Boat Review

May 2007 Issue

Hallberg Rassy 342 New Boat Test

In our new sailboat test, we review the Hallberg Rassy 342, a relatively small cruising boat from the prolific Swedish builder of cruising yachts. Designed by German Frers, the Hallberg Rassy 342 shares many traits 34, of which over 500 cruising sailboats were built during a 15-year production run.

Like all the Hallberg Rassys in production, the Hallberg Rassy 342 was designed by Argentine naval architect German Frers (who aficionados claim designs some of the best cruising sailboats), and 146's clear from crunching the numbers on this relatively small cruising sailboat that the Swedish boat builder wanted peppier performance than its predecessor, the Hallberg Rassy 34. Everything about this Hallberg Rassy is bigger: its waterline is longer, its sail area is greater, and, of course, its price tag is higher. In Practical Sailorís new sailboat test, we find the end product to be a well-balanced modern cruising sailboat, though we still find a few things to complain about.

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