I visited the HR factory twice before taking delivery of my HR40. The facility and work ethic are outstanding. I spent three weeks in Ellös before my Sweden-Annapolis shakedown cruise.
In addition to my own boat, I have sailed 36, 37, 43, 48, and 53 HRs. They are great boats, and factory support is very good. There is not a huge support base in the US, but enthusiastic owners in the US and Vickie Vance at HR Parts ( www.hr-parts.com
) in Sweden make things easy. See www.hrowners.net
for the not terribly active US owners group and the UK group on http://www.hroa.co.uk/forum/
. There is also a very active HR_Users_Group on Yahoo.
Like every boat there are some idiosyncrasies to be aware of. None are significant, but they are worth hearing about so you don't have to learn them on your own.
The aft cabin is a great place to rest. The weather had to be pretty bad crossing the Atlantic before I moved midships. It's wonderful at anchor. The separation of the forward and aft cabin makes sailing with guests very nice. The salon of every HR I have been on is a comfortable and gracious place to entertain or just kick back and watch a movie.
The systems are reliable and well thought out.
I sail mine singlehanded very often without any issues.
Good luck with your choice.