48 MK I


The Hallberg-Rassy 48 is a Blue Water Cruiser with three double cabins plus a vast saloon. She offers great space for modern comfort aids. She was introduced 2004 as model year 2005 and 90 units are built until 2020. During 2004 until 2013 the Hallberg-Rassy 48 (Mk I) was built in 69 units and so far another 21 of the improved Hallberg-Rassy 48 Mk II has been built 2013-2020.

She offers a choice of linear galley or U-shaped galley, centre aft berth or two individual aft berths. Armchairs or sofa on port side in the saloon. Supercabin or two cabins with walkthrough forward of the mast. Mahogany or teak interior. Two heads and two separate showers with plexi glass doors. The cockpit is very well protected by a soft top or a hard top. This is a yacht that will realize your Blue Water Cruising dreams.



The Hallberg-Rassy 48 is based on the same winning concept the predecessor Hallberg-Rassy 46 has, but with fifteen more years of Frers’ and Hallberg-Rassy’s experience incorporated. The Hallberg-Rassy 48 is an all-over new design, starting with a blank sheet of paper.

The hull is just 21 cm longer but offers more living space inside, thanks to better use of the hull length. The waterline is no less than 135 cm longer. The sailing performance is all over up to date. Hull, rig, rudder and keel profiles include Frers latest experience.

With larger side windows, the interior is brighter. These also give greater window area and a better outer view. The aft cabin is wider and more generous. The berths are wider and longer and it is now possible to order a centre line berth with a seat on each side and a make up table to starboard.

The interior design is softened up with panel locker doors with rounded corners and profile milled frames. The lockers are well ventilated with special grids on top.

The straight sofa in the saloon is 14 cm longer. The galley is 6 cm longer. There is 53 cm more hanging locker length.

The V cabin berth is longer and 15 cm lower, to make it easier to enter the bed. The cabin between the V cabin and the saloon is 7 cm longer and more airy.

The aft cabin hatch is elegantly flush mounted. The cockpit is longer. The cockpit coaming is higher, giving improved protection. There is better seating comfort in the cockpit, due to the ergonomic angle of the backrest. The blue stripe around the cockpit is gelcoat. The genoa sheet winches are fitted so that friction is minimised due to eliminated footblocks. The winch base is extended to give one a useful step for entering the cockpit. If electric winches are ordered, these will not disturb the headroom as on the Hallberg-Rassy 46.


The engine is a state of the art Volvo Penta, an efficient 5 cylinder with common rail technology and 20 valves. The Volvo Penta D3-110 develops 81 kW/110 HP. Maximum torque is as much as 342 Nm at just 2000 RPM. That is the perfect engine for a displacement cruiser like this. You don't really use your horse power but you your torque, at low RPM. That is why you need a modern engine with high torque at low RPM. That gives comfortable power, low noise and low vibrations. That is comfort! Compared to its predecessor, the 46, the fuel tank capacity of the 48 is improved by as much as 140 litres to 800 litres. This modern engine combined with an overdrive propeller from Gori gives a range of 1 060 Nautical Miles, that's roughly from Hamburg in Germany to Iceland, motoring non-stop! That is what you need for a contemporary Blue Water Cruiser.


The standard equipment list is rather extensive. For example Speed, Depth and Wind instruments as well as two holding tanks are included in the Hallberg-Rassy 48. Items such as teak on deck and coachroof, electric windlass with Delta anchor and chain, twin heaters with insulated hoses, fridge compressor, antifouling, high gloss varnished teak table on steering pedestal, mainsail and furling jib, wind screen with tempered glass, and a lot more, are examples of the extensive standard equipment.


The Hallberg-Rassy 48 has been elected Boat of the Year in her category in the catalogue Yacht Trends 2006. Furthermore, Hallberg-Rassy 48 is nominated in the category Full-Size Cruiser in Cruising World's Boat of the Year award 2007.

All in all, the Hallberg-Rassy 48 improves a winning formula.


A new layout alternative is launched 2010. It has the Supercabin in front of the mast, and also the linear galley.


Furthermore, a new galley configuration is offered on port side with more worktop area and an additional fridge that is front opening. The linear galley also gives the opportunity to work two people in the galley simultaneously.


Most Hallberg-Rassy yachts are sailed by one or two couples. Only occasionally is there a need for a third cabin. With this in mind, Hallberg-Rassy have developed the Supercabin forward of the mast. That means the yacht has two high priority double cabins and one more two-berth cabin in the front for occasional use. Apart from the comfortable aft cabin there is now also a very generous cabin in front of the mast with a double berth and lots of elbow space. The V-cabin in front is still there and the actual berths are not smaller than they normally are but the hanging locker and the floor area of the V-cabin has been reduced in favour for the super cabin forward of the mast.


Also the alternative with the galley to starboard has its advantages. The one who works in the galley doesn't obstruct the natural flow through the boat, for example into the aft cabin. The person working in the galley has good contact with the people in the cockpit, as well as to the saloon. The lockers are wider than with the port side galley. You may safely open the lockers above the sinks one any tack.


The German magazine "Nautica" says:
"The Hallberg-Rassy 48 is probably the best Hallberg-Rassy ever built. And that's a lot."


Europe's largest sailing magazine "Yacht" says:
"The Hallberg-Rassy 48 is the new measure for Blue Water Cruisers"


“The most fantastic thing with this yacht is in my opinion the good feeling you get when you put your feet on the deck. The feeling is solid and safe. The many good details over and below deck gives you a confirmed impression of quality and good know-how within boat building."


“What a yacht! The Hallberg-Rassy 48 sets a higher standard regarding quality and finest workmanship within the segment for bigger cruisers. The yacht is not only beautiful to look at and easy to sail. It also offers easy handling on the oceans.”


“Respect, respect”


Designer Germán Frers
CE category A - Unlimited ocean voyages
Hull length 14.99 m / 49' 2"
Waterline at rest 13.25 m / 43' 5"
Beam 4.50 m / 14' 9"
Draft, empty standard boat * 2.35 m / 7' 8"
Displacement, empty standard boat 18.5 T / 40 700 lbs
Keel weight 7.75 t / 17 100 lbs
Keel type lead on deep bilge
Sail area with jib 123.4 m² / 1 328 sq ft
Sail area with genoa 138.9 m² / 1 495 sq ft
* Also available as a shallow draft version  
Air draft, ex Windex 21.75 m / 71' 4''
Headroom saloon 1.99 m / 6' 6''
Engine Volvo Penta D3-110
Cylinders 5
kW / HP at crank shaft 81 / 110
Max torque 342 Nm at 2000 RPM
Diesel tank 800 litres / 212 US gallon
Fresh water tanks 910 litres / 241 US gallon
Transport height without windscreen 4.78 m / 15' 9''
Transport height with windscreen 4.35 m / 14' 3''
Estimated GRT 27.99
Estimated NRT 25.19