The Hallberg-Rassy 46 Sailboat
Specs & Key Performance Indicators

The Hallberg-Rassy 46, a centre-cockpit cutter, was designed by German Frers and built in Sweden by Hallberg-Rassy.

'Lykke', a Hallberg Rassey 46 sailboat moored in Les Saintes, GuadeloupeA Hallberg Rassey 46

Published Specification for the Hallberg-Rassy 46

Underwater Configuration: Fin keel & skeg-hung rudder

Hull Material: GRP (Fibreglass)

Length Overall: 46'3" (14.1m)

Waterline Length: 38'0" (11.6m)

Beam: 14'2" (4.3m)

Draft: 6'2" (1.9m)

Rig Type: Cutter

Displacement: 32,264lb (15,995kg)

Designer: German Frers

Builder: Hallberg-Rassy (Sweden)

Year First Built: 1989

Year Last Built: 2005

Number Built: 134

Owners Association: Hallberg-Rassey Owners Association

Published Design Ratios for the Hallberg-Rassy 46

1. Sail Area/Displacement Ratio: 15.8

  • Less than 16 would be considered under-powered;
  • 16 to 20 would indicate reasonably good performance;
  • Over 20 suggests relatively high performance.

2. Ballast/Displacement Ratio: 40

  • Under 40: less stiff, less powerful
  • Over 40: stiffer, more powerful

3. Displacement/Length Ratio: 273

  • Under 100: Ultralight
  • 100 to 200: Light
  • 200 to 275: Moderate
  • 275 to 350: Heavy
  • Over 350: Ultraheavy

4. Comfort Ratio: 39.0

  • Under 20 indicates a lightweight racing boat
  • 20 to 30 indicates a coastal cruiser
  • 30 to 40 indicates a moderate offshore cruising boat
  • 40 to 50 indicates a heavy offshore boat
  • Over 50 indicates an extremely heavy offshore boat

5. Capsize Screening Formula: 1.7

  • Under 2.0 (the lower the better): Better suited for ocean passages
  • Over 2.0: Less suited for ocean passages

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Summary Analysis of the Design Ratios for the Hallberg-Rassy 46

1. A Sail Area/Displacement Ratio of 15.8 suggests that the Hallberg-Rassy 46 will need a stiff breeze to get her going. In light conditions, unless you've got plenty of time on your hands, motor-sailing may be the way to go.

2. A Ballast/Displacement Ratio of 40.0 means that the Hallberg-Rassy 46 will initially stand up reasonably well to her canvas in a moderate breeze, but she'll need a reef in the main to avoid heeling excessively in a gust.

3. A Displacement/Length Ratio of 273, tells us the Hallberg-Rassy 46 is a moderate-to-heavy displacement cruiser, which means she'll carry all your cruising gear without it having a dramatic effect on her performance. Many of today's sailboats intended for long-distance cruising fall into this displacement category.

4. Ted Brewer's Comfort Ratio of 39.0 suggests that crew comfort of a Hallberg-Rassy 46 in a seaway is similar to what you would associate with the motion of a moderate bluewater cruising boat - a predictable and acceptable motion for most seasoned sailors.

5. The Capsize Screening Formula (CSF) of 1.7 tells us that a Hallberg-Rassy 46 would be a safer choice of sailboat for an ocean passage than one with a CSF of more than 2.0. 

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