Hamble , GB

Hallberg-Rassy Rasmus 35

£ 39,990 VAT Paid

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  • Year 1978
  • Length 34.45 ft | 10.5 m
  • Beam 3.05 meter
  • Max Draft 1.3 meter
  • Engine Beta  

Boat Details

A rather stunning example of this 'Blue Chip' cruising ketch from the much acclaimed Swedish HR Yard. This Hallberg-Rassy Rasmus 35 with traditional long keel, wheel steering, and centre cockpit is now available on the market after MUCH investment, cossetting and passion spent. She may have been moulded in 1978 but has been re-born in 2015/2016.


The blue print for the Halberg-Rassy Concept.

The Rasmus 35 was designed by the leading Swedish designer of elegant yachts of the 1960s, Olle Enderlein.

760 boats were made during twelve years between 1967 and 1978.

The name "Rasmus" is the God of Winds in Germany. The design of the Rasmus 35 was in many ways ahead of its time.

It was the first sailing yacht in the world with a windscreen which made her centre cockpit very well protected, whilst keeping  her elegant lines. This was the blueprint for the Hallberg-Rassy concept.

The first two Rasmus were built entirely of mahogany and each took one year to construct. From hull number 3 both the hull and the superstructure were made of GRP.

The Rasmus 35 also has a powerful engine, these important basic points, together with timeless lines makes this yacht still pleasing today and she will also be as attractive in decades from now, a timeless classic. In other words, this is a genuine Hallberg-Rassy

The Rasmus has been awarded its own association. The name is "Rasmusklubben" (The Rasmus Club) and already has many members. The club organises meetings both at sea in the summer and onshore in the wintertime to encourage interchange of hints and experiences.


Offers 6 berths in a two double and two single configuration including the main saloon and aft cabin.

Main Saloon

  • Mahogany Interior
  • Fabric upholstery (recent)
  • Eberspacher heating (all cabins)
  • 12v LED cabin lighting
  • Shore power
  • Carpets Available


  • Linear Galley
  • Spinflo gas cooker with oven; grill and two hotplates
  • Stainless Steel Sink with hot and cold pressurised water with  mixer tap
  • Refrigerator.


  • Marine Electric WC
  • Washbasin with hot and cold pressurised water
  • Shower
  • Ventilation vent

Mechanical and Electrical

  • Beta Marine 43hp shaft driven inboard 4 cylinder diesel engine with technodrive gearbox (2:1)
  • 3 x Batteries ( 1 x Engine & 2 x Domestic ) 
  • Battery charging from 2 seperate engine mounted alternators.
  • Electric anchor windlass ( Requires engine running ) 
  • Mains shore power

Navigation and Electronics

  • E95 Raymarine Multi Function Display 2015
  • GPS AIS  above
  • RD 418D 4KW Digital Radome scanner
  • Raynet I50 / I60 Wind, Speed and Wind package. 
  • I70 Colour Instrument Chart Plotter
  • Raymarine Evolution Auto pilot
  • AIS 650 Class B Transceiver
  • Ray60 VHF Radio with fist mic
  • VTronix Windex aerial and direction indicator.


  • Ketch Rig
  • Selden anodised alloy spars - new in 2015
  • Stainless Steel Standing Rigging 2015/2016
  • Terylene Braid Running - Main, Mizzen &.Genoa
  • Single line mainsail reefing.
  • Furling headsail System


  • Main - Good
  • Genoa - New in 2017
  • Mizzen - New in 2018

Deck and Safety Equipment

  • Dock warps x 2 (various other rope & cordage)
  • 6 x Mooring cleats (bow;midships & aft)
  • 6 x Fenders
  • Boathook
  • Deck Brush
  • 3 x Rope clutches(main & Jib Furlers)
  • Cockpit Cushions
  • Boarding Ladder
  • Pushpit
  • Pulpit
  • 2 x Bilge Pumps - (Electric/Manual)
  • Harness Points (Bow & Aft)
  • Lifebuoy
  • Danbuoy
  • Navigation lights
  • Horn
  • Lalizas Life link
  • Double guard wires
  • Solid GRP & Glass Cockpit cover
  • Anchor 15kg with 30m x 3/8 chain
  • Electric Windlass with warping drum controlled by remote/foot controls
  • 2 x .bowrollers


  • Halyard x 3 - Lewmar - 2 speed
  • Primary x 2 - Lewmar - 2 speed 
  • Winch Handles x 2 

Owners story...We think this will explain all.

History and the ups and downs of renovating an old Rasmus Ketch

I love PBO and for months had a copy of the July 2015 edition by my bed - over that summer the kids constantly protested  - we simply could not fit all five of us on our 17 ft Crabber, and certainly none of their friends.

The article was about Scandinavian cruisers and had a Hallberg Rassy Rasmus as the main picture - she looked perfect, strong, good keel, safe, sheltered, seaworthy and kind. 

I kept the magazine for months beside the bed and one day my daughter picked it up and said those fateful words “lets see if we can find one - they look perfect”.

On to the internet and guess what, she found one - price though far too high... 

We all visited Andaxi II lying in Newhaven ...and sitting on the mud, she hadn't been sailed for 10 years.

he was built in 1979... when commissioned by an officer on HMS Kent, then purchased by a lovely man, Jim Clark... and renamed Andaxi II. Jim and his wife loved her and sailed on many a trip across the channel, but after 10 years he had to sell due to ill health to her current owner as a live aboard. 

The story should have ended here, yes she was perfect, everything we all would love and no more abortive crossings of the Solent in 20 plus knot winds in our Crabber. 

She was overpriced and would cost a fortune to renovate - I farm and build industrial units and do not renovate boats -  common sense and the wife said walk away - but no - the family loved her and so did I.

This was looking dangerous so at this stage I let the professionals take over i.e. appoint a surveyor and send in the wife to negotiate the price!

Survey returns - osmosis present and all rigging, engine, decking, needing complete renovation. Budget probably about £40,000 - max £50,000 - but we would have a boat for life. I didn’t want anything smart, just a landrover of the seas that will look after my family, and how difficult can it be to renovate a boat?

The Crabber sold and the purchase of Andaxi II agreed at the same price. Result, this was looking good so I thought - this is a lifetime holiday paid up front and far cheaper than taking the kids abroad and more fun than a pension. 

Off we go - she comes out of the water, masts off and into Simon’s shed, hull peeled ready to dry out over the winter whilst the other works are done to keep the team busy.

Engine - this was the original Volvo, cost to renovate probably £1100. Spare parts are hard to find and the cost of a new one Beta Marine 43 approx. £6900 - surely this is a better investment and it will simply slot into the same hole? Also to allow for modern electrics we may as well have twin alternators to charge batteries….

Rigging - she has not been sailed for 10 years and new rigging required. I would like an inner forestay (all problems I have had have been with failing roller furlers),  also lazy jacks with a new stack a pack system for the main.  This means a new boom and halyards in the mast, stays etc.  The estimate for new boom, basic rigging and halyard, winches and alteration to the old mast just £6000. 

The cost for complete new Selden masts, including the mizzen, booms, all rigging, lights, winches would be £20,600 - surely this makes sense?

Whist we are replacing the engine we may as well fit a new fuel tank, black and grey water tanks and heads.  Also makes sense redo all the steering and fit an autopilot, also why not fit heating, and the gas tanks need moving from the anchor locker in the bow.  She only had a 4mm anchor chain -  I wanted 10mm chain minimum and 40m of it, and that means a windlass and new batteries.

My medium renovation now turns into a major renovation - in fact what aren't we replacing! The teak deck, badly worn and whilst not leaking is in very poor condition and the cock pit deck was steel plate - rather cold on the toes. The teak then goes and is replaced with Permateek.

The trouble with a traditional boat yard, firstly they are perfectionists, secondly there is nothing they can’t make and thirdly they love renovating boats. Simon, the boss and perfectionist, Steve, the shipwright, Dick, master of all things to be polished and fettled, Rupert, the surveyor/chippy, and Mike Stevens, the rigger.

What I did not realise that if someone sells you an engine just multiply the cost by three to ensure it is installed and allow for a complete engine bay re design to get access to to it.

If you want heating OK, but installation, now that is another matter.  As for tanks - fitting them in to an old boat, plus all the pumps, gauges and seacocks, that is an art. It all makes the rigging look simple! 

So we have got this far, we do have dreams of crossing the Channel and visiting the Baltic with the HROA ,so what about navigation equipment? A mate is a BA pilot who loves sailing and to date my iPad has been fine - sadly no longer - so in comes radar, AIS,  Raymarine plotter and new PV panel etc etc - now that also means new batteries and cabling. 

What have we got? A brand new boat, from keel up and I won’t tell you the final figure but needless to say if you ever have watched Grand Designs on telly and they say that have completely renovated a castle for £50,000,  we know they are all lying by a huge margin.  I now have serious sympathy for government budget overruns in the Navy but at least I will be able to access my engine unlike a Type 45!

However, our first sea trial off Newhaven in 20 knot gusting winds with a terrible sea state was a huge success with Andaxi II cutting through the waves like the destroyer she was originally named after and it suddenly all seemed worthwhile.  

A boat to last a life time, 

Observations from a surveyor upon completion of the re-build...

Description of Re-fit Work

  • Internally, the vessel has undergone the following work:-
  • Re-fit of heads compartment
  • New headliners and hull liners throughout
  • Re-fit of the galley
  • New hob and sink unit
  • New oven 
  • Installation of black and grey water tanks, including pump out systems
  • Refurbishment of water tank
  • Installation of drinking water system
  • Complete re-installation of the electrical systems, including 12 volt DC and 230 volt AC systems
  • Re-fit of gas system
  • New engine and stern gear installation
  • Replacement fuel tank, filters and pipework
  • New Eberspacher warm air heating system
  • New suite of Navigation equipment
  • Refurbishment of upholstery

The hull has received externally:-

  • Full osmosis treatment of the hull and rudder including sheathing in cloth and epoxy, followed by an International gel shield system
  • All skin fittings and valves below the waterline replaced
  • Repaint of transom and making good of paint damage elsewhere to a high standard

On deck, the vessel has received:-

  • New ‘Permateak’ deck planking
  • New electric anchor winch
  • New anchor and 10mm chain
  • Replacement stanchions and bases
  • Replacement mooring cleats
  • Modified aft rail and boarding ladder
  • New GRP cockpit locker lids
  • New aluminium framed wheelhouse screen
  • Complete new rig, including main and mizzen masts and booms

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