Eleutheria is an exceptional Hallberg-Rassy. She benefits from having spent most of her life in the Great Lakes. She was delivered to her one and only owner at the Hallberg-Rassy yard in Ellos, Sweden in 2005. The owner took a year to sail from Sweden across the Atlantic to the Caribbean, and then north and west into the Great Lakes. For the last nine years Eleutheria has been used seasonally on Lake Superior. Each winter she has been hauled and shrink wrapped.
In 2001, Hallberg-Rassy began building the HR43; the first in a new generation of Frers-designed cruisers with a significant improvement in sailing performance over the prior generation Frers-designed Hallberg-Rassy 42. The new design benefits from extra waterline length, increased volume aft, greater form stability, more efficient keel and rudder, and increased sail area. This is most notable in light air where the increased power and easier driven hull will really be apparent to anyone who has sailed on an older Hallberg-Rassy design. Relative to the HR42F, the cockpit is larger and deeper. The aft stateroom is massive; indeed it’s larger than on an HR46. The forward stateroom has an impressive array of storage lockers and the forward head has a huge, separate stall shower. With 150 HR 43s built between 2001 and 2008, this model is recognized as a modern offshore cruising classic. Eleutheria is hull No. 109 of this model. In 2008, minor changes were made to the deck and interior of the HR43 and the design continued in production as the HR43 MkIII until 2016 when it was replaced by a new model; the Hallberg-Rassy 44.
The boat has two saloon sofas and two separate aft cabin berths, in addition to double V-berth. Fabric covering is extremely durable Italian Alcantara synthetic ultrasuede in fern green. All interior woodwork in light mahogany matt silk finish. Locker doors with rounded edges and ventilation above as far as possible. Floor is varnished wood with inlaid holly strips. Saloon ceiling has paneling with mahogany strips and ceilings in remainder of boat have light lining. High quality cushions on all berths 12 cm / 5’’ thick sandwich foam resting on unvarnished, well ventilated boards to avoid condensation. Hand holds are in all the right positions. The boat is carpeted (light blue), except directly in front of the galley, press studs avoid movement. All portholes are fitted with beige curtains. Curtains are also under the skylights. Four Hella 12V turbo fans assist air flow.
Saloon: The settee offers comfortable seating. On the port side a 2.13 m / 7’ long L-sofa that has backrests with hinges so that the space behind can be utilized as storage. The sofa corner is rounded. On starboard side is a 1.98 m 6´6´´ long settee. The backrest can be lifted to enable total width to be used for sleeping accommodation. Between the settees is a strong table with elegantly rounded edges and foldable sides. Top opening bottle storage is provided in the table. Headroom in saloon 1.97 m / 6’5’’.
Galley: Working surface in white laminate with strong, all round fiddle rail. A top opening fridge is in the galley and a top opening freezer is aft of the navigation station. Extra deep, double stainless steel sink with hot/cold freshwater single lever faucet. Two burner gimballed propane stove with oven and fiddle rails and locking device for oven door and also for the stove when in use in the marina. Electric propane solenoid valve. Crockery locker and cutlery drawer. Bread board. Room for saucepans and other kitchen utensils. There are special places for the waste bin and other items.
Forward Head: Access to the toilet compartment is freely available from any part of the boat without disturbing anybody. Bulkheads and lockers in white laminate. Teak grating. Wash basin and countertop in Corian. There is a large mirror fitted. Separate shower with watertight shower stall, plexi glass doors. Shower water drained by pump directly overboard without going into bilges. Hand switch for shower pump for utmost safety. Strong, reliable pump action toilet. Stainless holding tank, emptied by gravity or by deck pump out. Cupboard above and below washbasin. Ventilation through opening porthole and a hatch, with milk coloured acrylic glass to let light but no view in.
Forward Cabin: The door to the forward cabin has been arranged in such a way to allow free movement for dressing and undressing. Two 2.13 m/7’ long berths with ample stowage above and below and in addition a number of lockers. A hatch and opening porthole. Storage bins are located below the "V" berth.
Chart Table and Walkthrough: A comfortable chart table seat with spacious chart table. Above a shelf and space for mounting instruments including Radar/ chart plotter etc. Electric panel to the right of the navigator. Five drawers and stowage slots. There is a larger rubber sealed two-door access to the engine room off the walkthrough. Good headroom in the walkthrough thanks to use of cockpit coaming for headroom. On portside there is a wet locker and various cupboards.
Aft Cabin: Aft cabin has a hanging locker on portside and two comfortable berths, one 2.00 m / 6’7’’ long x 90 cm / 3’ wide and the other 2.00 m / 6’7’’ long and 1.35 m / 4’5’’ wide. Stowage room below and above. There is a mirror fitted. Seat between the berths.
Aft Head: As forward toilet. The separate shower has plexi glass doors. Ventilation through an opening window.
The hull of "Eleutheria" is white gel coat with a white coach roof, blue sheer, boot, and coaming stripes. The keel is an external lead casting bolted to a sloped fiberglass keel stub. The hull and deck are insulated with closed cell foam. The fiberglass decks and coach roof are overlaid with teak and black rubber with a teak caprail on raised bulwark and teak handrails on the coach roof. A molded-in rub rail capped with stainless steel protects the hull on both sides. "Eleutheria" is fitted with a factory installed windshield and soft dodger. Under the dodger are port and starboard varnished outer chart tables for navigation equipment and chart layout. There are three D-rings in the cockpit to attach to tethers. The cockpit sole is a teak grate. There are two large drains in the cockpit. On deck stowage is in four lockers. A large cockpit lazarette with stowage for companionway wash boards is under the starboard cockpit settee. Forward is a top opening chain locker with shelf and room for fenders, lines and other gear. There is a large locker located in the stern accessed by two deck hatches. The propane locker is on the starboard side deck. All lockers drain overboard. Stainless steel stanchions, push pit and pulpit are connected by double, uncoated wire lifelines with opening gates, port, starboard and aft. There’s an integrated swim step on the transom with a stainless steel folding swim ladder.
Engine and Engine Room: Engine Volvo Penta D2-75, 55 kW/75 HP 4 cylinder 2.2 Litres cylinder volume. Mounted with four rubber feet on strong foundations to avoid vibration and noise. Hydraulic transmission. Gori folding propeller. Water-cooled rubber exhaust pipe. Freshwater cooled engine. The hot freshwater circuit is led into a 40 L / 11 US gallon well insulated hot water tank. Due to the good insulation water remains hot for many hours after the engine has been run. The engine is served by a separate 12 V battery. There is a large filter for cooling water. The bilge pump has been installed in a position where it can be cleaned even in extremely bad weather conditions. MasterVolt Whisper Genset.