When the Hallberg-Rassy 44 was introduced, it was a bold step forward in terms of both interior comfort, sailing performance and looks. The new 40C is as good when it comes to saloon, aft cabin and galley. Combined with a cockpit that has exactly the same measurements as on the 44, and promises fantastic sailing performance.
Hallberg-Rassy claims there are two galley choices: “Large or enormous”. With the option of the enormous galley, you get both increased work top area, increased galley storage and an additional, front opening, fridge. With this galley, it is also possible to add a dish washer and a micro wave. If you go for the second large galley, you get increased cockpit locker space. Both galleys are seagoing and do not interfere with the passage through to the aft cabin.
Also in the aft cabin there are two different options: Standard is two separate berths, of which one is double and one single. In-between there is a comfortable seat. As an option there is a wide centre line berth available, with settee to port and make up table to starboard. This version can also easily be combined with a stern thruster, which makes it possible to push the boat on to the dock, even if the wind is pushing the boat in the opposite direction. In both aft cabin versions there are two well sized aft deck lockers.
The interior is available in either traditional African khaya mahogany or bright European oak. In both cases the grain is horizontal. As an option, retractable entrance washboards on gas springs are available.
The interior has a lot of volume and is bright and airy. Here there are large portlights for generous natural light. There are also lots of indirect led lights, many ventilation facilities and the interior is spacious and roomy. There are six hull portlights, of larger size than the 412 and 40 Mk II and of the same size as on the 64, 57 and 44.
The bow is upright for long sailing waterline and top sailing performance, with an integral and elegant bowsprit for a light wind sail, anchoring and a bow ladder. Also the transom is upright and very full. This gives lots of living space, huge storage and a long sailing waterline. The boat has twin rudders for full sailing control and safety. There are typical Hallberg-Rassy features, such as a very well sheltered cockpit, an integral and protective rub rail, and a heavy lead keel with low centre of gravity on a deep bilge for tough conditions. The boat also features a proper bulwark with a teak toe rail so that rain water is drained below the water line, to avoid staining the hull.
The rig is modern and easy to handle. There are no runners needed, not even with an inner hard wind sail.
The headsail is only slightly overlapping, which makes tacking very easy. There is also an option for a selftacking jib. The jib furler has an under deck drum. On the bowsprit a light wind sail may be used. The top shrouds and the lowers are separated on the deck, making it easy for a passage on deck, easy to sheet the headsail, and providing a wide and stable base for the mast. The boat has a powerful backstay tackle with 1: 48 purchase as standard, that makes it easy both to increase and decrease backstay tension.
The all-new Hallberg-Rassy 40C will have its world premiere at Boot Düsseldorf, 18-26 January 2020 and there will be pre-premiere for the first boat under construction at Scandinavia’s largest sailboat show, Open Yard in Ellös on island Orust, 23-25 August 2019.