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Home » Sailnet Boat Reviews » H - Boats starting with 'H' » Hallberg Rassy Rasmus

 
Hallberg Rassy Rasmus 35
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Description: Hallberg Rassy Rasmus 35
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Location: maryland
Posts: 1888
Review Date: Mon November 18, 1996 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Like you have heard, the Rasmus was built strong and performs well offshore. It is a simple boat, which helps it last so long. Full keel with lots of cutaway under the forefoot, rudder hung on keel, aft eadge of rudder even with transom. Strengths include excellence speed under sail or power (Volvo MD21A is a 70 horse engine), and it is very capable in bad weather offshore. Ten foot beam gives it a good range of positive stability. Weakness... old model, but likely to age well. Overall satisfaction: I'll not own another vessel, unless it is an HR352 (the next model).

Some people repower with smaller, high revving deisels. I think this is a mistake, because the strong Volvo, with its low compression, works in all conditions and lasts well. We gave ours a top overhaul after 20 years service, and it will likely go another 20 years. Maneuvers well around the dock, but requires some expertise (full keel).

Performs very well under sail. We find the most common mistake is to stall her when close hauled, but not hard on the wind, or on a beam reach. She wants to go, so you have to harden up to the apparent wind.

The Rasmus has so much bouyancy in the bow, she needs to be ballasted forward. Chain rode will do it; I store jerry cans of water under the vee-berth, dogged down tight.

We added a rub rail (use the full length of the cove stripe), hause holes forward and amidships, blocks under the stern cleats, two anchor rollers, ring bolt in the stem to lay on at anchor, circuit breakers, replaced hatches, replaced stove, new canvas pilot house.

We want to add a hard top, hydraulic auto pilot, and a 120 jib.

Sails we use include full battened main, 110 jib with one reef, storm jib and gennaker.

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Review Date: Sun January 12, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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I´m very satisfied with my old Rasmus 35 (number 178). It gives you very much boat for the money. She is not so fast under sail but instead she is very safe. I do have som ideas about make here a better boat. Like to be in cantact with other owners to discuss ideas.
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Review Date: Sat February 8, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Great sea boat. We've made a round trip trans Atlantic crossing east-west and four rounds Caribbean to Maine/Nova Scotia. Don't much care for the after cabin as it ends up being a garage but otherwise it's very well designed. Especially like the windshield but I would like to find a hard top for it.
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Review Date: Sat October 10, 1998 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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I'm very plesed with this boat,don't care for aft cabin it turns into a store room.It sails well, but not in light wind I took out the chart table and put refrigerator there repowered with a perkins m-35.Would like a hardtop,any commets would be welcomed.
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Review Date: Mon February 1, 1999 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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I've been sailing on this boat for about 5 years now and have been very happy with her performance. Just recently we took a 5 month trip to bring her from the Great Lakes down to South Carolina. The boat handled well the entire way, under power or sailing. We only encountered weather three times during that trip but each time the boat handled whatever was thrown at her. I feel that the below deck she could be brought more to date. Sometimes it gets a little crowded in the main saloon. We have enclosed the cockpit with removable canvas and that relieves some of the overcrowding, making for a real nice place to dine and read. We also had the canvas made so the it can be used while sailing ... a wonderful thing in any kind of weather. Coming from a background of many open cockpits, I would now find it hard to live without an enclosed cockpit and hard dodger. The aft cabin is used mainaly for storage but I leave the starboard bunk as free as I can ... this makes a good place to sleep off watch and still be able to lend a hand when needed. The full keel has taken some getting used to when in the harbor but is well worth the extra security that it provides. Feel free to contact me with any questions (or any advice) and I'll do my best to answer.




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Registered: March 2010
Review Date: Fri March 19, 2010 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Build quality. Ocean going.
Cons: Light wind. Beating.

Rasmus is the big sister of the Monsun; the boat that one guy, Kurt Björklund, took single-handed more than 3 times around the globe - do you need a better reference?!
If you feel that the Rasmus is too small, check out the Hallberg-Rassy 41; a boat very similar to both the Rasmus and the Monsun (same designer; Olle Enderlein).
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Filin
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Registered: April 2012
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Review Date: Sat July 20, 2013 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Full keel (sail)
Cons: Full keel (docking)

I am owner of the Rasmus about 1 year. Sailing on this boat from Cherbourg to Vigo cross Biskay bay. Impreshion is perfect!
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evenstephen
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Registered: August 2009
Posts: 9
Review Date: Sun February 2, 2014 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $25,000.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Incredibly, solidly built. Hardens in strong wind and handles rough weather like a dream
Cons: A pig for tight maneuvering in harbor. Narrow beam makes for a small main saloon.

I love this boat because it was built to last. You will not find a more stable and sturdy boat. She is not fast, but built to be safe. I sail on SF Bay where, in the summer, winds are 20 -30 knots routinely. She almost prefers a howling gale! Wonderful handling!

In light winds she can be slow to turn across the wind. I generally fall off slightly to pick up some speed to get around.

I have the NAB version which was finished by Reg Freeman Yachts in England. That means I have a hard top in addition to the HR windshield and the cabin has a slightly differently layout. It also has sliding pocket doors of teak for both the forward and stern cabins which is a pretty cool idea.

If you're looking for a relatively inexpensive boat that can safely take you anywhere, look no further.
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