The Hallberg-Rassy 46 was an extremely popular model built from 1995 through 2005, and of course, built to sail the world’s oceans which this owner has done most successfully. And, like the majority of the yachts built in this part of the world, there were no shortcuts in the build quality and design.
A world circumnavigation cannot be taken lightly, and the preparation necessary to do it safely takes time and patience. This owner was most diligent in his research and as you can see from his comments, to only have minor problems on such a voyage says a lot for both him and the yacht. The HR 46 is a bluewater cruiser without a doubt.
Mechanically, she is ready to go, with bow thruster, double alternators, generator as well as wind generator, air conditioning and a diesel heater, solar panel and most important in a foreign port, a fuel scrubbing system.
Trademark teak decks of course, built in swim step at transom, and the wonderful center cockpit, which with hard windscreen and dodger provides super protection for the helm. OWL also has an aft radar arch and davits. Her rig is the standard aluminium cutter with Navtec hydraulics.
Down below, there is of course a tremendous amount of headroom due to the center cockpit arrangement. The woodwork is all teak to the highest quality of craftsmanship. Her master cabin is aft with a queen to starboard and a small settee port side with en-suite head. The main saloon has a u-shaped settee and table to port and a settee to port with storage above. Forward there is a v berth cabin and a smaller cabin with upper/lower berths for additional storage/guests and a shared head. The chart table has plenty of space with drawers and storage. The Galley is a good size with drawers/lockers and good counter space, secure for offshore sailing.
Her electronics package includes AIS, SSB, Sat phone, radar/plotter, Raymarine wind instruments and a Simrad autopilot. The dinghy included is an alum rib with a 15HP outboard. As one would expect, there are numerous spares on board as well. Hallberg-Rassy also operates a very responsive spares office if you should ever need help!
There are certain yachts that you just know are safe and reliable – the Hallberg-Rassy 46 is one of those yachts. Perhaps a little heavier than a lot of yachts built these days, but when you are out in the ocean and it is nasty, you can be confident that your yacht has nothing to worry about. OWL is ready for inspection and her next voyage.
It was always a boyhood dream to sail around the world in my own yacht. Well, after 7 glorious years, including a circumnavigation, it is time for another caring soul to take ownership of this incredible ocean-crossing vessel. When I was looking for a bluewater cruising yacht back in 2013, my shortlist consisted of Oyster, Najad, Contest and Hallberg Rassy. But after viewing OWL and seeing the extensive amount of extra equipment that had been installed prior to delivery to her first owner, as well as her impeccable condition, it was an easy decision to buy. Hallberg-Rassy’s have a great reputation for providing both safety and comfort when venturing on long distance voyages and I can attest, they truly are one of the best constructed yachts on the planet.
Before I ventured out on the circumnavigation, there were two things on my mind a) the reliability of the yacht and b) keeping my crew happy. Yes, from time-to-time things break on a yacht. But we only encountered minor failures on OWL which in-turn, allowed the crew to enjoy some glorious sailing to far away destinations and visit places that are only accessible by small yachts. I was very privileged to have good crew onboard and I am very grateful that we all experienced the local cultures and warm hospitalities along the way.
I completed the circumnavigation as part of the World Arc Rally, which is one of several bluewater rallies offered by the very efficient World Cruising Club (WCC). The camaraderie and the sharing of knowledge/spare parts with the rally fleet went a long way to ensuring our journey went without any major problems. For good reasons, I chose to start and finish the circumnavigation in St. Lucia, which required a ‘lumpy’ upwind sail from Houston to the Caribbean. After spending 12 months preparing OWL for the trip, we set off in October 2016 and headed for Florida. We then made our way through the Bahamas and Turks & Caicos before arriving in the BVIs in December. Christmas and New Year were celebrated in St. Lucia where the rally started on Jan 7th 2017. The World Arc rally is a west-about circumnavigation primarily in the Southern Hemisphere where most of our time was spent broad-reaching in the trade winds. I got asked many times, what were the best places that I visited? It’s a difficult question to answer, as it depends on what you’re looking for eg; scenery, activities, culture? I always respond with reciting some of the encounters that will forever remain in my memory.
There are far too many to cover in this article, but here are a few of the highlights: the San Blas Islands and visiting a Kuna village, Panama – meeting the Embera indigenous people, Panama – the wild and spectacular Galapagos Islands – making landfall in Hiva Oa, Marquesas after a 3 week crossing from Galapagos – the Bay of Virgins at Fatu Hiva, Marquesas – Fakarava, Tuamotus – Moorea and Huahine, French Society Islands – Bora Bora Yacht Club, French Society Islands – Suwarrow, a very remote and special place in the Cook Islands – Niue, the clearest water I have ever dived in – drinking kava for the first time in the Lau Group of Islands, Fiji – breakfast with the chief and his family in Yasawa-i-Rara, Fiji – sunset on the edge of the Mount Yasur active volcano in Tanna, Vanuatu – exchanging gifts with the villagers in Port Resolution, Tanna – having lunch with the friendly locals in Dillon’s Bay Erromango, Vanuatu – receiving excellent service from the folks in the boatyard at Mackay, Australia – a cool couple of days in Sydney and climbing the harbor bridge – close encounters with Humpback Whales along the Queensland coast – ‘glamping’ in the Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory Australia – dressing up like the locals in Lombok Indonesia – the ‘picture postcard’ scenery of the Cocos Keeling Islands including a canoe trip to one of the uninhabited islands – arriving in Mauritius and being awarded 2nd place after crossing the Indian Ocean – spending leisure time with old friends in Mauritius – an exciting downhill bike ride from a mountain top to the beach in Reunion – the very warm reception from the members and locals at Richard’s Bay YC, South Africa – experiencing the amazing wildlife at the Thula Thula Elephant Sanctuary, South Africa – sailing around Cape Agulhas and Cape of Good Hope before arriving in Hout Bay, South Africa – a Stellenbosch wine tour, South Africa – stopping by Saint Helena for 72 hours and touring this historical remote island – making landfall in Salvador Brazil and winning first prize for the Cape Town to Salvador Leg of the rally – actively taking part in the carnival celebrations, Salvador Brazil – walking around the earie remains of the ‘Devil’s Island’ penitentiary off the coast of French Guyana – spending quality time with close rally friends when cruising the Windward and Leeward Islands and finally, the finish at St Lucia which was a very emotional day.
Before returning to our home port of Houston TX, we chose to head up the US East coast and spend a year in Chesapeake Bay before cruising up to Maine for the summer of 2019. OWL has been based in Houston TX since October 2019 and is ready for her next adventure…
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