Marine & OffshoreJanuary 19, 2024

Meet Hallberg-Rassy’s greatest yacht to date

Learn how Swedish yacht builder Hallberg-Rassy combines traditional craftsmanship with modern design tools to build its sailing yachts right the first time.
Avatar Lindsay James

Hallberg-Rassy yachts are known far and wide for their sturdy construction, superb craftsmanship and easy handling – enabling effortless, long-distance sailing. Since 1987, Hallberg-Rassy has worked with Frers Naval Architechture and Engineering in Argentina, one of the most talented yacht designers of our time, to give each of their yachts their unique grace. The details are then designed in-house by Hallberg-Rassy in close cooperation with Frers.

The latest Hallberg-Rassy yacht – the 69 – is described by the company’s CEO Magnus Rassy as “the greatest Hallberg-Rassy ever”.

As the company’s biggest yacht to date, the Hallberg-Rassy 69 features an expansive deck flushed forward of the mast, as well as a large interior which benefits from an unusual amount of natural light – giving the crew full contact with the outside world. And, like all Hallberg-Rassy yachts, the 69 also includes PushButtonSailing, which means that the sail can be set or the anchor can be lowered at the push of a button.

Creating a yacht like this requires extraordinary skill. Most of the engineering and manufacturing processes for Hallberg-Rassy yachts – including the lamination, woodwork and all the technical installations – takes place in-house in Sweden, and a huge amount of work is still done by hand – just as it has been for over 50 years.

However, the company is careful to balance these traditional methods of construction with new, modern technologies that help it eliminate waste, verify its designs and ensure that its yachts are built right the first time – with no need for physical prototypes.

As a long-term customer of Dassault Systèmes, it was a logical decision for Hallberg-Rassy to move to the 3DEXPERIENCE platform on the cloud. Hallberg-Rassy’s designers can break down barriers in the product development process and consider the impact of individual components’ weight, strength, volume and surface material at the earliest design stages. Consolidating all parts into a unified virtual twin validates the yacht design, eliminating the need for costly mock-ups and reducing associated waste. It’s also a powerful marketing asset to present the sailing yachts to customers and key stakeholders.

“We use the 3DEXPERIENCE platform to look at the yacht before we actually build it,” said Rassy. “We can test different looks and different proportions, and we can build many different prototypes in the digital world. Once we start to build the real yacht, it’s not a prototype, it’s hull number one in the serial production.” 

Learn how Hallberg-Rassy yields multiple benefits by using Dassault Systèmes’ technologies.  

The flagship Hallberg-Rassy 69 will be unveiled at the world’s largest boat show, Boot Düsseldorf, which takes place from Jan. 20 to 28 2024. Visitors can see the 69, as well as the Hallberg-Rassy 400 and Hallberg-Rassy 340, on stand 16 B 58.

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