Sorghaghtani is an exceptional Hallberg-Rassy. She is loaded with high-end, desirable factory and post delivery options and upgrades that are all well conceived and professionally executed. In 2001 I helped the owners specify and order this boat. They also consulted other knowledgeable professionals about sails, electronics, electrical systems and rigging. This was the owner’s second new Hallberg-Rassy. Their first was a 1998 Hallberg-Rassy 39 which they cruised for four years before upgrading to the HR43. Certain features like the “old style galley”, Wichard locking deck locker hatch handles, deck light switches on the steering pedestal, fresh/salt water flush to the heads, are unlikely to be found on other HR43’s. Sorghaghtani has the upgraded varnished teak interior vs. the standard African mahogany. Teak has a very light, elegant look and is the most sought after wood to use in the marine environment. Other items of note include: air conditioning, hydraulic main and jib furling, powered primary and mainsheet winches, watermaker, bow thruster, genset, hydraulic vang and backstay, upgraded North 3DL main and genoa, furling cruising spinnaker, carbon fiber whisker pole, and an “over the top” high-end entertainment system.
Sorghaghtani has been cruised and docked exclusively in the Pacific Northwest. She has been spared the rigors of tropical UV and heat. The original owners were without a doubt the most meticulous boat owners I’ve met: covers and pads for everything, spotlessly clean bilges and engine room, organizers and bins in drawers and lockers. No expense was spared to take care of this special boat. The second/current owner has carried on the maintenance protocol. The brightwork is in good condition and has been properly maintained each summer. The teak decks are smooth. The fiberglass hull and coachroof are glossy and unscratched. The interior teak joinery and soft goods appear very close to new. Batteries, electrical system components, and electronics have been upgraded and replaced on an ongoing basis. The bottom was stripped to bare gelcoat, epoxy barrier coated, and Pettit Trindad antifouling paint applied by CSR Marine in Seattle in September 2016
In 2001, Hallberg-Rassy began building the HR43; the first in a new generation of Frers-designed cruisers with a significant improvement in sailing performance over the prior generation Frers-designed Hallberg-Rassy 42. The new design benefits from extra waterline length, increased volume aft, greater form stability, more efficient keel and rudder, and increased sail area. This is most notable in light air where the increased power and easier driven hull will really be apparent to anyone who has sailed on an older Hallberg-Rassy design. Relative to the HR42F, the cockpit is larger and deeper. The aft stateroom is massive; indeed it’s larger than on an HR46. The forward stateroom has an impressive array of storage lockers and the forward head has a huge separate stall shower. With 150 HR 43s built between 2001 and 2008, this model is recognized as a modern offshore cruising classic. Sorghaghtani is hull No. 35 of this model. In 2008, minor changes were made to the deck and interior of the HR43 and the design continues in production as the HR43 MkII.
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