Fast and easy Hallberg-Rassy 372Edward Green ▼ | Monday March 2, 2009 5:01PM ET
The aft cockpit HR 372 is in every aspect an all-new Frers design and is not based on the centre cockpit Hallberg-Rassy 37 and does not replace the HR 37.
The Hallberg-Rassy 372 is an aft-cockpit coastal sailor with blue water going capabilities. Compared to the Hallberg-Rassy 37, the 372 is only a few centimetres longer, is 5 cm wider and has a fuller transom. The canoe body is slightly shallower and the keel slightly deeper and lighter. The aft and mid sections of the hull are flatter and the bow section sharper. The sheer line is more pronounced. The yacht breathes graceful elegance.
The mast is 1.05 meters taller. The modern sail plan is made for easy handling, with its greater mainsail and only slightly overlapping genoajib. There is an option of self tacking jib.
A powerful backstay tensioner is fitted as standard. The rig has triple swept-back spreaders, the top shrouds go out to near the toe rail and the lowers are positioned to the superstructure for easy passage on deck. An optional gennaker is flown between the masthead and a removable bowsprit. Frers’ speed prediction diagram indicates that the new Hallberg-Rassy 372 will even be faster than the HR 40, which is recognized as a fast yacht.
The aft cockpit is generous and the leather covered steering is a large 132 cm. The steering is directly linked, for a precise sailing experience. Halyards are hidden under the coach roof and are handled by two winches on the cockpit coaming, not on the exterior chart tables. This solution makes it possible to achieve Hallberg-Rassy typical Push Button Sailing with optional electric halyard and control winches, without disturbing the interior, even with a traditional non-furling mainsail.
There are two big exterior chart tables in teak. It goes without saying that the cockpit is well protected by a windscreen that melts perfectly into the lines of the yacht.
There are five large deck hatches, all flush mounted so that the glass is in level with the coach roof. The opening deck hatches to the toilet room and the aft cabin are milk coloured, to allow light but no view into the cabin.
Below deck the interior is roomy and bright. There are two deck hatches in the saloon. All side port lights are opening and the same large size as on the HR 54. The galley is big, U shaped and seagoing. The galley worktop is in PlexiCor, a solid composite stone material. Both sofas in the saloon are a full two metres long.
The roomy head is equipped with a wet locker and has a separate shower with PlexiGlass doors. The forward cabin is extremely large and generous. The v berth is 210 cm long, 68 cm wide at the foot end and 202 cm in the aft end. There is a seat, two hanging lockers and two vanities in the forward cabin. The aft cabin also has a comfortable and unusually wide double berth.
The engine is a generously sized 42kW/55HP with an estimated range under engine of 845 nautical miles at 2/3 gas, 6 knots, with the optional Gori propeller with overdrive. Hallberg-Rassy 372 is quick, and easy to steer in all conditions. ■