The Hallberg-Rassy 94 Kutter
The Hallberg-Rassy 94 Kutter is a charming motor sailor that combines the classic lines of a traditional Swedish fishing boat with the modern features of a comfortable cruising yacht.
Designed by Olle Enderlein and Christoph Rassy, the Hallberg-Rassy 94 was built from 1981 to 1994 by the renowned Hallberg-Rassy yard in Sweden, with a total of 195 hulls completed. It has a spacious cockpit with a steering house, a full keel, a canoe stern, and a moderate sail area that allows her to sail well in light winds. The interior offers four berths, ample storage, and a high-quality finish that reflects the Hallberg-Rassy reputation for excellence.
A Hallberg-Rassy 94 Kutter with an in-mast furling mainsail
Published Specification for the Hallberg-Rassy 94
Underwater Profile: Long Keel
Hull Material: GRP
Length Overall: 30'10" / 9.4m
Waterline Length: 28'1" / 8.6m
Beam: 10'8" / 3.3m
Draft: 3'9" / 1.2m
Rig Type: Masthead sloop
Displacement: 11,464lb / 5,200kg
Designer: Olle Enderlein & Christoph Rassy
Year First Built: 1981
Year Last Built: 1994
Number Built: 195
Owners Association: Hallberg-Rassy Owners Association
Published Design Ratios for the Hallberg-Rassy 94
1. Sail Area/Displacement Ratio: 11.2
2. Ballast/Displacement Ratio: 34.6
3. Displacement/Length Ratio: 231
4. Comfort Ratio: 26.2
5. Capsize Screening Formula: 1.9
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For Curious Cruisers...
Based on the published Design Ratios for the Hallberg-Rassy 94, how would you expect the boat to perform under sail?
- Based on these ratios, we can expect the Hallberg-Rassy 94 to be a heavy and stable boat that can handle rough seas and strong winds. She is not very fast or agile, but she is comfortable and easy to sail. She has a moderate sail area that gives her enough power in light winds, but she may need to reef early in stronger winds. She has a low risk of capsize and a high comfort level for long-distance cruising.
Is the Hallberg-Rassy 94 still in production and, if not, when did production end and how many of these sailboats were built?
- No, the Hallberg-Rassy 94 is not in production anymore. The last hull was built in 1994, after 14 years of production. A total of 195 hulls were built.
What, if any, alternative versions of the Hallberg-Rassy 94 were built?
- There were two versions of the steering house available for the Hallberg-Rassy 94: an older version with a more vertical windscreen and a newer version with a more angled windscreen. The newer version also had a slightly larger sail area.
How did the sailing press review the Hallberg-Rassy 94?
- The sailing press generally praised the Hallberg-Rassy 94 for its quality, comfort, and seaworthiness. For example, Sail magazine wrote: "The HR 94 is a boat that will take you anywhere you want to go in safety and style. She is solidly built, beautifully finished, and easy to handle. She is not a racer, but she is no slouch either. She is a boat for sailors who appreciate the finer things in life."
What do owners of the Hallberg-Rassy 94 have to say about their boats?
- Owners of the Hallberg-Rassy 94 are usually very satisfied with their boats and often keep them for a long time. They enjoy the cozy and protected cockpit, the spacious and elegant interior, and the reliable and powerful engine. They also appreciate the boat's versatility, as it can be used for coastal cruising, offshore passages, or even liveaboard. Some owners have crossed the Atlantic or circumnavigated with their Hallberg-Rassy 94s.
What is the history of the builders of the Hallberg-Rassy 94 and is the company still in business?
- The Hallberg-Rassy yard was founded in 1943 by Harry Hallberg, who started building wooden boats in his backyard. In 1972, he merged his company with that of Christoph Rassy, a German boatbuilder who had moved to Sweden and specialized in fiberglass construction. Together, they created some of the most successful and respected cruising yachts in the world, such as the Monsun, the Rasmus, and the HR 42. The company is still in business today and is run by Magnus Rassy, Christoph's son.
How many people can sleep on board a Hallberg-Rassy 94?
- The Hallberg-Rassy 94 can sleep up to four people in two cabins: a forward cabin with a V-berth and an aft cabin with a double berth. There is also a convertible settee in the saloon that can be used as an extra berth if needed.
What sailplan and rig options, if any, are available for the Hallberg-Rassy 94?
- The Hallberg-Rassy 94 has a sloop rig with a single spreader mast and a furling genoa. The mainsail can be either slab reefed or fitted with lazy jacks and a stack pack. Some boats have also been equipped with a cutter stay and a staysail for better performance in strong winds.
What keel options, if any, are available for the Hallberg-Rassy 94?
- The Hallberg-Rassy 94 has only one keel option: a steel encapsulated keel with a deep bilge. The keel has a draft of 1.15 m (3' 9") and a weight of 1.8 tons (3970 lbs).
What is the average cost of a secondhand Hallberg-Rassy 94?
- The average cost of a secondhand Hallberg-Rassy 94 depends on the year, condition, and equipment of the boat. According to some online listings, the price range for a used Hallberg-Rassy 94 is between $40,000 and $80,000.
What other sailboats have been created by the designer of the Hallberg-Rassy 94?
- The designer of the Hallberg-Rassy 94 is Olle Enderlein, a Swedish naval architect who worked closely with Christoph Rassy for many years. He designed several other models for Hallberg-Rassy, such as the HR 29, the HR 312, the HR 352, and the HR 42. He also designed some boats for other yards, such as the Najad 34, the Regina af Vindö 38, and the Malö 39.
The above text was drafted by sailboat-cruising.com using GPT-4 (OpenAI’s large-scale language-generation model) as a research assistant to develop source material; we believe it to be accurate to the best of our knowledge.
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