Mathilda is a Hallberg Rassy 46, hull number #119, built in 1998 at the Hallberg Rassy yard in Ellös, Sweden. We quickly came to the conclusion that this was the ideal yacht for us: large and heavy enough to be comfortable at sea and with three cabins, ideal for each of our children to have their own, or share if we have guests.
We did not expect to find such a model, let alone afford it, but literarily after a few weeks of searching we found Mathilda advertised on blocket.se, the Swedish Ebay. Mathilda had one previous, very careful owner and she has been well maintained and stored indoors on the hard at Bröderna Martinssons Varv in Svineviken in Sweden since delivery. We viewed Mathilda after visiting the Hallberg Rassy open day (öppet varv) and expected to be disappointed after seeing the brand new models. However, we were impressed by the condition and this was confirmed by the survey. We hope we can maintain Mathilda in the same manner as the previous owner. All through the purchasing process, we were extremely grateful for the help and guidance from Tobias at Navark yachting and in April 2017 we set sail from Svineviken to Dockan Marina in Malmö.
Standard specifications of Hallberg Rassy 46 can be found here.
Mathilda has in-mast furling and hydraulic winches and since 2017 we have updated the electronics, navigation, VHF and autopilot with Raymarine equipment, including AIS and radar. We also added a spinnaker pole and a Spectra Newport watermaker.
In 2019, we upgraded the electrical system to add 360 Ah of 24V lithium ion batteries and an inverter (Mastervolt) to allow for some home comforts such as hairdryers, laptops, induction stove and, to keep the marriage intact, a coffee machine. We went round in circles for over a year to consider adding a generator, but in the end, rather than have a second diesel-guzzling engine to maintain, we decided to upgrade the alternator and go solar. For this we have 160 watt Solbian panels on the deck and added 2x245watt Panasonic N245 panels on the stern guard rails (extended 2019). We plan to add additional flexible panels on the bimini.
All of the work on Mathilda was done at the Bröderna Martinssons Varv and we are extremely happy with their support, meticulous work and expertise.
So far, in northern waters when disconnected from shore power, our battery bank has provided energy for over three days. Our alternator can generate 100A, which is sucked up by the lithium batteries almost linearly, so a little motoring here or there tops up the batteries. We’re very happy with properties of the lithium batteries, although expensive have saved 100’s of kilograms in weight that we would have added if we went for a diesel generator and larger lead-acid bank.
Some additional equipment on board:
-AIS MOB units in all life jackets
-dinghy and 4HP Yamaha motor
-ICOM VHF at helm and navigation table