Big BKYC repeat-fleet contract for Sweden's Hallberg-Rassy...

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Big BKYC repeat-fleet contract for Sweden's Hallberg-Rassy...

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The British forces yacht club in Germany, the BKYC, is to replace its 10 Hallberg-Rassy HR342s with the latest versions of the same model. They will be delivered in time for the 2011 Baltic sailing season.

MARCH 2010

The British Kiel Yacht Club (BKYC) was originally formed for British Army personnel stationed in Germany, but has since expanded its membership to the Royal Navy and Royal Air Force personnel and those with 'connections' to the UK military. The HR342 fleet is often on charter, especially with serving men and women on adventure training exercises.
The yachts are used extensively every year from early March to late November. Indeed, each one does an average of 7,000nm a year, which probably translates to around seven years’ worth of the sort of ‘normal’ cruising undertaken by an average privately owned boat. Scrupulously maintained by the clubs own service yard, they have been described recently by the RYA’s chief examiner as ‘the best-maintained fleet of sea-school boats in the world’.That is why the club changes its fleet every three or four years. This most recent order for five HR342s, which will probably end up expanding to 10 boats, is the fourth to go to Ellös, Sweden-based Hallberg-Rassy. The previous fleets of 12 were of HR29s and HR31s.
The out-going fleet of 10 boats is being sold for €120,000 each; collections start in October 2010.

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