I have an HR 40. Clearly there are big differences between the Enderlein boats and the Frers boats.
I don't mean to impugn your abilities. I do have some experience on full keel boats, mostly Cape Dory and Allied boats.
I'm surprised at the limitations on turning to starboard -- do you have a LH prop? Have you tried looking for handling suggestions on the UK HROA site? Can you not use propwalk to move the boat? Propwalk is helpful on my boat, but on the full-keelers I have sailed it is critical.
The Rasmus has a great reputation. I'm sure you are very happy with her.
sail fast, dave
I've seen new HR's and even sailed on a large one a few years ago
I was able to back it and dock mediterranean style not using bow thrusters (which it had available), this was part of the our charter/study course. These boats have all the characteristics of modern sailboat, including very reasonable steering. They are also VERY nice
I would not mind owning one at all
As far as turns go, I think turning to port would be the same - it is just that my slip is to stbd. The distance available is simply not enough to perform full 90 degree turn at any speed.
When moving in reverse, boat turns counterclockwise. I duscussed this here previously - I have no explanation for the direction (the prop is right handed as far as I know, and I was told that the behavior should be exactly opposite) but it is what it is, in reverse at speeds of less than about 3kts steering is inoperative and boat turns counterclockwise at her own pace. I guess that does make stbd turns more challenging as I can't back out while turning clockwise, and continue.
This is exacerbated by my slip being very narrow (about 12-13' for a 11' beam). Certainly wider slip facing open water would be a simpler solution
But you know, I can dream of a bow thruster too. It's on the same list on which I have a radar, a wind instrument and solar panels
P.S. I may not know right from left, but my pre-purchase survey noted this: "Propeller, three blade 16 RH 12". That's right-handed, I think.