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Saudade (English: /ˌsɔːˈdædʒə/; European Portuguese: [sɐwˈðaðɨ], Brazilian Portuguese: [sawˈdadi] or [sawˈdadʒi], Galician: [sawˈðaðe]; plural saudades) is a deep emotional state of nostalgic or profound melancholic longing for an absent something or someone that one loves.

Saudade is the bluewater boat I have always dreamed of having: a Hallberg Rassy. Because of my budget I had to look for a boat a bit older then first wanted but with a Hallberg Rassy you always buy quality, whatever age she will have. Saudade is a Hallberg Rassy 352 built in 1987 and has hullnumber 612.

At purchase, Saudade was in decent condition, but her light coastal use and relatively old age left her in need of more work than I've had originally presumed necessary to prepare her for offshore voyaging. I work/will work with local marine professionals to overhaul Saudade and simultaneously learn about safety equipment, mechanics, electrical systems, rigging, sail and fiberglass repair. 

Living aboard Saudade has allowed me to drastically reduce my daily impact on the earth. Solar and wind power provide my electricity. I live closer to nature, and take time to cherish and appreciate it. I use less, need less, and want less–yet have never felt more fulfilled. At times the boat work seems endless and the uncertainties too daunting,

She is strong and robust, She is stabel and steady, She is not is not a racer, She takes her time, but gives in return a feeling of safety and warmth, this also because of Her beautiful mahony interior which is in perfect condition after al these years. She is not just a sailboat, She is freedom.



A little bit of history


802 hulls of the Hallberg-Rassy 352 were built between 1978 -1991. The 352 was from start a substantial sales success. This was the first time a designer had managed to combine, in a 35 foot boat, a walk through to the aft-cabin with spectacularly elegant lines. Hallberg-Rassy 352 offered large-boat characteristics at a moderate price. She features a comfortable interior with walk through to the aft cabin under deck, a big engine, combined with pleasant sailing qualities and nice lines.


Continuous modifications have been made during the 14 years the boat was in production:

  • In 1980 the hull was raised a couple of centimetres allowing more headroom in the walk through and in the aft cabin.

  • From the beginning the Hallberg-Rassy 352 had the Volvo Penta MD 21 but production of this engine discontinued in late 1984 and was replaced by the Volvo Penta 2003 Turbo. A few boats were built with the bigger MD 22 engine, which was an option in the end.

  • 1984-85 the galley working area was improved, as well as the entrance ladder, which got separate. The cockpit locker drain was improved. The spring cleats were moved up to the top of the teak toe rail. 

  • Around 1986 the skylight in the saloon was increased in size to give more natural light into the saloon. The locker doors of the saloon became louvered as on the larger Hallberg-Rassy sisters. Again the hull was raised, but only some cm, in order to get even better volume and headroom under deck. 



The boat was built with a standard and a tall rig. In the beginning only standard rigs were sold and in the end almost only tall rigs. The tall rig is easily recognised on the double spreaders and the standard one on the single spreader rig. Boats with in mast furling automatically became the tall rig.


DesignersChristoph Rassy / Olle Enderlein

Hull length10.54 m / 34'9"

Waterline at rest8.70 m / 28' 7''

Beam3.38 m / 11'1"

Draft, empty standard boat1.67 m / 5'6"

Displacement, empty standard boat6 700 kg / 14 770 Lbs

Keel weight3 tons

Keel typeIncapsulated steel in deep bilge

Headroom saloon1.85 m / 6'

Sail area with jib52.5 m²

Sail area with genoa64 m²

Air draft, standard rig, ex Windex14.53 m / 47' 8"

Air draft, tall rig, ex Windex15.63 m / 51' 3"

Volvo Penta engineMD 21, 2003 Turbo, MD 22

Power for 2003T at crank shaft32 kW / 43 HP

Diesel240 litres / 63.4 US gallon

Fresh water300 litres / 79 US gallon

Transport height with windscreen3.70 m / 12' 2"

Transport height without windscreen3.31 m / 10' 10"

original pdf brochure

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