Traditionally we are used to comparing boats with hull length in feet. But much more relevant is the waterline length. The new 50 has a waterline that is as much as 50 cm / 1’ 8’’ longer than on the Hallberg-Rassy 55. Longer waterline gives better sailing performance with longer average day runs and at the same time more interior volume, comfort and storage under deck. The width is 33 cm larger at the widest point and an incredible 1.08 m wider than the 55 on the transom. That further enhances interior volume and storage.
The modern and most efficient hull shape gives superior sailing performance. At the same time, the forward under water part of the hull is rounded, almost like an egg, and this means soft motion in a seaway at any angle of heel. The displacement of the hull is designed to carry all modern comfort equipment and lots of personal belongings, as well as generous tank capacity.
Typical Hallberg-Rassy, the cockpit is very well sheltered with high all-round coamings and a soft top or hard top windscreen with tempered glass, opening mid section and handholds at the sides. This is the ideal cockpit solution for both hot and cold areas. There is good all-round visibility. With twin wheels, there is both lots of space for displays and buttons and an easy passage from the helm position and forward. There is an optional big fixed high gloss varnished teak table with drop leas.
The rig is modern and easy to handle. It is even possible to fly an inner removable heavy weather sail with no runners. The foresail is only slightly overlapping, making tacking easy. There is also an option for a self tacking jib arrangement. Seldén electric furling for both in-mast and headsail, as well as electric sheet winches are fitted as standard. The main is designed to carry an Elvström FatFurl modern in-mast furling sail with Epex membrane, with roach, vertical battens and headboard. The top shrouds and lowers are to separate chain plates, a Hallberg-Rassy invention, which makes passage on deck easy, and arranges for easy sheeting of the headsail. The spreader base gets wide and stable in that way too. The deck plan is clean and uncluttered.
The deck storage is generous. There is not only an enormous deck locker between the forward cabin and the chain locker, there are also two top opening deck lockers aft, one locker in the cockpit and good storage for fenders and ropes also above the chain locker.
The steering system has twin rudders, superior both in terms control when sailing, as well as pleasant vibration free motoring and also from a safety perspective.
The interior sole is in one level throughout the boat. This gives easy movement both at sea and at anchor or in a marina.
The interior has lots of natural light and indirect led lights as well. There is good ventilation. The layout is generous and roomy, with lots of elbow space. The storage facilities are generous too. The sturdy woodwork has the well renowned Hallberg-Rassy finish.
The sail away standard equipment list is very extensive, including for example electric in-mast furling and electric headsail furler, sails, teak deck, retractable bow thruster from Sleipner Side-Power, a 12 kW generator, a 110 HP main engine, electric cooking, fridge and freezer, launching and rigging at the yard, antifouling fenders, mooring lines and a lot more.
There is a large walk-in engine room. Easy access, easy maintenance and careful sound insulation covered by aluminium linings. There is access from a big door on the port side, as well as a lifting stair in front and a removable panel in the aft end of the engine room. Furthermore, the floor in the cockpit is bolted and removable. In the engine room the technical equipment is found: a powerful common rail main engine, the generator with sound shield, pumps, filters, double heaters, AquaDrive flexible coupling to take up the loads from the engine shaft and further lower vibrations and noise. The engine room lighting is 24 v, and there is also a powerful optional 230 v led light. The Mastervolt Combi Pro charger/inverter automatically and quickly changes between shore power and inverter, depending on what is available.
The all-new Hallberg-Rassy 50 will be in production at Scandinavia’s largest sailboat show, Open Yard / Öppet Varv, 21-23 August 2020 in Ellös, island Orust, and a fully finished boat will be on display at the world’s largest boat show, boot Düsseldorf, January 2021.
|Designer||Germán Frers Naval Architecture|
|CE category||A - Unlimited ocean voyages|
|Hull length||15.23 m / 50’ 0”|
|Maximum length||16.34 m / 53’ 7’’|
|Waterline at rest||14.80 m / 48’ 7’’|
|Beam without rubrail||5.00 m / 16’ 5”|
|Beam with rubraill||5.02 m / 16’ 6”|
|Draft, empty standard boat||2.35 m* / 7’ 8 1/2” *|
|Displacement, empty standard boat||21 t / 46 300 lbs|
|*= Also available as a shallow draft version|
|Keel weight||7.15 t / 15 800 lbs|
|Keel type||lead on deep bilge|
|Sail area with genoajib||136 m² / 1 460 ft²|
|Sail area, optimized main and genoajib||151 m² / 1 651 ft²|
|Air draft, ex Windex||24.9 m / 81’ 8’’|
|Power at crank shaft||81 kW / 110 HP|
|Transmission||Hydraulic with shaft|
|Diesel||1000 l / 264 US gallon|
|Fresh water||800 l /211 US gallon|