A development of the very popular Hallberg-Rassy 34 the German Frers designed Hallberg-Rassy 342 took all the great attributes of the popular 34 and improved upon them where possible. Stretching the lines just slightly to maximising the use of the hull volume to create a brighter and more spacious interior living space. the rig was also stretched and tweaked to improve performance while making the boat easier for a small crew to handle in all conditions.
Sourced by the current owners from The Netherlands ZEPHYR has spent two seasons since her launch stored ashore. Its evident throughout the boat that she has been lightly used and professionally maintained to a very high standard since new. Predominantly cruised by a husband and wife she has proved to be an ideal cruising boat offering great performance under sail while easily handled along with comfortable accommodation below.
Wintering ashore with her full winter cover fitted, viewing is strictly by appointment.
'Like all of the Hallberg-Rassys currently in production, the 342 was designed by noted Argentine naval architect German Frers (who also designed the 34-footer it replaced).It’s clear from crunching the numbers that the builder wanted peppier performance than its predecessor. Everything about the new boat is a little bigger: its waterline length is 15 inches longer, the mast is almost 2 feet taller, and it carries 5 square meters more sail area. It all translates into a boat with a displacement/length ratio of 197, which puts it on the light side of moderate. And with a sail area/displacement figure of 20.1, it’s clear that Frers was not shy about designating horsepower.
The sail plan is encapsulated in a 7/8ths fractional set-up that puts the drive emphasis on a larger mainsail complemented by an easily handled, 105-percent overlapping jib. In the case of the 342, it’s self-tacking as well. (That said, our test boat’s sail power was compromised by a furling main that we’ll address below.) The rig is a deck-stepped, double-spreader configuration with slightly swept-back spreaders and a touch of pre-bend to the aluminum spar. There are two keel options, a shoal-draft fin with attached bulb that draws 5 feet, or the standard 6-foot fin with bulb.
The 342 has a fine entry and minimal overhang at the ends. As naval architect Bob Perry has noted, "Frers likes to knock the corners off his transoms at the sheer and has done so for years. This looks good and helps reduce the visual bulk of the transom." As on Perry’s Valiant 40, the keel and rudder are separated, in the style of contemporary performance cruisers.....
Starting forward and working aft, the 342 sports a husky stemhead fitting with double anchor rollers serviced by a Lewmar horizontal windlass adjacent to a deep chain locker. A Seldén Furlex 200S headsail furler handles the self-tending jib, which tacks on a small track mounted on the coach roof just forward of the deck-stepped Seldén mast. There are a couple of large Lewmar deck hatches and a pair of low-profile dorade vents. Our test boat included the optional spinnaker-gear package with the Seldén pole mounted vertically on the mast. One nifty feature is the standard, nearly 8-feet-long boat hook that’s stationed in its own mount atop the coach roof.
The side decks are clear and unobstructed and measure 18 inches at their widest point. Together, the 2½-inch bulwarks, the 24-inch-high lifelines, and the teak handholds atop the coach roof offer a nice feeling of security when moving fore and aft along the side deck. The lifeline gate on our test boat was fitted well aft on the transom, between the rails of the stainless-steel stern pulpit, which is ideal for boarding the boat via the swim ladder when on the hook, but not as convenient for everyday amidships comings and goings on a dock or from a launch.
All reefing lines and halyards are led aft through a series of turning blocks at the base of the mast to a pair of Lewmar rope clutches to port and starboard of the companionway.These work in conjunction with twin Lewmar 16C winches for hoisting and reefing sails. With the cockpit dodger raised—it fits nicely atop the standard windshield—working space is somewhat compromised, but not excessively so. The cockpit is deep and self-bailing, with 6-foot-9-inch cockpit seats for sleeping or stretching out. The primary winches are Lewmar 40 CST self-tailers. A huge starboard cockpit locker is home to the teak cockpit dining table and a series of nifty slots for the companionway slides. The propane locker is aft. All glasswork in the lockers is impeccable, and serves as a reflection of the boat’s overall construction quality....
The 342’s interior plan is a traditional layout with a double cabin forward housing a V-berth that measures 6 feet, 8 inches wide at the head, 6 feet, 6 inches long, and 22 inches wide at the foot. There is plenty of storage in the pair of lockers abaft the berth, in shelves and lockers above it, and in a large bin beneath it. Headroom is just over 6 feet. The furniture throughout is fashioned of khaya mahogany with a satin-varnish finish that makes for a surprisingly light, airy atmosphere (which is reinforced by the 10 opening ports below).
The main saloon features a central dining table with a pair of 6-foot-2-inch settees to port and starboard. The seat backs for these settees can be raised and hung from the cabinroof for additional storage (though they’re not robust enough to be used as berths). The settees below would make excellent sea berths with the backs in the raised position, except for the fact that the chainplates are anchored in stout fiberglass knees precisely where a sailor, in repose, would be lying. Altogether, it’s a curious, unsatisfactory arrangement.
The L-shaped galley, to port, is at the foot of the companionway, across from the nav station and the head compartment. The galley is a nice, functional space with the requisite drawers, lockers, and counter space, and a useful double sink. The forward-facing nav area is snug, but adequate, with excellent storage under the seat....
Given the fact that one of the stated design objectives of the 342 was to enliven the sailing performance, it was with no small sense of anticipation that we motored out into the Connecticut River last fall. At 2500 rpm, the yacht slid along nicely at an even 6 knots and was maneuverable, turning easily within a boat length. The sound level of the Volvo engine, which is situated in a well-insulated compartment, was not intrusive, registering 72 decibels in the cockpit, 77 in the galley, and 74 in the main saloon.
As luck would have it, though, the breeze on the river was fitful, and there was a fair bit of current running. However, in about 6-8 knots of wind, the boat made a very respectable 4.8-5.2 knots hard on the wind. Cracked off to a beam reach, at a wind angle of 120 degrees with 8 knots of sustained pressure, it made 4.5 knots. When the breeze came on to about 10 knots, we registered 6.2 knots close-hauled. The boat tacked through about 100 degrees and was quite easy to handle alone, thanks to the self-tacking jib.
The test boat was fitted with a suit of Elvstrom Sobstad "offshore performance" Dacron sails. The mainsail was set off an in-mast Seldén furler with vertical battens that provided the sail with a bit more roach than many furling mains, though the leech was somewhat scalloped and not ideal. It’s worth noting that, while proponents of furling mains subscribe to the notion that they’re more manageable than standard mains, it took two people, working in conjunction—one to man the furling line, the other to maintain tension on the outhaul—to strike the main on the 342.....
The 342, then, is an anomaly in today’s marketplace. Well-built, with a good press of sail, and equipped with first-class systems and hardware, it’s a boat that will take its owners, depending on their skills and aspirations, as far as they want to go. The 342 is not necessarily an inexpensive boat when compared to other contemporary 34-footers, but we expect the resale value of this yacht, particularly given its strong debut in the international marketplace, to remain high. It still costs a lot less than 40-footers of similar quality. While, naturally, it won’t exhibit the same turn of speed as a boat with a longer waterline, the 342 is a quick and nimble performer given its size and accommodations.'
Practical Sailor. Boat Review - Hallberg Rassy 342. May 2007.
'PLEASANT SAILING AND COMFORT IN A HANDSOME FORMAT
The Hallberg-Rassy 342 was built 2005-2018 in 329 units. She gives a little more of everything than her predecessor, the almost revolutionary 34, and at the same time offers all the good values that made the Hallberg-Rassy 34, launched 15 years earlier, so successful.
Key words such as sailing performance, timeless elegance, comfort, fine joinery work and ease of handling are valid for both models.
The Hallberg-Rassy 342 has proved to be a sales success from the start.
EFFICIENTLY USED HULL DIMENSIONS
The Hallberg-Rassy 342 uses its hull dimensions to greater effect than the previous 34. Within almost the same dimensions this gives for example:
40 cm (1 ft 3 ½ inches) longer waterline
9 cm (3 ½ inches) longer saloon berths
11 cm (4 ½ inches) longer forward berths
Wider sleeping berths
5 cm (1 ¾ inches) better headroom, now 1.91 m (6 ft 3 inches)
Larger tanks; both fresh water, fuel and holding tanks are increased by 10 litres each
EASY TO HANDLE RIG
The rig is easier to handle with larger mainsail and a smaller, slightly overlapping genoajib. A selftacker is now possible. Frers latest design experience means improved performance. The rudder has spherical self-aligning bearings, giving minimum friction.
The cockpit has more comfortable seating with optimised shape of the backrests and the coamings are up to 5 cm (2 inches) higher, giving improved protection. The cockpit lockers are larger.
Weight distribution is also improved by moving for example the water tank and the batteries further to the centre of the boat. Also the keel bulb is thicker for a lower centre of gravity. All this contributes to improved sailing and seagoing performance.
The interior is brighter due to the larger side windows and the number of opening portlights which have been increased from 5 to 10. The forward cabin deck hatch is larger giving not only more light and ventilation, but it also makes it easier to get sails such as a furling gennaker or a Code Zero in and out. The heads compartment, which now has a Corian sink and countertop, is 6 cm (2 ½ inches) longer and benefits from a dedicated wet locker.
The batteries are of so called flat plate type, which allows deeper cycles than traditional batteries. Their capacity has been improved from 124 to 225 Ah. The engine alternator has been increased from 60 to 115 A.'
ZEPHYR was built in 2007 however not launched and commissioned for her original owner until 2008
CE certified by Germanisher Lloyd to RCD Category A (unlimited ocean voyages)
ZEPHYR was converted from tiller to wheel steering at the time of purchase by the current owners. The works were completed by the dutch HR importer using a kit supplied by HR. Invoices for the works are available. The original tiller is aboard and serves as emergency steering if required.
A development of the original HR34 concept the Frers team tweaked the rig design for the 342 to make it easier to handle for a small crew while retaining the performance. A larger mainsail and small 105% genoa considerably reduce the effort required when beating to windward.
With high quality laid teak decks contrasting against the off white gelcoat the HR342 has a timeless appearance on deck. Well proportioned side decks run the full length of the hull only tapering slightly aft and are largely un-obstructed except in way of the genoa tracks and chainplates midships. The moulded GRP bulwark is topped with a traditional solid teak capping rail onto which stout stanchions are mounted supporting the guardwires running the length of the boat between the robust pulpit and pushpit rails. Mooring cleats are provided forward, midships and aft.
Below decks the interior of 342 differs little from other boats in the HR range. The interior is constructed from high quality mahogany with the finest quality construction and finished in a satin varnish to create a deep rich finish to the interior wood work. The hull is fully lined internally with no GRP visible. ZEPHYR is fitted with the traditional HR blue upholstery with fitted carpets throughout protecting the traditional teak and holly sole boards beneath.
Forward Cabin - Spacious accommodation for two with a generously proportioned V-berth forwards. Bunk measuring 2.14m in length. Sizeable full height standing area at the aft end of the cabin. Storage is provided around the cabin in a selection of overhead lockers outboard, hanging locker aft to starboard and vanity unit with storage locker to port.
Saloon - Occupying the midships area of the boat. Bench settee to starboard with an L shaped settee to port. Both settees convert into berths with the starboard berth extending under the chart table to provide a berth 2.15m in length. Storage is provided around the saloon with locker above the settees outboard with bookshelves and additional storage space beneath the bunks. A solid timber drop leaf table is fitted on the centre line with internal bottle storage; both leaves fold out to cater for a full crew dinning.
Galley - Aft of the saloon on the port side laid out in an L-configuration. Composite stone worktop with mahogany fiddles around edges. Fitted out with a double stainless steel sink, Eno galley stove and top loading fridge the galley is well appointed to cater for a full crew. Ample storage is provided in a selection of drawers and lockers above and below the work surface.
Nav Station - Compact navigation station located opposite the galley with forward facing navigators seat, chart table, chart and general storage along with the ships switch panel.
Heads - Accessed through a door aft of the Nav Station. Heads compartment practically fitted out with all surface finished in an easy clean moulding. The compartment is fitted with manual sea toilet, holding tank, composite stone wash hand basin and counter top, shower and vanity unit.
Zephyr benefits from having had a new bobtail engine fitted in 2015. At the time of our inspection the engine had recorded just 120 hours running. The engine is located under the cockpit sole in a fully sound insulated compartment. Access is gained by lifting up the companionway steps and removing the lower section of the companionway when required. Additional access if provided from the aft cabin to the stern gear and exhaust.
In this case we are acting as brokers only. The Owner is not selling in the course of a business. whilst every care has been taken in their preparation , the correctness of these particulars is not guaranteed. The Purchaser is strongly advised to check the particulars and where appropriate at their expense to employ a qualified Marine Surveyor to carry out a survey and/or to have an engine trial conducted which if conducted by us shall not imply any liability for such engine on our part.
This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.