August 1, 2014
When we were contacted by the owners of DREAMCATCHER to say that, on completion of the World ARC, they and DREAMCATCHER would stop off at Lymington and she would be put up for sale, we were delighted and intrigued. She is a superbly equipped Hallberg-Rassy 48, set up for serious cruising and a planet circuit beneath her keel proves this. More importantly, she made her trip with a husband and wife team and no other crew.
A world trip for 2 people means that both yacht and crew need to be in harmony and it is clear that team DREAMCATCHER managed this superbly. The following article in Yachting World sums up the challenges and how they were overcome:
Another thing that was crucial to the owners was sailing performance. Coming from an X-Yacht they did not want to endure ponderous performance and they needed a yacht where the experience of sailing was still enjoyable. Having looked at all the options the Hallberg-Rassy 48 was chosen as the best fit. Of course in very light airs she is not the fleetest, no blue water yacht is, but in anything over 10 knots of breeze she performs beautifully.
A look at her specifications will show that the sails and deckgear have been upgraded by the current owners to get the best out of her.
Internally the yacht still smells new and her layout is with the galley at the bottom of the companionway on the starboard side. For long distance sailing this is absolutely the best option as the cook can easily wedge themselves into the galley area and still have good contact with the person on watch. Hallberg-Rassy make what are probably the most comfortable chairs on the planet; two can be found to port in the main saloon and there is still space for a large table and seating area to starboard.
The engine room is also a joy to see with all the systems logically laid out and many updates from the owners, including additional filters and safeguards, all of which are essential when you are voyaging to the ends of the Earth, where dirty fuel and systems failures can do more than just spoil your day.
There is a great article about DREAMCATCHER and her crew, with Elaine Bunting onboard, transiting the Panama Canal shown below:
On arrival at Berthon, DREAMCATCHER was prepared for her new owner. Anything that looked remotely worn was serviced or replaced from hatches to the brand new gel batteries that glisten in her battery boxes. She is completely ready for more oceans and stacks of adventures. All that is now needed is a coat of antifoul and a couple of trips to Waitrose, fortunately a hop and a skip away from us here at Berthon, and you’re off. She is being sold with a very complete inventory of spares which are just about right for her next planet circuit.
To visit DREAMCATCHER live please do ask and we’d be happy to show you around.
Contact Sue Grant – firstname.lastname@example.org