Sister anchored at Allen's Cays, Bahamas
Sister is a Hallberg-Rassy (see
Yard) 53. She's 53 feet 11 inches long, her beam is about 15 feet and and
she draws about 7 1/2 feet of water.
She's a sloop which means that she has one
mast and is normally rigged with a mainsail and a jib. She also
has additional rigging which can be used to set another foresail
(a staysail) in a configuration that is normally referred to as
a "cutter" rig. She's constructed entirely of fiber
glass. The gorgeous teak decks that you see in the picture are
not part of the deck structure. The decking is glued and screwed
into the fiberglass deck after the hull and deck have been molded
separately then joined. The teak provides one of the best deck
surfaces available. It is durable and essentially non-skid regardless
of how wet it gets.
Sister's jib and mainsail are furling sails. That means
that they wrap around either the forestay, in the case of the
jib, or a shaft that is inside the mast. Further, the furling
mechanism is driven by a hydraulic system which is controlled
from the cockpit. The point is not only to make her easy to sail
shorthanded but also to eliminate the need to go forward to handle
sails when the weather sucks.
The furling system is a good thing.
Christophe Rassy, the owner/founder/chief sailing guru at Hallberg-Rassy
sails his similarly equipped HR 62 by himself.
Two significant aspects of Sister's design are evident from the picture.
|First, she is a center cockpit boat. Note that the cockpit, while not
exactly in the middle of the boat is considerably forward of the
transom. Center cockpit designs are not rare but not nearly as
common as aft cockpit designs. I personally prefer the center
cockpit because I think it makes for a gentler, drier ride. Having
the cockpit forward also allows more space below decks for an
aft cabin. Our aft cabin (the "owner's" cabin) is very spacious and comfortable.
|Second, she has a hardtop. We chose this option because it affords excellent
protection for passengers and crew from oncoming wind and seas.
On a test sail of an HR46, on a cold, windy, rainy day in March
in Puget Sound I managed to tuck myself in under the hardtop and
with warm air flowing up from the cabin I was amazingly warm and
cozy. The hardtop also helps protect instrumentation which is installed in the cockpit.
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