June 9 2017
According to the Swedish shipyard, this brand new model, replacing the Hallberg-Rassy 342, would deliver "the best Hallberg-Rassy stands for combined with the latest in design from Frers".
She will provide higher comfort and performance in the concept and will raise the bar to a level no-one previously thought was possible for a boat of this size. The all-new Hallberg-Rassy 340 provides fast, easy and comfortable sailing at a new level.
The new Hallberg-Rassy 340 has an upright bow for contemporary appearance, long waterline and fine sea worthiness with a rounded underwater body. The boat has an integrated bowsprit, an ideal position for connecting the tack of a code zero or a gennaker, carrying an anchor, or for a bow ladder that will make it easy to enter or depart from the boat in natural harbours or low docks.
For the first time at Hallberg-Rassy, optional twin steering wheels are offered. The standard version is with a tiller. In both cases, the deep cockpit gives the helmsman good side protection. The design gives an easy passage through the cockpit. As a Hallberg-Rassy tradition, the cockpit is very well-protected. The cockpit length is a generous 2.83 m, which is no less than 42 cm longer than the predecessor 342. The rudder arrangement, like the Hallberg-Rassy 44, has double rudder blades. This provides an easily controlled boat during all sailing conditions, especially in tough weather.
For the first time in this size of boat, Hallberg-Rassy offers the possibility to order a large folding bathing platform. When the platform is closed, an elegant closed transom occurs. By default there is a fixed platform aft of the helmsman and a step down to the water.
Hallberg-Rassy announces a modern sail plan. The head sail furler is an under-deck fitted Furlex TD. Cap shrouds and lowers are divided with separated chainplates. That gives easy passage on deck, good set up for sheeting the head sail and to create a wide steady support for the mast. A backstay tensioner with a powerful purchase 1:32 comes as standard. The head sail has a small overlap which makes it easy to tack. There is also a possibility to get a self-tacking arrangement. The waterline is 10.1 m, no less than 1.01 m longer than the precursor 342. According to Frers speed diagram, a loaded Hallberg-Rassy 340 will log 7.31 knots in a 90 degree true wind angle with only 10 knots true wind.