QUOTES FROM YACHTING MONTHLY MAGAZINE
Yachting Monthly, March 2010 issue, in their 24 hour test of the Hallberg-Rassy 310 says:
Hallberg-Rassy is leading, not following
After 24 hours of barnstorming sailing in winds of up to 40 knots, finally the 310 behaves like a lady. She felt gloriously responsive, easily controlled and well weighted. Main and jib were easily managed, which is quite something in our test conditions. Finding the right balance was simple and we were able to make any tweaks from the cockpit.
The saloon is huge, with amazing light and ventilation. Two hatches and four large, opening sideports bathe the interior with light and air. There are thoughtful details like the small pressurized water reservoir so the pump doesn’t fire up at the slightest twitch of the tap.
She is a good looking boat. The sheerline sweeps gracefully up to the bow, improving volume below the foredeck and softening the look of the coachroof. Coamings and windscreens enclose the cockpit, creating a secure feeling and keeping you dry. Above the huge cockpit locker to starboard, there’s another simple idea we liked – the nav light switches are built into the coaming, beside the autopilot and engine controls. You don’t have to yell below to get them turned on. Had we needed to move forward, there’s an excellent handrail on the side screen, handrails running the length of the coachroof and deep, teak-capped toerails. We also liked the bronze scupper drains that empty any shipped water below the boot top to prevent streaky topsides. Moving forward, between the cap shrouds outboard and the genoa tracks and lower shrouds inboard, is simple and secure.
She’s quick, pretty and the space below is remarkable in a yacht of this size. Construction is up to the standards you would expect of Hallberg-Rassy
This is a hugely entertaining yacht – fast and fun, spirited but secure, comfortable and capacious, impeccably built and, because of the name, sure to hold her value.
Read the full report in the March 2010 issue of Yachting Monthly.