Hallberg-Rassy – Ellös, Sweden

Each year Hallberg-Rassy hosts an Open Yard for sailors and dreamers at Ellös on the island of Orust on the west coast of Sweden. Now in its 25th year, it’s the largest sailboat show in Scandinavia offering the chance to meet boat builders and equipment suppliers. Also on show are pre-owned boats of Hallberg-Rassy, Najad, Malö plus other premium brands too. It’s always been our goal to visit the birthplace of Blue Heeler!

Blue Heeler was built at the Ellös yard of Hallberg-Rassy in 1996 – Production number 100. Only 209 HR-39s were built between 1991 and 2003.

We left Blue Heeler berthed at Mollösund and our friend Karl drove us to Ellös to inspect the new models, walk through the workshops and visit the origin of our floating home.

Wayne and Karl checking out the gadgets on the new model 57

On display at the event was the new 57 foot Hallberg-Rassy. On board we chatted to CEO Magnus Rassy, the son of founder Christoph Rassy. The 57 is a beautiful yacht with a spacious interior, exquisite detail and finish with European Oak. Although well out of our price range, it was a pleasure to look over the new 57 and imagine us at the helm sailing it around the world. We also stepped aboard the same model currently under construction so we could see details usually unseen and hidden behind finished woodwork. I also had the opportunity to meet Christoph Rassy, the original founder of Hallberg Rassy, who was very pleased we had sailed all the way from Australia and said Blue Heeler was most welcome to berth at the Hallberg Rassy docks.

There were a number of used Hallberg-Rassy, Najad and Malö for sale at the Open Yard. One HR39 almost identical to ours was for sale (its production number is 47).

HR39 #100 constructed here

The visit allowed Wayne the chance to speak with Volvo dealers, other exhibitors, carpenters and boat-builders, plus visit the Spare Parts section where almost any part for a Hallberg-Rassy yacht can be sourced.

We’ve owned Blue Heeler ten years this month and we’ve kept the boat maintained as best as we can, but it helps having a well-made and sturdy vessel.

All being well, Blue Heeler should look after us for at least another ten years!

The HR39 is no longer produced but here is a link to find out more about this model.

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