This About Ngahue IV page started off as a single webpage; but over the years so much has been added to it that it became too unweildy to handle and also very univiting to be read. So we have split it into two sub-pages - the links are below:
> Inside Ngahue IV, covering topics such as Electronics -> Communication -> Electricity -> Water & Watermaker-> The Galley -> Ventilators/fans -> and Refrigeration.
> Ngahue IV from the Outide, covering topics such as Propulsion -> Rig & Sail handling -> Steering -> Ground tackle -> Teak decks -> and Davits.
The GRP hull moulding number 19 for the HR53 'Christina', the future Ngahue IV arrived at the Hallberg-Rassy Yard in Ellös from its Kungsham moulding plant around November 1994. By our calculations, the boat was finished just after Easter in 1995. She was handed over to her first owner, Mr Friedrichsen of Kiel, by the German Hallberg-Rassy importer and dealer in May 1995 (although we were once told by Paul Hameeteman, the Dutch HR dealer, that it was HE who sold the boat to Mr Friedrichsen). On average, the Yard built about 3 to 4 HR53s a year, although they were extremely popular, especially in the early days when about 5 left the Yard each year. As the flagship yacht of the Yard, it was a pretty popular model, and these were good years for the HR business. Surprisingly enough, in today's ever so digitalised world, there are very few files and data available on the HR53.
Our aim with Ngahue IV in 2016 had been to get her as well-prepared as possible for a circumnavigation by summer 2017. Even in its most basic state, a Hallberg-Rassy could probably already undertake an ocean crossing with only a few modifications or additions. So whatever you add, is done to make that crossing safer, more comfortable and make the boat better equipped for emergencies. During the 2016/17 and again the 2018/19 refit, we changed practically all of the boat's electronics because they were quite old; we gave her a new set of sails that would stand up to a circumnavigation; installed a water-maker and short-wave and satellite communication; added lots of "green" energy to extend time in between engine or generator use; and we improved the boat's ground tackle as well as replaced all standing rigging and nearly all parts of the running rigging (some of this 'en route' in 2017 & 2018). Furthermore, we replaced a lot of what we would call "domestic" matters that had grown old or had been (in our eyes) "unimproved" by the second owner (you will find references to that throughout the whole site).
For more technical descriptions and explanations, we would refer readers to the really knowledgeable people like for instance Roland Olsson & Vickie Vance of HR43 Bella Luna. Or Leon Schulz of Regina Sailing, or Bassam Hammoudeh of HR53 number 47 Arielle (see all his posts on the Yahoo discussion site, mentioned in the Links page). There is also HR53 Pesto, with an interesting website kept by Alexander called Family gone sailing; they put their Volvo-Penta key under the cockpit mat in spring 2018, though and put their boat up for sale. Not to forget the HR53 called B&G with Robert and Patty... All these sites are immense sources of information. As are many unnamed others, who in stealth we have admired, spied on and shamelessly copied to improve our own boat. To all go our great thanks!
So, what can we tell you about our boat? Well, just click and read on...
1. All About... - Inside Ngahue IV
2. All About... - Outside Ngahue IV
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