The Hallberg-Rassy 62 is an evergreen bluewater cruising yacht, which is equally comfortable in Northern waters as it is in the Tropics. CONTRARIAN is equipped for both with 2 central heating systems as well as air conditioning and an easy to manage push button cutter rig. She has a warm traditional mahogany interior with teak and holly soleboards that have been covered since launch, so they look new. Her versatile layout with three guest cabins and enormous aft owners’ stateroom means that she works equally well as an owner-driver yacht or with crew.
She has been substantially upgraded for relaxed serious cruising in this ownership and she is only now offered for sale as her owner has purchased a larger yacht and wishes to reduce his fleet.
Firstly this is a gorgeous yacht to sail and I love the way she handles herself in a good breeze. She absolutely crushes though moderate waves and upwind is a delight.
At 20 knots or so you can still keep the big Genny up and full main and the yacht will do 9 – 10 knots.
At 30 – 40 knots you run the smaller cutter sail and a reefed main and she handles very well there too, with little roll and no hobby horsing.
The hard dodger is great both for wind and sun, and on cold passages, we usually sit under that with the boat on auto pilot. We added a bimini, which is great for sun protection and we leave that up even in 25 knot wind.
In harbour or at anchor the layout is great and the kitchen works well, I have entertained groups of 6 -8 with no problem, and cooked fantastic meals.
The new electric davits are great. We have a RIB with 35hp motor and we can get that in the water and ready in minutes. That is perfect for getting ashore at high speed to pick people up or go to market etc.
Everything works perfectly, and we changed out all appliances and most pumps and chargers, so most of the gear works like new, watermaker, AC, cooker etc.
We have sailed her all around in the Med and at first around the Solent. Most recently we were in the Balearics, Sardinia, Spain, GIbraltar, one season in Canaries, in Tenerife, then to Madeira and then to Greece. We were in Corfu for the last 6 months of the season this year.
In bigger seas she is very stable, and in a squall she is slow to roll down, so easy to manage. In flat seas she cruises at 8 knots and in moderate sea more like 7 knots. In light air we usually motor sail and run at around 7.5 knots.
The boat is designed for a couple to sail, and you can certainly do that. I usually sail with just my skipper and one or two friends, but they don’t need to do anything. When I first bought the yacht I went sailing a couple of times in the Solent just on my own and it was quite easy to sail solo, and also quite easy to dock, although doing that solo takes a bit of practice. But two people can handle that no problem.