THE MOST SOLD HALLBERG-RASSY OF ALL TIMES
The Monsun 31 was built from 1974 until 1982 and is the best seller of all time by Hallberg-Rassy with no less than 904 yachts delivered to all over the world. Scandinavia and Germany were the most frequent markets. She is a no-nonsense sturdy long distance sailor that has never been modern and will never go out of fashion.
THE FIRST GRP BOAT IN A MUSEUM
It is in fact not very surprising that the first GRP boat in a museum was a Hallberg-Rassy Monsun 31.
The Swedish sailor Kurt Björklund's Hallberg-Rassy 31 Monsun "Golden Lady" has after three and a half circumnavigations been retired into a museum. The Swedish sailor Kurt Björklund´s Hallberg-Rassy Monsun 31 "Golden Lady" has become an important attraction at a museum in Råå in southern Sweden. We at Hallberg-Rassy are of course very proud of this. Kurt Björklund is the first owner and took delivery of this boat here in Ellös 1974. Kurt knew that he wanted to do some serious sailing, but could never have imagined how far he would travel. In 1983 Kurt retired from work and went on his first solo circumnavigation. The second one included the rounding of Cape Horn.
There has never been made any special strengthening of Kurt's boat to coop with harsh weather conditions during the three and a half trips around the world. Kurt built a hard top to have an even better protected cockpit.
Kurt donated the boat to the Råå Museum. - I could have sold the boat for some SEK 300 000 But I could not stand the idea of not knowing where the boat was and how she was doing. I prefer scarifying the money and have peace in my mind, Kurt said.
Kurt lived between 1921 and 2006. In 1996 Kurt went ashore and gave up sailing. The reason was his health condition. He bought himself a small garden cottage at the water side. Do not even think for a moment that Kurt was interested in cultivating vegetables. Kurt wanted to sit and watch the yachts sailing by.
HALLBERG-RASSY MONSUN 31 DATA SHEET
|Designers||Olle Enderlein, Sweden|
|Hull length||9.36 m / 30' 9"|
|Waterline at rest||7.50 m / 24' 8"|
|Beam||2.87 m / 9' 5"|
|Draught, empty standard boat||1.40 m / 4' 7"|
|Displacement, empty standard boat||4.2 tons / 9 250 lbs|
|Keel weight||1.9 tons / 4 200 lbs|
|Keel type||Moulded in steel keel in deep GRP bilge pocket|
|Sail area with working jib||39 m² / 430 sq ft|
|Engine||Volvo Penta MD 11 C|
|Power||17 kW / 23 HP|
|Diesel tank||120 litres / 32 US gallon|
|Fresh water tank||160 litres / 43 US gallon|
|Transport height with windscreen||3.54 m / 11' 7"|
|Transport height without windscreen, to tallest part of GRP||3.17 m / 10' 5"|