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.
A 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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