Ngahue IV is a Hallberg-Rassy 53, the one-time Hallberg-Rassy flagship yacht. Hallberg-Rassy Varvs AB, a leading boatyard in Sweden. Hallberg-Rassy built 88 units of this model between 1992 and 2006. Ours is hull number 19, completed in spring 1995. Hallberg-Rassy has updated the HR53 model page, which can be accessed via Previous Model HR53. Full details of the boat can be found here.
Ngahue IV was acquired by us - Marco & Laura Thyssen (for more on us, see the Skippers' page) - during the winter of 2015/16. She was at that stage already a venerable lady of some 20 years of age. But as the bigger Hallberg-Rassies are built like rocks, and this boat had spent much of her life in the Baltic, her age was no real concern to us. Under previous owners, Ngahue IV has been called Christina and Tabaluga (a green dragon in a children's television series in Germany). It was from Herr Dr. Bierhoff, owner of Tabaluga, that we bought her in Kiel, Germany and renamed her Ngahue IV, the fourth Hallberg-Rassy yacht with this Maori (New Zealand) navigator's name. The first Ngahue, a Hallberg-Rassy 29, still sails around the Poole area these days; Ngahue II, an HR37, is successfully raced and sailed by Ron Houston; and the former Ngahue III is embarking on a new and exciting future, starting in 2017 - under a new name!
Germán Frers, the leading Argentinian naval architect who has designed all Hallberg-Rassy yachts since the early 1990s, and who we had the honour and pleasure of shaking hands with at the 2017 Düsseldorf BOOT show, developed this successful 53-foot design (which is actually some 54 feet long - or 16m44 in metric terms) and came up with an ocean-going boat that is both pretty fast (at least she was considered such in her days) and quite comfortable. He described his design as "graceful elegance, which will be maintained regardless of time". We fully agree with this assessment! HR53s are also easily sailed by just a couple. In fact, both of us are able to handle her on our own, single-handed when the need arises, even in quite crowded marinas and in challenging cross-wind circumstances. The HR53 lies at the beginning of Hallberg-Rassy's "push-button sailing" concept, which is the norm on most of their bigger boats these days. Reviews of the HR53 in the 1990s were most positive, earning "likes" both for the boat and her hull design - so in all, Germán Frers did a super job.
This is further proved by the fact that the subsequent successor models, the HR 54 & 55 have followed much of the original patterns and lay-out of the ol' 53. The new models just have a straighter stem, a much wider aft sections and therefore a much longer waterline! This makes them faster; and with significantly more room in the aft section, the owner's aft cabin has become a lot roomier too. But for 2 persons and their watermaker, ours is quite big enough!
Summarising then, Ngahue IV is:
> Built by the top boatyard Hallberg-Rassy Varv in Ellös, Sweden
> Designed by that well-known (super) yacht designer Germán Frers
> Extensively equipped for comfortable long-distance and blue water cruising with a crew of 2 (or more)