Swede 55 halfmodel © Swedesail

Swede 55 half model, scale 1:15  – Foto Swedesail

half model
Size, colour and finish of carrier plate as requested. Shown here is white hull on varnished mahogany. Perfect for dining room or library. A nice gift for the 55-aficionado. Here the traditional version with hull, no superstructure and bulged deck, is shown. Scale of displayed model 1:15, hull length 108 cm/ ≈ 43 inch. Other scales and sizes are possible. You are welcome to enquire for further details.

  • 1:17 = 94 cm/37 inch hull
  • 1:18 = 88 cm 35 inch hull
  • 1:24 = 66 cm/ 36 inch hull
  • custom made, approx. three month lead time for delivery

proportionately enlarged steering wheel

  • 100 cm/39 inch wheel ( enlarged, fitting to style of the boat)
  • Ø of wheel 25 mm/ 1 inch
  • six tapered spokes, inclined  7° backward (destroyer wheel type)
  • acid-proof, polished stainlees steel
  • fitting to original Swede 55 Fisksaetra Varv cone of the seventies
  • shipped in rigid box
  • custom made, approx. three month lead time for delivery

Operation advice for Volvo engines, saildrive and workshop manuals

Volvo MD 11 and 17 C Manual © Swedesail

Volvo MD 11/17 C Manual – Foto Swedesail

Workshop Manual Swede 55 Engine

Swede 55 was delivered with two different engines: a 27 horse power two cylinder Volvo Penta MD 11 C or the 35 HP MD 17 C three cylinder version. These engines are reliable and last long, provided they are run/retrofitted with two cycle cooling. Cooling channels constricted by dirt or calcification lead to overheating. By all means try to keep these rigid, reliable and forgiving Volvo Penta model.  Regular maintenance routine with exchanged oil and filter changes ensure these engines last long.

I can help with the owners instruction book, the workshop manual for the engine (MD 11/17C) and the workshop manual for the Saildrive 110 S. The workshop manuals are essential for repair jobs and occasional overhaul, i.e. the replacement of Saildrive-Simmerrings in case of milky gear oil. Having repeatedly removed the engine for maintenance and upgrades or replacement of the saildrive diaphragm (due every 7 years for insurance, technically lasting longer), I recommend to have these documents.