Cloudy Bay is a Hallberg-Rassy 54 launched in Sweden in 2008. She is hull 21, out of 44 built. The design is by Germán Frers. HR54 is a dedicated blue-water cruiser, built to stand against the worst weather conditions, but also to live in.
Why we love her?
She is one of the finest built cruising sailboats in the world! The center cockpit is comfortable, feels very safe and sheltered. The woodwork is exceptional, making the teak interior very elegant. We liked the layout with a master aft cabin, and a very generous guests cabin in front of the mast with a double berth. The walk-in engine room is a real man’s-cave, any sailor’s dream. The floor is in one level throughout the boat, which provides easy movement throughout the boat even in choppy seas.
To begin with, we felt very much overwhelmed with the size of the boat and the rig. But now, we feel in control over such an impressive yacht. And we know she will take us anywhere, in any weather. That’s a nice feeling of security.
Why named her Cloudy Bay? Derek, the previous owner, named her after the famous New Zealander wine. We liked the name, and kept it as such.
HR54 basic stats:
Hull length 16.74 m 54’ 11’’
Waterline at rest 14.30 m 46’ 11’’
Beam 4.70 m 15’ 5’’
Draught 2.30 m 7’ 6 1/2’’*
Displacement 26.3 t 58 000 lbs
Lead keel 9.75 t 21 500 lbs
Sail area with genoa 175.5 m² 1 890 ft2
Engine Volvo Penta 180HP
Mast over water 24.50 m 80’ 5’’
The full specifications are here.
The official Hallberg Rassy 54 brochure with images of the interior is here. Cloudy Bay’s layout and color scheme is the same, the only differences are: saloon upholstery is cream (without the blue accents), we do not have dishwasher and the cockpit table is a different model.