Our thoughts on a Blue Water Cruiser

What makes the Hallberg-Rassy 43 a good Cruising Boat?

For us it is following:

– Strong and reliable boat.

– Protected and comfortable Cockpit.  The best protection is a Hardtop as it increases the comfort in bad weather which makes you feel better.

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If you feel good you make better decisions.  Hardtop is an excellent sun protection in warmer climates.  Also try the ergonomics of the cockpit.  You need at least 30-40 cm height on the backrest in order to sit comfortable for eight hours.



– Good performance is safety as boat speed increases your chances to avoid bad weather.

– A boat that is balanced enough to be steered by the autopilot in all kind of  weather.  Important for a shorthanded crew.

– Electrical or hydraulic In-mast furling or “Push Button Sailing” keeps you in the cockpit most of the time.  In-mast furling also allows you to reef sailing downwind.

– A good size engine room with a strong and reliable engine.

– Lots of fuel and water capacity.

– Lots of under bunk storage capacity in the main saloon.

– Lots of lockers over the bunks in all cabins.

– Strong and rugged anchor system.

– A well-balanced charging system with enough  battery capacity.

– Good ventilation. Lots of opening ports are essential in warmer climates.

– Good supply of spare parts from the manufacturer.

– Nice looking Boat!  You can not really enjoy your boat if you and your friends think it is ugly.