Moving full speed ahead with new models, Hallberg-Rassy has recently announced the addition of the 40C. This all-new design pushes the limits of what can be had in a 40-foot center cockpit yacht — and from early renderings, there is a lot to like. When the Hallberg-Rassy 44 was introduced, it was a bold step forward in terms of both interior comfort, sailing performance and looks. The new 40C is as good when it comes to the layout and fit and finish of the saloon, aft cabin and galley. And the cockpit has the exact same measurements as on the 44.
Get the galley you want
Two galley options are available on the 40 and Hallberg-Rassy calls them either “large” or “enormous”. With the option of the enormous, you get both increased work top area, increased galley storage and an additional, front opening, fridge. With this galley, it is also possible to add a dish washer and a microwave. If you go for the large galley, you get increased cockpit locker space. Both galleys are seagoing and do not interfere with the passage through to the aft cabin.
Choose your aft cabin
The aft cabin also comes in two different configurations: Standard is two separate berths, of which one is double and one single. In-between there is a comfortable seat. As an option there is a wide center line berth available, with settee to port and make up table to starboard. This version can also easily be combined with a stern thruster, which makes it possible to push the boat on to the dock, even if the wind is pushing the boat in the opposite direction. In both aft cabin versions there are two well sized aft deck lockers.
Pick your top
The 40C may be ordered either with the traditional wind screen with foldable sprayhood, or a robust hardtop dodger (pictured above). Both solutions have windows in tempered glass, an opening midsection, and handles on the sides. The hardtop offers outstanding protection from the elements, both cold and sun. This hardtop has an extensive service life and also offers good sound insulation when sailing in rough weather.
How do you like your stern?
There are two options aft: A small platform, or a big fold-out bathing platform. If an electric windlass is ordered for the bow, the windlass is elegantly hidden below decks. The chain locker is unusually large thanks to the modern hull design and has a fender shelf above.
Combining Modern and Classic
As with other recent HR introductions, the exterior of the 40C unites two worlds in an elegant way. There is no doubt that this is a contemporary boat from 2020. At the same time it is also obvious for any sailor that this is a true Hallberg-Rassy with everything that means, such as brand identity, security and continuity. The bow is upright for long sailing waterline and top sailing performance, with an integral and elegant bowsprit for a light wind sail, anchoring and a bow ladder. The sheer line is classy and elegant. Also the transom is upright and very full. This gives lots of living space, huge storage and a long sailing waterline. Of course the boat has twin rudders for full sailing control and safety. Needless to say, there are typical Hallberg-Rassy solutions, such as: Very well sheltered cockpit. An integral and protective rub rail. A heavy lead keel with low center of gravity on a deep bilge for tough conditions. A proper Bulwark with teak toe rail so that rain water is drained below the waterline to avoid staining the hull.