The all-new 40C moves the limits for what is possible to achieve in a yacht up to 40 ft. 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 saloon, aft cabin and galley. Combined with a cockpit that has exactly the same measurements as on the 44, and fantastic sailing performance and the success is given.
Large or enormous galley?
There are two galley choices: Large or enormous. With the option of the enormous galley, 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 micro wave. If you go for the second large galley, you get increased cockpit locker space. Both galleys are seagoing and do not interfere with the passage through to the aft cabin.
Aft cabin with two separate berths or center line berth
Also in the aft cabin there are two different options: 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.
Interior in traditional mahogany or bright European oak
The interior is available in either traditional African khaya mahogany or bright European oak. In both cases the grain is horizontal. As an option, retractable entrance washboards on gas springs are available.
The interior has a lot of volume and is bright and airy. Here there are large portlights for generous natural light. There are also lots of indirect led lights, many ventilation facilities and the interior is spacious and roomy. There are six hull portlights, of larger size than the 412 and 40 Mk II and of the same size as on the 64, 57 and 44.
A design that is both classic and modern
The exterior 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 a teak toe rail so that rain water is drained below the water line, to avoid staining the hull.
Also the rig is modern and easy to handle. There are no runners needed, not even with an inner hard wind sail. The headsail is only slightly overlapping, which makes tacking very easy. There is also an option for a selftacking jib. The jib furler has an under deck drum. On the integral and elegant bowsprit a light wind sail may be used. The top shrouds and the lowers are separated on the deck, making it easy for a passage on deck, easy to sheet the headsail, and providing a wide and stable base for the mast. This is a Hallberg-Rassy invention. The boat has a powerful backstay tackle with 1: 48 purchase as standard, that makes it easy both to increase and decrease backstay tension.
Generous cockpit with hardtop option
This new model may be ordered either with the traditional wind screen with foldable sprayhood, or a robust hardtop dodger. 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. The cockpit is as big as on the generous cockpit on the 44. The helmsman’s position is slightly elevated, keeping with good all-around coaming protection and giving both good forward visibility and valuable extra headroom in the aft cabin. The cockpit coamings are wide, an advantage both for sitting there and for the interior volume. There are hidden control lines to a winch in the starboard side cockpit coaming. The steering pedestal has lots of space for chart plotter and control buttons, making push button sailing the effortless solution to handle the boat with minimum crew. The step into or out of the cockpit is easy with a step that is also a space to hide a motor for an electric headsail winch, without interfering with the interior space.
Small or large bathing platform?
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.
Premiere at Open Yard and at Boot Düsseldorf
The all-new Hallberg-Rassy 40C will have its world premiere at the world’s largest boat show, Boot Düsseldorf, 18-26 January 2020 and there will be pre-premiere for the first boat under construction at Scandinavia’s largest sailboat show, Open Yard in Ellös on island Orust, 23-25 August 2019.