1990 the almost revolutionary Hallberg-Rassy 34 was launched. The concept was a new Frers designed model with greatly improved performance compared to earlier production Hallberg-Rassys and a look that can be described so contradictory as younger, yet classic at the same time. This should be done without sacrificing all the good old Hallberg-Rassy qualities such as sturdiness, seaworthiness, comfort, safety, and fine wood-work. This concept came reality in every aspect and the 34 came to be a commercial success and a forerunner for a whole new generation Hallberg-Rassys. 484 units were built during the sixteen years the boat was in production 1990 - 2005.


Hallberg-Rassy 34 with her efficient keel and sturdy fractional rig shows sailing characteristics that should not be possible for a fine cruising boat like this. She has won many races, although she at the same time offers great comfort for cruising long distances.


The vast 2.24 m aft cockpit is well protected from the sea by the Hallberg-Rassy typical wind screen. All halyards and reefing lines are controlled from the cockpit.


Quote from the Swedish yachting magazine Båtnytt:

"The carpentry is excellent with well-made laminated wood edgings and counters, fine doors and louvered cupboard fronts. Also the choice of material - light, smooth mahogany - scores points. The engine installation has good air intake and is well sound insulated. The maneuvering ability is excellent, as well as the sailing qualities. Hallberg-Rassy 34 has the touch of a racing boat, heels, speeds up with a comfortable weather helm and has a good response on trimming. A splendid boat for modern cruising sailors."

Svenska Dagbladet, Sweden, May 6th, 2000:
"Characters of world class. Passionate sailors will be happy with the Hallberg-Rassy 34. The boat makes good speed in light breeze, has power in its movements, sails with a pleasant pressure on the rudder and is very well balanced. The best sides of the Hallberg-Rassy 34 will be found in very bad conditions. With almost 40% of the weight in the keel the boat has a low centre of gravity and is extremely stiff. The boat has well known quality, very good second hand value, a performance, which is hard to beat, and lovely craftsmanshift. However her lines are the best. In a beauty contest she would win. The best 34 footer in the world is also the most beautiful. Personally I would not hesitate. I would be pleased to put myself into the waiting list for the Hallberg-Rassy 34."

Segling, Sweden, No 3 2000 about the Hallberg-Rassy 34:
"A wonderful sailing boat with a good piece of workmanship, a boat with feeling, character and capacity. Stiff, fast, nice to sail and a wonderful behaviour in the sea. She costs a lot of money, but has low depreciation and is therefore especially worth buying." 


The Hallberg-Rassy 34 has been improved a lot, step by step, during the sixteen (!) years she was in production. To see what has been improved, please follow this link. In 2005 the Hallberg-Rassy 34 was replaced by the completely new design Hallberg-Rassy 342.

Hallberg-Rassy 34 Data Sheet

Designer Germán Frers, Argentina
CE category A - Unlimited ocean voyages
Hull length 10.28 m / 33' 9"
Waterline at rest 8.69 m / 28'6''
Beam 3.42 m / 11' 3"
Draft, empty standard boat 1.85 m / 6' 1" *
Displacement, empty standard boat 5 300 kg / 11 684 lbs
Keel weight 2 100 kg / 4 630 lbs
* = Also available as a 25 cm more shallow draft version
Keel type lead on deep bilge
Sail area with jib 55 m² / 592 sq ft
Sail area with genoa 62 m² / 667 sq ft
Air draft, ex Windex 15.5 m
Engine Volvo Penta 2003, later 2030
Power at crank shaft 21 kW / 29 HP
Diesel tank 155 litres / 41 US gallon
Fresh water tanks 255 litres / 67 1/2 US gallon
Transport height with windscreen, without pulpit 3.77 m / 12' 5"