The Hallberg-Rassy 53 was built for fifteen years between 1992 and 2006 in 88 units. This yacht with graceful elegance offers lots of elbow space and room for comfort equipment. At the time she was introduced, in 1992, she was the largest boat ever built by the yard.
COMMENTS BY HER DESIGNER
Comment by the designer, Germán Frers: "The Hallberg-Rassy 53 is designed with the cruising connoisseur very much in mind. She follows closely the tradition and philosophy behind my earlier Hallberg-Rassy designs. The hull shape was developed following the significant lessons learned from the intense research program carried out by our design office for the America's Cup.
Racing they say improves the breed. This is certainly the case with the 53 which, though not designed with competition in mind, benefits, particularly when sailing upwind from testing we carried out on keel and rudder shapes.
Her moderate displacement is in line with the yacht's strong construction and high level of equipment carried on board. Sail area too is generous, and coupled with the excellent stability gained from the 53´s special bulb keel, performs well, even in light winds.
The overhangs are rather generous for her type and contribute to give the yacht an aspect of graceful elegance which will be maintained regardless of the passage of time."
WELL PERFORMING BLUE WATER CRUISER
The Hallberg-Rassy 53 is not only a comfortable and well built long distance cruiser. She also performs well. Peter Harrison's 53 "Russe Noir" won her class in the ARC. Peter Harrison is the man who brought back England to America's Cup.
The American Hallberg-Rassy 53 "Solstice" owned by Bernie Jakits and Kate Christensen won the Bermuda Cup.
FACELIFT IN 2004
In 2004 the Hallberg-Rassy 53 became a face lift. For example she got a new transom with a new bathing platform and a new triple spreader rig.
We quote the magazine Yacht Premiere:
"Designed by Germán Frers, it combines modern styling and a performance hull but still retains that timeless elegance that is the hallmark of the range, while down below it provides the space and comfort of a luxury floating home. The interior is finished in glowing rich red mahogany, again a Hallberg-Rassy trademark, one of which they are justly proud. Satin finished, smooth, rounded, warm to the touch and soothing to the eye, the interiors of these boats are superb. The layout is designed to allow unimpeded access from bow to stern, in a smooth line with no obstructions. The saloon table has superbly radiussed fiddles that fades away in the corners. The engine room is a full-height, walk-in compartment, with ample room to work around the six-cylinder engine. Also in here is the generator, with room for a water-maker if required, and easy access to all systems. Perforated aluminium linings cover the sound insulation, adding to the high quality feel of the installation."
Yachting World, February 1994 sum up like this: "Overall the Hallberg-Rassy 53 is a genuine go-anywhere boat which could be lived on for extended periods of time permanently. With these purposes in mind, she is a difficult boat to beat."
HALLBERG-RASSY 53 DATA SHEET
|CE category||A - Unlimited ocean voyages|
|Hull length||16.44 m / 53' 11"|
|Waterline at rest||13.35 m / 43' 10"|
|Beam||4.64 m / 15' 3"|
|Draft, empty standard boat *||2.29 m / 7' 6"|
|Displacement, empty standard boat||23 tons / 50 706 lbs|
|Keel weight||9 000 kg / 19 840 lbs|
|Keel type||Bulbed lead keel on deep bilge|
|Headroom saloon||2.04 m|
|* Also available as a 30 cm more shallow draft version|
|Sail area with jib||131 m² / 1 410 sq ft|
|Sail area with genoa||148 m² / 1 593 sq ft|
|Air draft, ex Windex||22.4 m / 73' 6'|
|Engine||Volvo Penta TAMD41 B HD|
|Power at crank shaft||TAMD 41: 107 kW / 145 HP. D3: 81 kW / 110 HP|
|Diesel tank||850 litres / 225 US gallon|
|Fresh water tanks||1020 litres / 270 US gallon|
|Sail measures||P= 18.4 m E=6.3 m I=20.8 m J=6.1 m|
|Always verify measurements on the boat directly|