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Hallberg-Rassy 39
$239,000 USD
40'ft 1"in

Zube is one of the last Hallberg-Rassy 39s to be built by the venerable Hallberg-Rassy shipyard in Ellos, Sweden. Outfitted for blue water cruising, Zube has benefited from the addition of a stainless-steel arch/dinghy davits with solar, power winches, LeisureFurl in-boom mainsail furling, bow thruster, recent Raymarine chartplotters, and a new Yanmar engine from 2012 with just over 1000 hours. She also received a full upgrade to her DC system in 2021 with Victron lithium house battery bank, inverter/charger, and monitors.

The Hallberg-Rassy 39 is a nicely sized yacht. Zube is small enough to day sail yet large enough to comfortably circumnavigate. Many sisterships have been used by families for local Pacific Northwest cruising while others have won their class in the ARC rally and then gone on to circumnavigate. Storage is phenomenal for a sub-forty-foot boat while comfort is optimized through Hallberg-Rassy’s evolutionary (vs. revolutionary) boat design program. The quality of space is excellent, and ergonomics of the settees, cockpit and deck layout leave owners appreciating their boats more and more with time.

Name of vessel Zube
Model Hallberg-Rassy 39
Year 2003
Builder Hallberg-Rassy
Designer German Frers
Price $239,000 USD
Location Seattle, WA
Length (feet) 40'
Beam (feet) 12'4"
Draft (feet) 6'1"
Displacement (pounds) 22,000 lbs
Ballast (pounds) 9,300 lbs
Engine model Yanmar 4JH5E
Engine horsepower 54
Engine hours 1250
Fuel tank capacity (gallons) 104
Water tank capacity (gallons) 129
Holding tank capacity (gallons)


Zube has two enclosed cabins and one head.  She sleeps up to 5 people comfortably with two in the forward cabin, two in the master aft cabin and one on the port settee in the salon.  Headroom in the Salon is 6′ 4″. The interior of Zube is satin finished mahogany with white overhead accented with mahogany staves, teak and holly sole, and light green ultra suede upholstery. A beige carpet protects the teak and holly floors and adds to the warmth of the interior. Beige patterned curtains are on all ports and hatches. Webasto forced air heat keeps her warm. Ventilation is provided from ten opening ports, four opening hatches, dorade vents and five strategically placed low wattage fans. Reading, overhead, task and courtesy lights are well placed throughout the boat.

Starting forward is the guest stateroom with watertight forward bulkhead between the anchor locker and the stateroom. There is a V-berth with infill, cabinets above the berth to port, starboard and forward, and a vanity with locker over and outboard are aft and to starboard. A dressing seat with hanging locker outboard are in the passageway aft and to starboard of the head. The hanging locker has been converted to a well thought out pantry with shelving and labeled bins. Ceilings are covered with mahogany battens, and there is a large opening hatch with reading and overhead lights.

Next aft to port is the head with easy to clean, white wipe down surfaces and includes a china sink with cabinets outboard and below. A mirror is mounted on the forward bulkhead. The sink nozzle deploys as a handheld or bracket-mounted shower nozzle. A teak shower grate and shower curtain enable showering in this space.

The main salon follows with an “L” shaped dinette to port and two comfortable captain’s chairs to starboard. There are cabinets to port and starboard, outboard with lockers flanking bookshelves on both port and starboard sides. To port, the settee backs are bottom hinged and open to access storage. The starboard captain’s chairs are hinged giving access to storage underneath. A counter/cocktail table separates the two chairs. Under this table is the stereo and two small drawers. A brass ship’s clock, barometer, and hydrometer/thermometer are mounted on the forward bulkhead.

The galley is to starboard of the companionway ladder. Counter tops are white laminate, and there are sliding door cabinets above and outboard the counter, as well as louvered lockers and Microwave along the aft bulkhead. Additional drawers and lockers are below the counter. The Force Ten stove is situated in the middle of the outboard counter and the double stainless-steel sink is located on the aft counter with both manual and pressure water faucets. The refrigerator box is on the outboard aft corner of the counter and a freezer box is located behind the nav table. Both are Isotherm water cooled units.

The nav station is opposite the galley to port of the companionway stairs. The forward-facing top opening nav table is large with plenty of room to layout charts. Instruments are mounted on the forward console and outboard the table with the electrical panel outboard the nav station upholstered seat.

Along the passageway to the aft stateroom there are two hanging lockers and a freezer with locker above to port and access to the engine room to starboard. The aft stateroom consists of an offset double berth and contoured dressing settee to port. A large hanging locker is immediately forward of the settee. Duffel bag storage is aft of the settee and lockers are located beneath the deck edge to port and starboard.


Galley and Head

Galley safety propane shut-off; Xintex P-1BS w/ fume detector (sniffer)

(2) fiberglass propane tanks

Force 10 2-burner propane stove with oven and safety shut-off

Isotherm refrigeration with water heat exchange – in galley

Separate Isotherm freezer unit aft of nav station with with water heat exchange

Freshwater foot-pump

Pressure hot and cold running water with faucets in head, galley and swim-step

Jabsco Twist’n’Lock manual toilet

Remote manual control of saltwater through-hull for head


Electric shower sump-pump: Whale Gulper 320

Freshwater system pump – Jabsco PAR-MAX-3

Sigmar Marine 20 liter hot water heater

Deck/anchor washdown system – can be set for fresh or salt water

Spare water maker parts and preservative

European water filter insert

Shower hose for stern shower

Bilge pumps:

Flojet Quad Premium Series bilge pump

Spare: Flojet Quad Premium Series pump

Jabsco Hydroair automatic bilge switch, 59400-0012

Manual bilge pump: Whale Gusher Titan

Large emergency bilge pump: Jabsco “3550”

Bilge pump cycle counter


Electronics and Navigation

Raymarine Axiom Pro 12″ at helm (2018)

Raymarine Axiom 12″ at nav station (2018)

Raymarine Quantum Q24C 18″ radar (2018)

Raymarine AIS 650 AIS transceiver (2018)

Raymarine ST 7001 autopilot

Raymarine autopilot wireless remote (non functional)

Raymarine ST 60 Speed display at companionway

Raymarine ST 60 Depth display at companionway

Raymarine ST 60 Wind display at companionway

HawkEye secondary depth sounder with dedicated interior sensor

ICOM IC-M506 VHF radio (2019)

ICOM HM-195 remote VHF in cockpit (2019)

ICOM IC-M802 SSB-Ham radio (2012)

AT-140 Automatic Antenna Tuner

SCS P4 Dragon SSB Modem

Insulated backstay antenna

Dual Media MXD337BT stereo receiver w/ Bluetooth (2018)

Independent interior and exterior speakers

Suunto F-135 binnacle compass

Weems and Plath barometer, clock and thermometer/hygrometer

Tide clock


In 2021, Zube received a full upgrade to lithium house batteries using Victron components by a professional installer.


12 volt DC and 120 volt AC systems

120 volt breaker panel

SmartPlug 30 amp shore power receptacle and 50’ cord (2018)

House batteries: (2) Victron LiFePO4 100 Ah smart battery (8/2021)

Starter battery: Lifeline Group 31 (4/2022)

Victron Multiplus Compact 2000/80 inverter/battery charger (8/2021)

Victron Cerbo GX system monitor (8/2021)

Victron Touch 59 touchscreen display (8/2021)

Victron Smart Shunt 500A (8/2021)

Victron Smart Solar 100/50 MPPT (8/2021)

VictronCyrix-Li-cy Battery Combiner 120A (8/2021)

Victron 30A/ 120V isolation transformer (2018)


Yanmar 80 amp alternator

Balmar Model 70-110, 110 amp alternator with Balmar MC618 regulator (new regulator 2021)

Kyocera 215 watt solar panel on arch (2013)

Interior lights replaced with LED (2012)

Most navigation lights replaced with LED lights

12 volt outlets at helm, aft cabin, forward cabin, and Nav Station

Protected wiring in lockers


Mechanical Systems

Yanmar 4JH5E 54 hp naturally aspirated marine diesel engine (installed 2012, 1250 hours)

Parker Racor 500 MA dual primary fuel filters

Kobelt engine throttle/shift control

Groco raw water strainer

Volvo seal (2012 replaced)

Cutlass bearing (2012 replaced)

30 mm shaft (2012 realigned and straightened, verified true in 2018)

Max Prop feathering propeller model 70M4R (rebuilt in 2017)

3 blade fixed prop (spare, considered less fragile for trip to Alaska)

Bow thruster 6 HP, Side-Power SP 75 T, with deck foot activators at pedestal (rebuilt 2018)

Whitlock cable steering system

Webasto diesel heater with outlets in fore cabin aft cabin, salon, and head


Deck and Hull

The construction of Zube was certified by Germanischer Lloyd to Category A (unlimited ocean voyages) standards. The white hull with blue sheer and boot stripe is isophthalic gelcoat and isopolyester. Bottom paint is blue, last painted in 2022. In 2011, her hull was blasted and four coats of barrier coat applied. The keel is an external lead casting bolted to a sloped fiberglass keel stub. The hull from the waterline up and deck are insulated with closed cell foam. The fiberglass decks, cockpit settees, and stern swim step are overlaid with teak and black rubber with teak caprail on raised bulwarks and teak handrails on the coach roof. The coach roof top has a molded-in non-skid surface. Pushpit and pulpit are stainless steel with double lifelines on stainless steel stanchions and gates amidships to port and starboard. The anchor roller accommodates two anchors. Zube is fitted with a factory installed windshield with folding sprayhood dodger on. The sprayhood was replaced in 2014. The bimini conveniently stows folded down forward of the windshield. Cockpit seats and floor are covered with teak and a varnished cockpit table is fitted on the steering binnacle. On deck stowage is in three large lockers. Forward is a top opening chain locker with shelf and room for fenders, lines and other gear. The cockpit locker is best described as huge and located under the starboard settee. There is a deck locker located in the stern accessed by a hatch. The propane locker is on the starboard side deck. All lockers drain overboard. The swim step is fitted with a folding stainless steel swim ladder and hot/cold freshwater shower. A salt water washdown pump is also fitted with deck outlet and washdown hose. The stainless-steel arch is well thought out and incorporates features such as a dinghy hoist, radar TX mount, solar panel attachment, outboard motor hoist and bracket, stern light mount, extra cleats and attachments points.

Zube’s teak decks are in good condition. They are lightly cleaned annually and treated with either “Wet and Forget” or Boracare.

Lewmar Ocean 1 capstan electric anchor windlass

Rocna 25 55lb anchor

165 feet of 3/16” chain and 100 ft of 5/8 in nylon rope

Fortress FX23 stern anchor with chain and rode

40 lb Spade anchor stored below (spare)

Anchor well separated from cabin by solid bulkhead

Anchor well drains directly to outside

Emergency handle for manual operation of anchor winch

Hard windscreen with blue Sunbrella windshield dodger (2014)

Custom weather curtains for dodger (2014)

Full cockpit cover

Bimini and bimini cover

(2) teak stern seats

Exterior cockpit folding table (tri-fold)

Wells Custom Marine stainless steel arch with dinghy hoist, radar mount, solar panel attached, outboard motor hoist and bracket, stern light mount, extra cleats and attachment points

(2) Lewmar 54 self-tailing electric primary winches in cockpit

(1) Lewmar 40 self-tailing electric main halyard/reefing winch in cockpit

(1) Lewmar 40 self-tailing manual winch in cockpit

(2) Lewmar 40 self-tailing winches on mast

Shower on stern-hot and cold fresh water

Swimstep at stern with divided bathing ladder

Entry gates in lifelines port and starboard


Rigging and Sails

Zube’s rigging is designed to support shorthanded sailing without leaving the cockpit.

Selden two spreader anodized aluminum mast, bonded to keel

Selden anodized aluminum boom

Selden backstay tensioner

Forespar Leisure Furl in boom mainsail furling

Forespar solid boom vang (2012)

Seldon Furlex 300-S headsail roller furler

Standing and running rigging replaced in 2014


Full batten in boom furling mainsail

Elvstrom 120% Roller furling genoa (very good condition)

Elvstrom 1.5oz asymmetric cruising spinnaker with dousing sleeve (excellent condition)

Removable stainless steel bow sprit

Elvstrom roller furling jib

Riding sail


Miscellaneous and Safety


West Marine 280 9’ 3” fiberglass RIB dinghy

Yamaha 8hp 2 stroke outboard

Dinghy anchor

GIVENS 6 person deluxe offshore yachting life raft in portable valise (needs inspection)

Smartfind 406 McMurdo G5 EPIRB (battery expired 3/2024)

Emergency tiller

Radar reflector installed on mast (2011)

Forespar lightning arrestor installed top of mast

Plastic and wooden emergency plugs

Distress horn

Spot light



(2) spare stanchions

Dinghy air pump

(2) yellow fuel jugs

Baha fuel filter

Exterior canvas hatch covers

(2) winch handles

Bosun’s chair


Bi-fold cockpit chairs

Black and Decker Dustbuster vacuum

Hatch mosquito net

(2) cockpit throw cushions

Magma BBQ

(2) sets rail mounted kayak racks


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