmsman's position is slightly elevated like on the 64. The superstructure of the 55 is lower in the forward end compared to the 54 and more elegant. As on the 64, there is no garage necessary for the sliding hatch. The top part of the side panel of the windscreen is slightly curved, as on the new 412. The steering pedestal allows space for an integrated 14 inch plotter.
Apart from all the comfortable push-button operation you are already used to on a Hallberg-Rassy, the 55 is offered with both bow- and stern thrusters as well as backwinding genoa sheet winches.
From Sailing magazine, USA, under the section "Perry on Design":
"I like this boat. It satisfies my well-honed aesthetic requirements. No surprise considering the design is by Germán Frers... Hallberg-Rassy is one of the only production builders left who I think build a true offshore cruising boat."
The whole boat is laid out for great comfort for a small crew, with a very bright and inviting interior. The interior is in one level throughout the boat.
There are always many Hallberg-Rassy yachts under construction. Please appoint a time for viewing at the yard in Ellös, Sweden. The yard is always worth a visit.
The engine room is really worth a chapter of its own. There is a large door and a walk-in engine room. It is carefully sound insulated and perforated aluminium plates also cover the insulation. In here all the technical equipment is found: low RPM main engine, low RPM generator with soundshield, double heaters, all pumps, filters, pressure equalizer for the fresh water system, AquaDrive flexible coupling for the engine shaft, high pressure pump for the watermaker, just to mention a few. All easy to maintain, all well sound insulated. The engine room lighting is 24 v, but there is also an optional 230 v fluorescent light, with power supply from either the shore connection or the inverter. The Mastervolt inverter automatically and quickly changes between shore power and inverter, depending on what is available.
The D4-180 engine hums pleasantly and it is evident that there is a very good torque even at 1100 RPMs. You can achieve 8 knots at 1400 RPM. Strongly contributing is the efficient optional three bladed, overdrive, Gori folding propeller.
The Hallberg-Rassy 55 has won the honourable title Sailboat of the Year 2014 in Sweden, Luxury category. The jury concludes about the 55: "Luxury blue water cruising at a new innovatory level".
The Hallberg-Rassy 55 has also been nominated to the European Yacht of the Year 2013/2014 in the category "Luxury cruiser". That means that the Hallberg-Rassy 55 has been ranked as one of the most interesting and promising newcomers of its class. The nominees for European Yacht of the Year award are selected by journalists from eleven European yachting magazines.
To see a 360 degrees virtual reality view of the Hallberg-Rassy 55 saloon, aft cabin, aft heads, supercabin, engine room and cockpit, please follow this link.
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|CE category||A - Unlimited ocean voyages|
|Hull length||16.68 m / 54' 9"|
|Waterline at rest||14.30 m / 46' 11"|
|Beam, measured without rubbing strake||4.69 m / 15' 5"|
|Beam, measured with rubbing strake||4.73 m / 15' 6"|
|Draft, empty standard boat||2.30 m * / 7' 6 1/2 " *|
|Displacement, empty standard boat||26.3 T / 58 000 lbs|
|Keel weight||9.75 T / 21 500 lbs|
|Keel type||lead on deep bilge|
|*= Also available as a shallow draft version|
|Sail area with jib||156.9 m² / 1 690 sq ft|
|Sail area with genoa||181.3 m² / 1 950 sq ft|
|Air draft, ex Windex||24.50 m / 80' 5"|
|Engine||Volvo Penta D4-180|
|Power at crank shaft||132 kW / 180 HP|
|Engine displacement||3.7 l|
|Max torque||500 Nm|
|Diesel tank||900 litres / 238 US gallon|
|Fresh water tanks||1 050 litres / 278 US gallon|