The Boat

Kismet is a Hallberg-Rassy 53, designed by Germán Frers and built in 1994. She is hull number 10 out of 88 which were built between 1992 and 2006. She is a blue-water cruiser characterized by a custom interior design with a center boat U-shaped galley, 3 cabins and 3 heads, all with separate shower (see the Interiors layout below). Originally commissioned by an Italian owner, she has been featured on national and international sailing magazines.

Sail Plan


Interiors (custom version)


Key data

Hallberg-Rassy 53


Germán Frers

CE category

A – Unlimited ocean voyages

Hull length

16.44 m / 53′ 11″


4.64 m / 15′ 3″

Draft, empty standard boat

2.29 m / 7′ 6″

Displacement, empty standard boat

23 000 kg / 50 706 lbs

Lead keel, weight

9 000 kg / 19 840 lbs

Sail area with jib

131 m² / 1 410 sq ft

Sail area with furling genoa

148 m² / 1 593 sq ft


Volvo Penta TAMD41 B HD

kW / HP at crank shaft

81 / 110

Max torque

342 Nm at 2000 RPM

Diesel tank

850 litres / 225 US gallon

Water tank

1020 litres / 270 US gallon


Why “Kismet”?

Why is our boat named Kismet? Actually the boat received this name from her very first owner. Afterwards, and before us, she had other two owners. The second owner changed her name to Proccyon while the third owner brought it back to the original. We liked the name Kismet so much that we decided to stay with it. So Kismet it is!

According to the Mirriam-Webster dictionary Kismet is “a power that is believed to control what happens in the future”, so now you know why we liked it so much and wanted to keep it! The word Kismet is actually Turkish and comes from the Arabic qisma which means portion, lot.


Courtesy of Roberto Arrighi – Ravenna Sail