Hallberg Rassy 352 Matilda
Matilda is a Hallberg Rassy 352. She was built in 1983 and she is hull number 315 out of more than 800 build in total between 1979 and 1991.
The previous owner had done a good job in upgrading the boat by replacing the engine and the rig and also removing the worn out teak deck.
Some people say that a Hallberg Rassy without a teak deck isn’t a real Hallberg Rassy. Well, although I like teak decks, I think that the professionally done paint work on deck looks great. It is environmentally friendly, anstislip and does not get that hot in summer.
The complete rig was upgraded too with a brand new double spreader mast from Selden. The HR352 had 2 mast options during her production period. First boats were mostly equipped with a single spreader shorter mast while most of the later production boats were delivered with the taller double spreader mast (which was 1.4m taller). When the previous owner replaced the mast he decided to go somewhere in between. He ordered a mast which was 80cm longer than the short HR mast but with two pairs of spreaders. The main sail slides up and down the mast on Rutgerson MDS cars and is fully battened. This makes hoisting and reefing (even under load) easy peasy and the full battens significantly improve sailing performance upwind.
The original Volvo MD21B engine was replaced recently by a Vetus Diesel M4.17 This engine is based on a Mitsubishi diesel and is SOLAS certified for installation in life and rescue boats. Power transmission is dove by the means of a hydraulically operated marine gearbox TM 345A. A Centa marine coupling is installed for torsional vibration damping resulting in a noise reduction of up to 5dB. It is said that these engines are quite robust but that they suffer from corrosion issues of the heat exchange system. This issue was solved some years ago as I was told by a Vetus representative on the “Boot 2015” exhibition in Düsseldorf Germany, He said that all heat exchangers are undergoing a special treatment from 2011 on and that he could check if my engine was one of those. This is what he wrote after I sent him the engines serial number:
“Vetus Mitsubishi engines build after June 2011 have heatexchangers who have a cathodic e-coating also known as KTL-coating. During cathodic e-coating, an electric current is used to apply the paint to the body permanently. This can be checked by removing a (seawater)hose from the heatexchanger. The inside will be coated black instead of uncoated. Your engine is build and delivered in 2012 and should have a heatexchanger with this special coating.”
Maybe also interresting for someone: Vetus joined the Yanmar Group on April 2013