The Monsun is Hallberg-Rassy's best-selling model, with over 900 built. Although originally intended as an entry-level weekender, a number of unmodified Monsuns have circumnavigated - one went around 3 times. Everything about the boat - from her solid wood furniture and tempered glass opening ports, to her oversized deck hardware and nicely finished-out cockpit lockers - bespeaks the high standards of her Swedish builder. Unlike many production models her size, the Monsun is truly a little yacht.
"Flicka" is hull number 226. She has been converted to a double-headed sloop (using a removable inner forestay). As you might expect of a Scandinavian boat, Flicka boat sails like a dream and is very sprightly for a 31-foot, full-keel cruiser. For comfort, she has a 12V fridge, a rain catchment system, and excellent ventilation. The cutaway full keel with attached rudder is the ideal cruising under body, in my opinion, since the boat can't snag lobster pots or nets and takes the ground without stressing the keel/rudder. The two-blade prop can be aligned vertically in its aperture to eliminate drag under sail.
Equipment includes a chartplotter, radar detector/alarm, servo-pendulum vane steering, belowdecks autopilot, windlass and an all-chain rode, an extensive inventory of spares, and manuals for all equipment. The Volvo diesel has about 400 hours since a top-end overhaul - it starts easily, and burns less than half a gallon per hour. The engine can be hand-started even if the batteries are flat (no glow plugs).
At present the boat needs little cosmetic attention: repair "dock rash" and updating of interior fabrics and curtains.
Model: Monsun 31
USCG Official No. 1191597
Hull No. 226, keel laid December 1975 in Ellos, Sweden
Designer: Olle Enderlein
Waterline length: 24' 8"
Beam: 9' 5"
Draft: 4' 7"
Displacement: 9,250 lbs.
Ballast: 4,200 (encapsulated in keel)
Sail area: 370-420 sq. ft.
Volvo MD2B 2-cylinder 25 HP diesel (400 hours since overhaul)
Fuel consumption: about 0.35 GPH
Fuel capacity: 30 gallons
Range under power: ~ 450 miles
New cutless bearing (2006)
1-inch stainless steel prop shaft
PSS "dripless" shaft seal
Built-in scavenging pump to remove crud from fuel tank
Fixed-mount brass pump to drain engine oil
Navigation & Electronics:
Standard Horizon CP180i GPS Chartplotter ('06)
Magellan 1000 GPS (old, kept for backup)
Raymarine ST5000 linear drive autopilot – ('01) (with spare head)
Icom IC-M80 VHF marine radio
Combi Watchman radar detector/alarm
Datamarine digital depth sounder
Datamarine knot meter (haven't used it but probably works)