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

 
Hallberg-Rassy Monsun 31
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Description: Hallberg-Rassy Monsun 31
Keywords: Hallberg-Rassy Monsun 31
 


Author
ByrSac
Junior Member

Registered: August 2001
Posts: 6
Review Date: Sun May 4, 2008 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Excellent sailing qualities; solid workmanship
Cons: Headroom

With about 900 sold, the 31-foot Monsun was Hallberg-Rassy's most successful model. My particular boat is from the second year of production, but I believe there were few changes during a long production run. After 35 years, she is in remarkably good shape: no blistering, no deck delamination, no gelcoat crazing. The ports, being tempered glass, are still clear.

Good design features include excellent engine and shaft access through the cockpit sole, a foredeck anchor well, H-R's trademark windshield, raised bulwarks, and heavy duty deck hardware. Interior furniture is mostly solid wood. As the boat was never intended as a liveaboard, the galley is small, with a single sink, space for a two-burner stove, and an icebox. Tankage is limited. That said, a number of Monsuns have circumnavigated --- one went around 3 times.

The main shortcoming, in my opinion, is lack of headroom, about 5'10" in the main cabin; on the other hand, this helps to keep her from looking boxy. On deck, the "elephant skin" non-skid pattern looks pretty idiosyncratic nowadays.

As you might expect of a Scandinavian boat, the Monsun is a smart sailer, reaching hull speed easily and pulling virtually no wake. The cutaway forefoot/long keel/attached rudder underbody produces a boat that tracks well and can be balanced on the wind without locking the tiller. Backing down, however, can be a challenge.
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1Vagabundo
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Registered: April 2007
Posts: 4
Review Date: Sun May 9, 2010 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Solid construction, REAL quality in the build, high quality parts, etc. - built to a higher standard, can be a GREAT cruising value
Cons: Living space is limited - Great for a single hander but a bit tight for extended periods with 2 or more.

I have owned hull #12, a 1974 Hallberg Rassy for 3 years.

As the other reviewer wrote, after 36 years, she is in remarkably good shape too!:
no blistering
no deck delamination
no gelcoat crazing


Hallmarks of good design and quality work is how well these boats hold up over time.

I bought the boat for a planned cruise of the Eastern Caribbean. Having spent 3 seasons cruising I have no complaints.

Biggest downside for extended cruising is mainly that you are living in a boat designed for the cruiser's of a simpler time.

While there is ample storage for six months of cruising stores, great sea berths and hundreds of other positive cruising qualities - you won't find a convenient place for that big 6,000 watt generator or any place to stuff a microwave, washing machine, or whatever else electrically dependent cruisers come up with.

If you are on the simpler side of the cruising equation however, then these boats can present significant value = well built, go-anywhere capability that sail incredibly well. They also can occassionally be found at real bargians in the US.

Having spent several months single handed, I can also attest that they are great for someone lookig for a boat to run solo.

Additional information is available on the Monsun on the HR website:
http://www.hallberg-rassy.com/monsun/monsun.shtml
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