The Hallberg-Rassy 46 was built in 132 units between 1995 and 2005. Production numbers were shared between the 45 and the 46, although there were different moulds. Hull numbers 1-69 plus Number 83 are Hallberg-Rassy 45s, and 70-202, except No 83, were Hallberg-Rassy 46s.



The Hallberg-Rassy 46 is based on the 45 but extensively upgraded. There are new plugs and moulds for both hull and deck. The hull of the 46  is 44 cm wider at the transom, fading out to zero at the widest point. The freeboard is 10 cm higher at the transom, fading out to zero at the stem. This gives more space below decks. The cockpit is upgraded on the 46, with more seating space, eventhough the length is the same. The 46 has a rubbing strake below the blue stripe on the hull, which is not the case with the 45. The genoa sheet system, the portlights, the windshileld and the aft deck lockers were improved. The number of opening portlights were upgraded from 8 to 13. The 46 was offered both with a deep draft and a shallow draft keel version, the 45 was only built with the shallow draft. The rudder design was renewed on the 46, and the steering system was upgraded from wire to rod links with cardan connection and progressive purchase. The steering pedestal top was improved on the 46, allowing space for more buttons and displays.

A seagoing galley
A seagoing galley


Also the interior layout is improved on the 46, particularly visible in the galley and the new forward layout with heads with separate hsower to sb, twin bunks cabin to port side and a separate passage to the v cabin in front, without having to walk through another cabin for access. The headroom in the saloon is improved from 1.94 to 1.98 m, the walk though to the aft cabin increased in headroom from 1.91 to 1.94, at the same it got 8 cm wider, the aft cabin headroom increased from 1.82 to 1.88, the aft heads from 1.76 to 1.91, the aft shower from 1.81 to 1.87 m.


Short-handed sailing is easy in this attractive Frers-designed cruiser. She is both a fairly good performer and seakindly. It is a boat made to go around the world or cruise local waters.


When she was introduced, the Hallberg-Rassy 46 won the Yacht of the Year award in the biggest category in the respected German magazine Yacht.


British Hallberg-Rassy 46 "Kathryn Del Fuego" won her category in the ARC 2019, coming first in class, first family yacht (children aged 6 and 8 on board), and 5th overall out of 122 yachts! The crew reports: More importantly she suffered no structural, mechanical nor electrical failures on the crossing. Not even any chaffing of the running rigging or sheets. In winds regularly Force 7-8 we sailed along easily with well a balanced rig. This gives me great confidence as we continue to Panama and beyond. Thank you for producing such a well designed and built yacht. Thank you, Russell, Kate, Hugo and Felix Hall.


We quote from Yacht, March 1996, Test-headline about the Hallberg-Rassy 46:
"Ein Schiff mit dem Zeug zum Klassiker" (A yacht with the genes to become a classic)


Yachting World, England, March 1996:
"....The armchairs must be about the most comfortable seats I have encountered on a yacht; after a longish day at the Boat Show it took some time to pry me away....Taking everything into consideration the Hallberg-Rassy 46 got my vote as the boat best-designed and equipped to sail long distances comfortably."


Yachting World, April 1996:
"Swedish builders Hallberg-Rassy have a global reputation when it comes to setting standards for blue water cruising......Apart from their good manners under sail and power, much of the yachts' reputation is based on the solid build and high quality standard specification - considered by many to be the cruising icon."


Designer Germán Frers, Argentina
CE category A - unlimited ocean voyages
Hull length 14.78 m / 48' 6"
Waterline at rest 11.90 m / 39' ½''
Beam 4.35 m / 14' 3"
Draft, empty standard boat * 1.88 m / 6' 2"
Displacement, empty standard boat 16 500 kg / 36 300 lbs
Mast over water, without antennas/Windex 19.5 m / 64'
* Also available as a deep draft version, 2.35 m unloaded  
Keel weight 6 600 kg / 14 550 lbs
Keel type Bulbed lead keel on deep bilge
Sail area with working jib 100 m² / 1 076 sq ft
Engine Volvo Penta TAMD31S
Power 74 kW / 100 HP
Number of cylinders 4
Diesel 660 litres / 175 US gallon
Fresh water 920 litres / 243 US gallon
Transport hight without windscreen 3.95 m