Unique, luxurious, hardly used and extremely well maintained HR40 for a highly attractive price.


There are not many boats I see on the market that are ready to use without any refit. The alternative is often to buy new. Only in very rare cases, I come over some boats in perfect condition that have either not been used much or have undergone a significant refit or maintained to perfection. This Hallberg-Rassy is one of them and therefore a boat I would have loved to buy, if I not already had one.


This time, it is a unique opportunity to take over a very little used HR40 in an excellent condition. I am almost tempted to say it is in the same perfect state that our own HR40 was we sold one year ago, but possibly not quite as heavily equipped for blue-water sailing as ours was.


The reason for Iris’ immaculate condition is that she has only been sailed in the Baltic Sea between Ellös, close to Gothenburg and on the east coast of Sweden. In her entire life she has not sailed more than 5,400 miles. This is almost equal to what I have sailed during this one single summer with Regina Laska! The engine hours are no more than 650.


I became so interested in this HR40 that I immediately travelled to Stockholm to see her last spring, despite the fact that she was not up for sale at that time. All summer I have hoped that she would come up for sale, and now she is! The reason is that the owner has purchased a bigger Hallberg-Rassy and would now like to pass on their beloved boat to a new owner, who can care of her in the same way they have throughout the years.


General condition


Iris has always been taken care of by the most renown yards on the east coast and west coast of Sweden.


The boat looks especially beautiful, since the owner ordered her with teak on the coach roof, which is a considerable extra cost, but enhances the appearance significantly (and is wonderful to walk on with your bare feet!).


She was first launched in July 2003, but the 10 years of ownership by this single owner can hardly be seen.


The layout is the same we had on our HR40 Regina, i.e. with the head directly to port close by the companionway and with the huge comfortable galley on the starboard side. I personally really like the idea to have the head close by the entrance, which is actually a request by many female sailors, according to my investigations for my talks on how to get women hooked to sailing (to be held at Hanseboot and boot Düsseldorf, by the way). Also, the huge galley is something often appreciated by women. I’m not saying that this is a girl’s boat, but definitely one that would appeal to women as well, especially when it comes to the luxurious comfort onboard and the easy sail handling (see below). Both are normally seen only on larger yachts. This Hallberg-Rassy offers luxury in a compact and easy to handle 40-foot boat.


So, if you wish to buy a sailing boat but feel you need to convince your spouse, here you might be able to fulfill the requests by all members of the crew.




Obviously, the Raymarine plotter and radar are 10 years old (the same as we had on our HR40 Regina), and a new owner could find it appropriate to update it to the newest standards, but it is not necessary, if you wish to wait with such an upgrade for a couple of years. It would be on my “wish list” for Christmas in the future.


The VHF is new, however, namely from 2012.


The electrical system is fine, I think, with an High Output Alternator of 115A, which was installed in 2006 by the professionals at Båtvårdsvarvet. She has a 60A Mastervolt MASS charger and new batteries from 2012 (domestic: 560Ah plus starter battery, both renewed). An inverter is lacking, unfortunately, and would hence be on my list to be installed if I bought her, in order to allow for continuous 230V onboard. Continuous 230V increases the comfort onboard even more, using computers, a vacuum cleaner, kitchen appliances or the hair dryer just as at home. Today, this is only possible when connected to shore-power on Iris, which might be sufficient for some sailors. A new 80A/2kW Charger/Inverter Combi by Whisperpower costs approx. 2,500 EUR and is easily retrofitted (The existing Charger could even be sold on eBay).


The sails would not be necessary to be replace thanks to the fact that they have been used for no more than a couple of thousand miles (the rest is made up by the 650 hours of motoring). The sails are of the best possible material, namely Gitterspectra (today it is called Hydranet) and the main has vertical battens for maximum joy of sailing. I actually had exactly the same type of sails on our HR40 (and chose the same again for the HR46 Regina Laska). With our HR40, we sailed some 25,000 miles with these sails without replacing them! These are really high-end and long-lasting sails, which have only been lightly used in this case, and in the kindest possible weather conditions. In other words, personally, I consider the sails as near-to-new, despite their age in years.


In addition to the main sail with vertical battens and the Gitter-Spectra genoa, Iris has a working jib and a gennaker.


Sails were last serviced by Syversens Sailmakers in 2009.


The rig is made for maximum comfort and ease of sail handling, so called push-button sailing. Iris is thus perfect for a couple to sail, where you do not need to have any muscle strength when handling the boat. It might be worth mentioning that my research for my talks on getting women to love sailing showed that this was actually one of the key desires by women and a very important feature to turn women into enthusiastic sailors. If you wish to get your spouse interested in buying a comfortable boat, this might be the boat for you: It has an electric inmast furling system, two electric genoa winches and an electric main sheet winch, which also acts for electrically furling the genoa. No muscles necessary!


For tight harbour maneuvers, Iris has a powerful bow thruster of 8 hp, which significantly facilitates boat handling in confined space, yet another feature that takes the stress out of sailing.


A high level of comfort and luxury is also found under deck, where the upholstery in the saloon is made of Alcantara and the four berths all have sprung mattresses, something that really improves sleeping comfort. The isolated hull providing a dry and warm environment, the silent diesel heater and the separate shower compartment with hot and cold water is standard on this HR40, nonetheless all important comfort features. The deck shower, which is found at the bathing platform with hot and cold water, is a very attractive extra, just as the Centaflex propeller shaft coupling is a desirable extra piece of equipment installed by this owner. The Centaflex significantly reduces engine noise and vibrations in the boat while motoring. Did you know that many women express a large discomfort from engine noise and vibrations?


The owner is also prudent when it comes to safety and to keep the boat in an as-new state. Therefore, not only all batteries were changed in 2012, but also the propeller shaft seal and all propane hoses were replaced in 2012 and a propane leakage indicator was installed the same year. The toilet pump was exchanged in 2011. All carpets and the sprung mattresses have just been chemically cleaned by professionals in 2013, so that the new owners can feel that the boat has been prepared for them in an as perfect state as possible.


In 2006 a fitting for a cutter stay sail was also installed by Båtvårdsvarvet, which would allow for heavy weather sailing with a cutter stay sail some time in the future.


When I was in Stockholm to see Iris, I had a good chance to investigate the boat and get my own picture. There was not much I could find that I didn’t like. The small things I found were the following:


I noticed that the bottom plug had not been opened for a long time, and according to my experience with bottom plugs, the plug should preferably be exchanged to a new one (very inexpensive piece of equipment). The deck opening for the holding tank has never been opened and has hence corroded, so it would be a good idea to exchange the deck opening as well. On the sprayhood I found one seam that should be re-sown. Finally, the top drawer in the galley had been glued due to the fact that it had broken at some point in time. More, I could not find on this boat.


If I had purchased Iris (and I would, if I were looking for a HR40), I would add the bespoke Combi (replacing the charger) to continuously obtain 230V onboard. Finally, I would invest in a new LED lighting system by Båtsystem, since this enhances the cosiness and interior atmosphere dramatically, increasing the feel for space under deck and lowers the power consumption to a fraction, compared to halogen lights.


I have kept the last great piece of information to the very end: the highly attractive price of no more than EUR 260.000 (I sold my own HR40 last year for EUR 300.000, despite the fact that she had sailed for more than 25,0000 miles. I would not dare to compare with what a new HR40 costs….)


If you are interested, do not hesitate to contact me for a demonstration in Stockholm. Please contact me under leon(at)



HR40, 2003

Spars and sails

Selden electrical Furlin mast,

Furlin main, vertical battens, EMS 4V, CC, GS380 cloth, incl gasrodkick

Furlex jib, Dacron, E-foam in the luff

Cover for Furlex

Genoa, crosscut, GS 380 cloth, E-foam in the luff

Gennaker on roller, incl. gennaker equipment with removable bowsprit

Backstaytensioner Seldén

Isolated backstay with cable to nav station


Deck equipment

Extra bow roller

Brass strips near all mooring and spring cleats

Lewmar electrical genoa sheet winches 50 CEST

One 40 CEST main sheet winch, one standard manual winch

Jackstays on deck

3 fittings for tethers in cockpit, Wichard W06505

Electric windlass Lewmar with 50m. 9,5mm. chain + Delta anchor 20 kg

Remote for windlass on pedestal

Stern anchor 15kg, Breeze with holder ,incl NOA-anchor davit

Ankarolina, (anchorod with 1m chain) 56 m on pushpit

Fitting on foredeck for cutterstay


Other exterior equipment

Bowladder, folding

Sprayhood extension

Mosquito nets for the three skylights

Teak outboard bracket


Teak on the coachroof

Cockpit stereo speakers, sea and symphony

Shower at the bathingplatform (freshwater w/c)

Deckwash pump Flojet 13l./min, for seawater


Childseat in teak for cockpit

Radar reflector Blipper-210 on mast

Glassholders in teak in cockpit

Cockpit cushions 6



Bowthruster, Sleipner 8 hp

Electrical engine room fan

Onboard spare part kit Volvo

Centaflex flexible coupling

2 x 6 kg propane bottles with regulator

Propane leakage indicator in propane compartment, new 2012

Zinc saver 30A, Odelco, connected to shore power unit

Water filter, active coal filter



115A alternator, 2006

Batterycharger 12V / 60Ah-230V. Mastervolt, MASS

Shorepower, 230V with cable and earthcircuitbreaker

Consumption Battery bank 560Ah new 2012

Start battery new 2012

DCC4000 battery control unit


Navigation and communication equipment

Autopilot Raymarine ST 7001+ / type II

Radarantenna on backstay Raymarine 2KW

Radar/plotter Raymarine RL70CRC in cockpit

Electronic charts, C-map, (Swedish east coast Blankaholm-Norrtälje, and Swedish west coast)

Raymarine ST60 Multi at nav station

Raymarine ST60 compass repeater in cockpit

2 VHF antennas with cables to the charttable

VHF Raymarine 218E Ray 55E new 2012, dual operated nav station and cockpit, DSC

C-pod tracking system unit, new 2008 (not active)


Safety equipment

Liferaft, bfa, 6 pers, container on coachroof

Life buoy with holder

Electrical emergency bilge pump, Jabsco

3 Fire extinguishers, one in each cabin


Galley equipment

Stove ENO Gascogne model 0823

Fridge with small freezer compartment, Isotherm

Footpump for tank water in galley



Original interior with toilet at entrance

Aftcabin with one double berth and one single berth

Salon with 2 sofas

High gloss varnished entrance and washboards

Backrests in saloon as extra berths

White formica in galley

Shelf for binoculars

Book shelf 800 mm in aft cabin

Five leecloths


Wempe barometer

Wempe clock

Pioneer radio / CD-player with two loudspeakers, connected to isolated backstay

2 reading lights in the saloon

Carpet: Blue

Curtains: Beige

Upholstery: Light Blue Ting 52

Upholstery in saloon: Blue Alcantara

Sprung mattresses in aft and fore cabin