Research and more research in order to choose THE boat … Forums, boats reviews, statistics, boat data… you name it, we read them all! And when we could read no more, we listed the finalists, booked appointments with the brokers, made elaborate travel arrangements, and off we went.
Some may say it was the trip from hell, but for us it was so worth it. 3 countries, 9 flights, 1 train and 4 rental cars, to find the yacht of our dreams.
Oyster 56 in Ipswich; Malo 46 in Jersey; Hallberg Rassy 54 in Lanzarote; North Wind 58 and HR 48 in Spain; NW 58 and HR 54 in Italy… decisions, decisions…
We found our yacht in Lanzarote, and it was love at first sight… Meet Cloudy Bay, Hallberg-Rassy 54, our future floating home!
Glen has dreamed of a Hallberg-Rassy since his 20’s. In the early stages of our search, it wasn’t the brand that was high on our agenda , because when I first saw the HR55 at Dusseldorf Boat Show, I found it very dark and heavy, too traditional. Later on, during the research to choose the boat, we have seen many modern looking boats, but for some reason we couldn’t land on a favorite model. In Leamington we happened to come across a spectacular Malo 46, and the second I stepped inside, I knew that was the interior look I wanted in our future yacht… only bigger. That feeling sent us back to Hallberg-Rassy 53-54.
We definitely wanted one level throughout the boat, after seeing a couple of Discovery 58 and Oysters 48-56 which had quite a few steps inside. Then it was the care shown by the manufacturer in the making of the boat. Hallberg-Rassy have all the cupboards lined with wood, practical chart table, the walk-in engine room was a must for Glen. And in every Hallberg-Rassy we saw, we could feel the love of the owners for their boats, as they were all impeccably kept.