Altera is a 1998 Hallberg-Rassy 34, hull number 223 of 500 built between 1990 and 2005.  The HR 34 was designed by the renouned designer, Frers and is a well balanced, brisk and fun to sail vessel that is also comfortable on longer journeys or in building sea states.

Built at the HR yard in Ellos, Sweden, Altera was shipped across the Atlantic below decks in the spring of 1998 and launched in Midland, ON in Georgian Bay where she was fresh water sailed for her entire life by the orginal owner.  A very rare find in Canada, particularly on the Great Lakes, Altera was exceptionally well cared for.  Hand waxed twice a year since new and kept very tidy below decks to the point that people are often surprised to find out she is a 1998 model.   The log showed approximately 6000 nautical miles under her keel when we became the happy owners in August of 2012.



In 2014, Altera saw a number of system upgrades for long range cruising including:


  • Raymarine E7 chart plotter at helm
  • Raymarine A67 repeater display at nav station
  • Raymarine HD Radar
  • Raymarine AIS Transceiver, class B
  • Weems and Plath electronic Barometer
  • Iridium Extreme Satellite phone with external antenna


  • Bay Sails, Triple Reef Mainsail for offshore
  • Bay Sails Working Jib
  • Bay Sails 50% heavy weather jib
  • Elevstrom 130% Genoa (lightly used, original to boat)


  • Winslow ultralight 4 person liferaft, stored in valise in cockpit locker
  • Lifesling 2, Man overboard recovery system
  • 2 eyebolts at binnacle for crew tethers
  • Emergency Ditch Bag
  • 2 x Nylon jacklines


  • 2 x 90W Solbian semi-flexible solar panels installed in Bimini
  • 2 x Genasun solar charge controllers
  • 140A H/O alternator (Electromaax) with serpentine belt
  • Balmar 612 regulator
  • 3 group 31 & 2 group 24 Nautilus Ultra XD TPPL AGM batteries (by Northstar) house bank 450 Ah capacity
  • 1 group 24 Nautilus Ultra XD TPPL AGM battery (by Northstar) start battery
  • Magnum Energy SBC battery combiner to charge start battery
  • MotoMaster 1000W pure sine wave inverter with dedicated GFCI receptacle at Nav Station


  • Replaced Saildrive to hull gasket
  • Refinished Saildrive leg with Zinc-chromate primer, epoxy barrier coat primer and Trilux antifouling paint

Hull & Other:

  • 5 coats of Epoxy Barrier Coat (after removing VC-17 antifouling)
  • 3 coats of Micron CSC ablative antifouling paint
  • Bimini sunshade for sailing in the tropics

More information about the Hallberg-Rassy 34 model can be found at the Hallberg Rassy Website.