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Today's Marine Survey Assignment in Preveza: A Classic Hallberg Rassy 352 (1984)



Today, we're taking a closer look at a classic 1984 Hallberg Rassy 352. Known for their solid hulls and excellent craftsmanship, these yachts are well-regarded, but like any older vessel, they often have some common issues. Let's walk through the usual defects found on this model.

1. Teak-Laid Deck

Upon inspection, the teak-laid deck was found to be in poor condition, requiring removal or replacement. The current deck covering is worn out and needs attention.



2. Steering System

While the cable steering systems are generally well-built, it's often noted that the rudder has shifted slightly from its original position. This shift causes the lower pintail pin to bind, creating a minor obstruction that needs correction.



3. Seacocks

The original Blake's seacocks usually need to be stripped and greased, as they are often found in their original condition and require maintenance.

4. Handrail Stanchions

Corrosion has been identified at several attachment points of the handrail stanchions around the decks. This corrosion causes the underlying fiberglass to expand, resulting in gelcoat cracking and bulging. It's essential to treat the corrosion, repair the fiberglass, and reinforce the stanchion attachment points to prevent further damage and ensure the safety and durability of the handrails.



5. Mainsheet Track and Car

The mainsheet track, car, and tackle were found in poor condition. It's important to select a new mainsheet track and car that match the original specifications or are recommended by the yacht’s manufacturer, ensuring they are made of high-quality, corrosion-resistant materials suitable for marine environments.



6. Sheets and Halyards

The braided polyester ropes used for sheets and halyards were in poor condition. Replacing these with new, high-quality braided polyester ropes of the same specifications is crucial for reliability and safety.

7. Fuel Tank Access Trap

The metal access trap on the top of the second fuel tank, located below the front of the engine, was heavily corroded. Addressing this corrosion is important to prevent future issues.



8. Gas Cylinder Storage

On some Hallberg Rassy models, gas cylinders are installed in the anchor locker. This placement poses significant risks because compressed gases like propane or butane are flammable. Storing them near electrical components increases the potential for accidental ignition or gas leakage, creating a hazardous environment.



9. Heating System Exhaust Pipes

Often, there is a Webasto or Eberspacher warm air diesel heater onboard. It's common to find that the exhaust pipes, which get red hot, are not insulated and are close to PVC and gas pipes. This should always be checked to prevent fire hazards.

Surveying a Hallberg Rassy 352 involves a detailed inspection to ensure everything is in good condition and to identify any areas that need attention. These yachts are built to last, but regular maintenance and upgrades are essential to keep them seaworthy and safe. Knowing these common issues helps you make informed decisions and maintain your vessel in top shape.


10. Rudder Tube Greasers

The rudder tube greasers are often heavily corroded and may need replacing, which can be a difficult job but is crucial for maintaining the steering system's integrity.

11. Sternglands

If the sternglands are original, they often require upgrading to ensure they provide a proper seal and prevent water ingress.


Surveying a Hallberg Rassy 352 involves a detailed inspection to ensure everything is in good condition and to identify any areas that need attention. These yachts are built to last, but regular maintenance and upgrades are essential to keep them seaworthy and safe. Knowing these common issues helps you make informed decisions and maintain your vessel in top shape. Please contact me at yacht-surveys-greece if your in the process of buying and surveying a Hallberg Rassy 352 in Preveza at steventruss1@aol.com



UK Marine Surveyor Assignment in Preveza

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