A development of the very popular Hallberg-Rassy 34 the Hallberg-Rassy 342 took all the great attributes of the popular 34 and improved upon them where possible. Maximising the use of the hull volume to create a brighter and more spacious interior living space while modernising the rig to improve performance while making the boat easier for a small crew to handle in all conditions.
Commissioned by her original Dutch owners 'Etoile' was collected direct from the Hallberg-Rassy factory before cruising in Scandinavia, Denmark and Holland. Purchased by her current owners in 2012 she arrived in Scotland again under her own keel and has extensively cruised the Western Isles since. Providing comfortable accommodation for a crew of six she has proved to be an ideal cruising boat. The HR342 has become much admired for her sailing performance and is capable of out performing many of her larger sisters, Etoile benefits from having tiller steering which give the skipper much more feel of boat than the popular wheel steering versions.
Currently lying afloat and in commission here at Ardfern she is still in regular use, viewing by appointment is recommended.
Constructed with GRP moulded hull and deck mouldings constructed in the traditional hand lay-up style. Hull moulding with isophtalic gelcoat and a vinylester based barrier coat outside a traditional polyester hull laminate. Hull cored above the waterline with iconic HR integrated rubbing strake and brass coping strip. Deck moulding of balsa sandwich type construction with cockpit and side deck finished with traditional style teak laid decks. Both hull and deck mouldings are in the standard HR off white with blue sheerband and style stripes.
Under water profile of modern fin keel type with spade rudder and bolt on lead ballast keel secured to a short stub keel.
All spars and rigging by Selden. 7/8ths fractional, double spreader sloop rig with in mast roller reefing for mainsail. Alloy mast and spars all finished anodised in silver, including rod kicker and whisker pole. Backstay adjuster of block and tackle type. Forestay fitted with Selden Furlex roller reefing system. All sail control lines lead aft to cockpit for Mainsail and Genoa.
The Volvo Penta D1-30 engine is located within its own dedicated sound insulated engine space beneath the cockpit sole. Access is via opening panels at the front and port side of the space providing good access around the engine for maintenance purposes. The engine is fitted with a standard Volvo Saildrive with the propellor having been upgraded in 2013 to a Gori 3 blade folding prop. Ships batteries consist of one dedicated engine start battery and two domestic (replaced 2015) batteries, all of lead acid type.
With high quality laid teak decks contrasting against the off white gelcoat the 342 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.
To port on the foredeck is the self draining anchor locker, accessed through a hinged hatch. The Lewmar electric anchor windlass is mounted centrally on the deck aft with the chain self stowing directly in the anchor locker.
The GRP moulded coach roof is relatively high above the deck line and is finished with a non-slip textured moulding. Sizable opening deck hatches are sighted fore and aft of the deck stepped mast. All control lines and halyards run aft form the mast along port and starboard sides of the coachroof to a bank of Spinlock clutches in the cockpit.
Well protected by the standard Hallberg-Rassy fixed windscreen and deep teak topped coamings the aft cockpit is of generous proportions for a boat of 34'. Cockpit seating and sole are all finished with laid teak panels in a traditional style. The rudder stock has been kept as far aft as possible in the cockpit allowing the tiller to fold up leaving the cockpit free from obstruction when at anchor or alongside. A self draining gas locker and two sizeable storage lockers are provided under the cockpit seating.
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. Etoile is fitted with the traditional HR blue upholstery and benefits from lighter fitted carpets in contrast to the darker timber and upholstery.
The forepeak provide spacious accommodation for two with a generously proportioned V-berth forwards and a 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.
A spacious saloon occupies the midships area of the boat with bench settees running along the port and starboard sides. 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.
Occupying the aft end of the main living space the galley is located to port in an L-configuration. Fitted out with a double stainless steel sink, Force 10 galley range 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.
A compact navigation station is located opposite the galley with forward facing navigators seat, chart table, chart and general storage along with the ships switch panel.
The heads compartment on the starboard side is practically fitted out with all surface finished in an easy clean moulding. The compartment is fitted with manual sea toilet, holding tank, sink, shower and vanity unit.
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.