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1995 Hallberg-Rassy 53

Hamble, Hampshire


This HR53 is comprehensively set-up for long distance cruising. Fantastic condition throughout, with considered upgrades for power generation and life onboard. This Hallberg-Rassy 53 represents a safe and comfortable cruising yacht with plenty of living space both below and on deck. Built to the highest standards of quality her comprehensive specification make Vulcan Sprit  the world straddling yacht to set your dreams in motion, viewing absolutely essential.

Basic Boat Info

Price: £279,950
Tax Status: Paid
Make: Hallberg-Rassy
Model: 53
Year: 1995
Condition: Used
Category: Sail
Builder: Hallberg-Rassy
Designer: Germán Frers
Construction: Fiberglass
Keel Type: Fin Keel


Length: 53 ft / 16.15 m
Length Overall: 53'11 ft / 16.43 m
Waterline Length: 43'10 ft / 13.36 m
Beam: 15'3 ft / 4.66 m
Max Draft: 8'2 ft / 2.5 m
Min Draft: 7'6 ft / 2.29 m
Displacement: 23,000 kg
Cabin Headroom: 6'7 ft / 2.01 m
Ballast: 9,000 kg
Single Berths: 3
Double Berths: 2
Cabins Count: 4

Engines / Speed

Engines: 1
  • Make: Sabre Perkins
  • Model: M135
  • Drive Type: Direct
  • Fuel: Diesel
  • Engine Power: 130hp
  • Type: Inboard
  • Propeller Type: 3 Blade, Bronze, Feathering
  • Year: 1995
  • Engine Hours: 2900
Displacement Type: Dry Load


Fuel Tanks: 1
Fuel Tank Capacity: 1,200 L
Fuel Tank Material: Stainless Steel
Water Tanks: 1
Water Tank Capacity: 1,020 L
Water Tank Material: Stainless Steel
Holding Tank Count: 2
Holding Tank Capacity:
Holding Tank Material: Stainless Steel


Heads Count: 2
Drive Type: Direct
Boat Class: Cruisers, Sloop, Center Cockpit


Transworld Yachts
Transworld Yachts are the Hallberg-Rassy dealer for the UK and Ireland specialising in new and used boat sales. We also manage refit and repair projects and carry a range of spare parts and yacht accessories. You can visit us at Hamble Point Marina which is situated at the mouth of the Hamble River, you can phone us on +44 (0) 2380 454000 or visit our website at:
Transworld Yachts Sailing Ltd


Hamble Point Office
Hamble Point Marina School Lane, Hamble
Southampton, GB, SO31 4JD
Tel:+44 (0)23 8045 4000


All joinery in quality teak.

Traditional 'V' twin berth layout with an infill to make a generous double cabin, cavernous sail stowage beneath berths, lockers and shelves above with hanging locker and vanity. Reading lights at berths, cabin lights in deckhead, fixed ventilation through one large dorade and opening deck hatch.

Just ahead of the mast this twin bunk cabin makes an excellent passage making cabin but in harbour the berths are well proportioned and you have good stowage for crew in ready to use lockers and hanging locker. Longer term stowage is available beneath the lower bunk berth. Reading lights at berths cabin light in deckhead ventilation through opening port and opening deck hatch.

Par Jabsco electric flush heads with macerators and diverts to holding tank. Wash hand basin in Corian vanity with lockers above and below. Separate shower stall with thermostatic shower control. Teak grating over large shower sump electric pump overboard. Large outboard locker (Containing hydraulic powerpack). Opening port lights for ventilation.

Two comfortable arm chairs to port 'L' shaped settee berth to starboard with folding leaf saloon table on the centre line two directors chairs for additional seating to the table. Reading lights over seating, LED  cabin lights in deckhead discreet down lighters above bulkheads. Fixed ventilation through two dorade vents in deck one large opening deck hatch and four opening windows in the superstructure.

'U' shaped Galley with Corian worktop ample ready to use stowage in lockers above and below, Gimballed Force 10 3-burner cooker with grill, Microwave oven, double sink, Top opening fridge, upright fridge and waste bin.

Forward facing and just to port at the bottom of the companionway. Instrument console ahead and outboard, good sized chart work surface (just under full admiralty) with folio stowage under. Navigators seat with outboard support drawers under chart table lockers aft of, outboard of and under seat. DC distribution panel outboard of navigator’s seat.

Work surface inboard top opening freezer outboard small lockers for ready to use tools and housing AC distribution panel. Large hanging locker, suitable for oilskins. Access to sound proofed, walk in engine room, housing most of the yachts machinery.

Centre line double berth with seats port and starboard. Stowage outboard and above the berth in lockers and top opening bins. Reading lights over berth fixed lighting in deckhead. Hanging locker and additional, purpose made, chart stowage (enough for a world folio). Vanity with mirror beneath air conditioning outlet. Large opening deck hatch, three opening windows in the superstructure, fixed ventilation through dorade vent in deck.

Par Jabsco electric flush heads with macerator and divert to holding tank. Wash hand basin in Corian vanity with lockers above and below. Separate shower stall with thermostatic shower control. Teak grating over large shower sump electric pump overboard. Large outboard locker (Containing Sea Fresh Watermaker). Large locker aft of shower compartment housing Kenny washing machine. Opening port lights for ventilation. Fixed ventilation through dorade vent in deck.

Domestic Inventory

Hot and cold water to galley, Heads/showers fore and aft, and shower at the bathing platform.
Frigoboat top opening fridge box with shelf.
Double stainless steel inset sinks in galley worktop.
Upright front opening day fridge beneath galley worktop.
Frigoboat top opening freezer box with dual fridge/freezer thermostats.
Gimballed Force 10 cooker with three burner hob, grill and oven
Microwave oven in galley.
LED colour TV mounted on saloon bulkhead with domestic antenna. (New 2017)
Mast head TV antenna
Stereo CD/Radio in Saloon with speakers in saloon and cockpit.
Stereo CD/Radio in aft cabin. 
Central heating supplied by one Webasto unit (New 2017) with outlets in all areas of the accommodation. 
Katadyn 12 litres/hr 24v watermaker (New 2014).
Kenny Washing Machine accessed through aft shower compartment.
Seagull particle filter and water cleaner with designated tap at galley sink (New 2011)

Electrical System

DC Power
Service battery bank of Gel batteries total 520amp/hr @ 24volts. (New 2016). Charged by 230volt 100amp Mastervolt Battery charger (New 2014) and 175amp Motorola engine driven alternator via an Adverc voltage regulator.
Mastervolt touch-screen electrical management display.
Dedicated engine start battery bank of heavy duty lead acid batteries total 145amp/hr@24volts Charged by dedicated 60amp engine driven alternator. Battery paralleling switch for emergency engine start.
Service battery bank of one heavy duty lead acid battery total 145amp/hr@12volts Charged by 230v 25amp Mastervolt battery charger, auxillary alternator on the genset and voltage dropper from 24volt bank.
2x 240W solar panels installed on gantry
240W solar panel on coach roof
Superwind generated installed to gantry

AC Power
230volts AC is supplied through a shore power connection distributed through a consumer unit protected by an RCD and circuit breakers on the individual services. 230Volts from a Westerbeke 7.5kW, synchronous, diesel generator can be switched to the same consumer unit. This generator is mounted in its own sound guard within the sound proofed engine compartment for quite running, Circa 3100 hrs running from new.
Finally 230volts can be switched from a 230volt/3.5KW Mastervolt inverter. Available to appropriate services on the consumer unit.

This yacht is fitted with a Galvanic Isolator (Zinc Saver) and polarity checker on the shore supply input with a polarity reversing switch to limit the possibility of electrolytic corrosion of metal parts below the waterline.

Webasto Evo 55 heater (New 2017)

AC and DC power on VULCAN SPIRIT is monitored by a Mastervolt Power System Control Panel giving usage, charge rate and capacity remaining of the battery banks. AC supplies can be switched from this panel.

Mechanical Systems

Perkins Sabre M135 130hp normally aspirated 6 cylinder marine diesel engine fresh water cooled, single lever control, hydraulic gearbox driving three blade feathering J Prop on stainless steel shaft through an Aquadrive and Halyard, oil filled stern gland. (Full service 2018, annual service and winterisation 2018)
The Aquadrive was a custom fit on this yacht, it absorbs the thrust from the propeller taking the load off the engine mounts thus reducing vibration and noise from the drive train. This later became a standard fitting on the Hallberg-Rassy 53.
Sleipner Side Power 10hp Bowthruster operated though foot switches at the helm.
The M135 was also a custom fit for VULCAN SPIRIT. It gives good torque at low revs so greater control in close quarter manoeuvring under power. The lack of turbo on this engine combined with the three blade propeller make it a superior installation for efficient passage making when motor sailing or under engine alone.
Cutlass bearing renewed 2017

Spars and Sails

Silver anodised aluminium spars from Seldén, discontinuous 1x19 stainless steel standing rigging, two pairs of Seldén V spreaders, Masthead forestay, detachable inner forestay with check stays, fore and aft lowers. 
All standing rigging renewed in 2009, but numerous replacements since.
Backstay renewed, including insulators, 2017
Seldén hydraulic furl-in mast main Seldén hydraulic furling on headstay allowing full push button control of the sail area from the helm position.
Selden manual profurl on static babystay.
Runners with 2-1 purchase to primary winches can be set up from cockpit.
New telescopic pole with running gear.
Navtec Hydraulic boom vang and backstay tesioner controlled from a panel at the helm position with partial filter for hydraulic oil.

Northsails main in offshore dacron (New 2016) 
North Genoa triradial, Gatorback, Laminated cloth
110% Elvestrom genoa
120% Elvestrom genoa
ATN chute with snuffer (New 2012)
Elvström Spinnaker with running gear
Northsails Trisail
Original Storm jib
Riding sail for laying head to wind at anchor.

Deck Equipment

Stainless steel pulpit, pushpit, double guard wires and stanchions with opening gates port and staboard.
Intergrated custom made gantry on stern in high quality stainless steel (New 2013)
Outboard crane integrated into gantry
Solid Teak laid to all deck surfaces, solid teak, capping to bulwarks, hand rails, one pushpit seat stbd side and outboard bracket.
Lofrans 1,500watt, 24volt anchor windlass with chain gypsy and warping drum, controls at the fore deck and the steering pedestal.
44kg Rocna anchor, 80mtrs of 12mm calibrated chain.
Custom made anchor stowage in anchor locker for spare anchor
Centre Cockpit design with deep, secure, self draining cockpit protected by Rassy style Hardtop fixed over the forward part of the cockpit giving protection from sun, spray, wind and sea, opening centre window to provide ventilation.
Canvas cockpit enclosure.
Cockpit cushions.
Two-part bimini covers entire cockpit, frame on adjustable tracks.
Whitlock Premier steering pedestal with Whitlock torque rod steering.
Elk hide covered, double spoked wheel which clutch to disengage when using the autopilot.
Push button controls for unfurling, reefing and stowing the main and headsail from the pedestal.
Additional bow cleat for towing and anchor snubber.
Launching system for fortress anchor on stern.
LED flood light installed on gantry
Yamaha 5hp 4-stroke outboard (New 2009)
Aluminium Southern Pacific tender with cover and beach wheels

Two electric, self tailing, primary winches Lewmar CEST 66 (headsail sheets).
One electric, self tailing, secondary winch Lewmar CEST 48 (main sheet/outhaul).
One two speed, self tailing, secondary winch Lewmar CST 48 (main sheet).
Two two speed, self tailing, halyard winches Lewmar CST 48 (at the mast).
One two speed, self tailing, halyard winches Lewmar CST 55 (at the mast).
One pole heel lift winch Lewmar C 8 (at the mast).

Navigation and Communication Equipment

Sunnto steering compass on steering pedestal.
ST50 Log, echo sounder, Wind speed and direction, Navdata, Compass and VMG displays in the cockpit coaming over the companionway.
Raymaine ST7000 autopilot display and ST50 Multi mounted on steering pedestal.
Autohelm Electronic hand bearing compass.
Furuno GP500 GPS mounted in the chart table console.
Icom IC-M603 DSC cockpit radio with fog horn and loud speaker function
Raydome 2kw radome (New 2015)
Autohelm ST6001 Autopilot display and ST50 Multi display in the chart table console.
Two switchable autopilot drives -
2 x reciprocating Type II Autohelm linear drives acting on a tiller arm directly on the rudder stock and a Whitlock rotary drive acting through a Whitlock Mamba bevel gearbox in the engine room.
Furuno SSB mounted at chart table. 
Icom 802 SSB radio (New 2015)
ICS NAV4 Navtex.
Thrane & Thrane Satcom C with GMDSS and TT 3042B Remote Alarm.
Sailor VHF with DSC Controler.
Iridium Sat phone
RS232 NMEA Output at chart table.
Somar class B AIS transceiver
Raymarine hybrid touch at helms position with cable to chart table (New 2015)
MailorSail Red box (wifi router and email compression)

Safety Equipment

Winslow 6 person ISO Global Rescue liferaft (in service)
2 x Horseshoe lifebuoys with lights.
Dan Buoy (out of service)
Jon Buoy (out of service)
Jackstays on side decks.
Harness points in cockpit for life lines.
Copper lightning conductors from forestay, backstay and cap shrouds to ground
Forespar ion disipator at mast head
Engine room fire alarm with extinguisher in engine room.
Double action high capacity manual bilge pump.
Henderson 5 Electric diaphragm bilge pump.
DSC VHF and GMDSS on Inmarsat C.
Jabsco 50ltrs/mon Fire pump/deckwash.
Vetus gas detection
Additional manual bilge operated from cockpit locker

VULCAN SPIRIT is constructed using the hand lay-up method with woven rovings and chopped strand mat in isophtalic polyester resin on isophtalic gelcoat. The topsides are reinforced and insulated with a Divinycell PVC Foam core and a solid moulded rubbing strake capped with a bronze profile. The hull is solid laminate below the waterline with a “top hat” section, moulded, GRP matrix, forming the keel floors, engine beds and sole board bearers. The lead keel is bolted to a GRP keel stub distributing keel loads more evenly through the hull structure.

GRP moulded rudder on 80mm Stainless steel rudder stock on heavy cast bronze fittings, Delrin Roller bearings for extra light steering with a greased rudder gland. The hull moulding is white with a broad blue style line above the rubbing strake and matching boot top. Below the waterline the hull is protected with two coats of epoxy primer from new.

The deck is moulded in an ivory white colour reinforced with a Divinycell PVC foam core on the horizontal surfaces and laid with solid teak in silicone rubber. The front of the cockpit is protected by a classic Hallberg-Rassy “Hard top” and there is a blue style line around the cockpit coamings.

VULCAN SPIRIT was supplied to her first owner through these offices in 1995. The yacht that is now for sale is the result of considerable thought to specification well before the keel was laid. Her current condition, from mechanical reliability to cosmetic appearance is testament to the care, attention and money that has been lavished on this yacht throughout her two ownerships.

The Hallberg-Rassy 53 is a solid, proven cruising yacht with a little sailing flair added by Germán Frers’ hull design. The first owner of VULCAN SPIRIT was able to persuade Hallberg-Rassy to incorporate some of his ideas in the build. The success of some of these ideas convinced the yard to adopt them as standard features on later models.

A quick glance in the bilge or engine room gives you a taste of the manner to which this yacht has been cared for. The value of this yacht is in its condition and in the detail of the specification.  

VULCAN SPIRIT would be well suited to anyone looking for a substantial ocean cruiser, there is little to be added that would improve on her current inventory and there is no maintenance to be carried out to make her more ready. VULCAN SPIRIT will be sold with a comprehensive handover and the challenge to keep her in the condition to which she has grown accustomed.

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Additional Contact Information

Transworld Yachts are the Hallberg-Rassy dealer for the UK and Ireland specialising in new and used boat sales.  We also manage refit and repair projects and carry a range of spare parts and yacht accessories.
You can visit us at Hamble Point Marina which is situated at the mouth of the Hamble River, you can phone us on +44 (0) 2380 454000 or visit our website at:

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