From 1st December 2018: new web address: New web address of Ngahue IV!!
Ngahue IV is a Hallberg-Rassy 53, which between 1992 and 1997 was the flagship in the Hallberg-Rassy range of yachts. Hallberg-Rassy Varvs AB is a leading Swedish boatyard, based in Ellös, just north of Gothenburg on the West coast of Sweden. The fascinating company history can be read on its website.
Hallberg-Rassy built 88 units of its HR53 model between 1992 and 2006. Ours is hull number 19, completed and launched in May 1995. Some time ago, Hallberg-Rassy updated the Previous Model HR53 web-page on the company site; it can be be accessed via this link. Full technical details of this model can be found here, together with plans, photos and a commentary from its designer, Germán Frers.
Ngahue IV was acquired by us - Marco & Laura (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 generally built like tanks (dixit Carl Adams of Adams Boat Care, a Yard that specialises in refitting Swedish yachts and Hallberg-Rassies in particular and which is situated near Ellös), and our future boat had spent much of her life in the Baltic Sea, her age was of no real concern to us. Under the two previous owners, Ngahue IV was respectively called 'Christina' and 'Tabaluga' (the latter name being a green dragon in a children's television series on German TV).
We bought our boat from Herr Dr. Bierhoff, owner of 'Tabaluga', when she was based 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 which I owned from new from 1990, is very much alive and well and still sails around the Poole (UK) area these days and looks as good as in 1990. We actually crossed tracks with her in the summer of 2018, and her general condition says something about how well Hallberg-Rassies keep when they are well-looked after.
Ngahue II, an HR37 which I also acquired from new in 2004, is successfully raced and sailed by Ron Houston in the U.K. and beyond
The former Ngahue III, an HR43 also from 2004, and which I acquired in 2013 has embarked on a new and exciting future under a new name with another Dutch owner from Friesland. We have been informed that he plans to do some long-distance sailing in her!
Germán Frers, the successful Argentinian naval architect who has designed all Hallberg-Rassy yachts since 1989 (when he started with the HR45) and whom 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). He came up with an ocean-going boat that is both fast (at least she was considered as such in her days) and very comfortable. He described his design as "graceful elegance, which will be maintained regardless of time". We fully agree with this assessment, and always recognise "our" boat out of dozens in marinas.
Like all Hallberg-Rassy yachts, the HR53 is also easily sailed by just a couple. In fact, both of us are able to sail her single-handed when the need arises, even in quite crowded marinas and in challenging cross-wind circumstances. The HR53 is amongst the first models where Hallberg-Rassy fully developed its successful "push-button sailing" concept around 1997. Reviews of the HR53 in the 1990s (there seems to be only one that remains available today via the Internet - remember, then was not a very digital age yet!) were most positive, earning "likes" both for the boat and her hull design. So in all, Germán Frers did a super job.
To summarise, 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)
To find out more about Ngahue IV, feel free to browse our simple, but hopefully informative website and click on the headings in the left column. They will take you to the relevant pages. And to see where Ngahue IV currently is, we've added a page with a link to our Yellow/Brick Internet page. This shows our trip since February 2018, starting from Antigua, when Laura programmed our Y/B tracker and its related website; she will also be using this as her own sub-site for our trips. The Yellow/Brick page is the last link in the left-hand column here.