The Hallberg-Rassy 94 Sailboat

The Hallberg-Rassy 94, a long-keeled sloop, was designed by Olle Enderlein & Christoph Rassy and built in Sweden by Hallberg-Rassy.

A Hallberg-Rassy 94 sailboat at anchorA Hallberg-Rassy 94 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

Builder: Hallberg-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

  • 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: 34.6

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

3. Displacement/Length Ratio: 231

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

4. Comfort Ratio: 26.2

  • 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: 1.9

  • 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 94

1. A Sail Area/Displacement Ratio of just 11.2 suggests that the Hallberg-Rassy 94 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 34.6 means that unless the bulk of the ballast is concentrated in a bulb at the foot of her keel, the Hallberg-Rassy 94 will have a tendency to heel excessively in a gust, and she'll need to be reefed early to keep her sailing upright in a moderate breeze. 

3. A Displacement/Length Ratio of 231, tells us the Hallberg-Rassy 94 is a moderate displacement cruiser, which means she'll carry all your cruising gear without it having a dramatic effect on her performance. Most of today's sailboats intended for offshore cruising fall into this displacement category.

4. Ted Brewer's Comfort Ratio of 26.2 suggests that crew comfort of a Hallberg-Rassy 94 in a seaway is similar to what you would associate with the motion of a coastal cruiser with moderate stability, which is not encouraging news for anyone prone to seasickness. 

5. The Capsize Screening Formula (CSF) of 1.9 tells us that a Hallberg-Rassy 94 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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