This overview assigns all Swede 55s to build or sail numbers and presumed year of construction. Although some information is up to date, others is based on rumours and outdated information. Moreover, not all boats are known. Reliably identified sail numbers are marked in bold. If you, as a Swede 55 fan and insider, know more, I would be pleased to receive your remarks by email. Status 4 October 2021

Swede 55 by Fisksaetra yard

Swede 55 # 2 “Arwen” in Stockholm archipelago summer 19 – Foto Lars Wickenberg

year of construction Sail #
hull color name located remarks
1976/S 1 red Sweedy, Spilhaus II Kiel/Germany, Guernsey, Capetown 1989-91 built by Fisksätra, demo boat in Kiel, lost on a reef approaching Mauritius at night in 1991
1976/SWE 2 white Carina III, Swedeheart, Immola, Slanka Frun, Arwen Stockholm/Sweden built by Fisksätra, testsailed by På Kryss & Till Rors magazine in Summer 1976, successfully raced in Sweden in early years
1976 or 77/S 3 red Elisa Stockholm/Sweden built by Fisksätra, mast extended by 2 m, headstay moved forward
1977/S 4, FIN 10481 white Prillan, Sweda, Alda Stockholm/Sweden, Turku/Finland since 2006 built by Fisksätra, extensively refurbished recently, actively raced, Line honors and first Gotland Runt 2008
1977/L 1085, GER 5, DEN 5 white dark blue So Long Espoo/Finland, Kiel/Germany, Troense/Denmark built by Fisksätra, hull painted dark blue in Nineties by first german owner. Succession of 4 owners
1977       built by Fisksätra, no details regarding boat 6
1977       built by Fisksätra, no details regarding boat 7
1977/S 8 white Geila III, Axe Stockholm/Sweden; Oslo, then Bergen/Norway built by Fisksätra
1977/US 9 white Javelin, Rosina West Palm Beach/Florida; Lake Champlain/Vermont USA; New York Waters/USA built by Fisksätra, black aluminum spar & boom. Rig geometry slighty modified. Beached ahead of Sandy Hook island, New Jersey in 2019, sold at auction in spring 20. Damages repaired by current owner. Boat being for sale.
1977/S 10 white Vilda Matilda Stockholm built by Fisksätra
1977/US 11 white, dark blue, black Corsair Brooklin/Maine USA, Fairport/Cleveland, Mentor/Ohio Lake Erie built by Fisksätra, inspired the wooden Swede 55-replica “Vortex”
1977/S 11, POR 8224 white, dark blue Hera, Mystic Caribbean/USA; Lisbon/Portugal built by Fisksätra, blue hull after extensive refit in late Eigthies, sailing in Portugal
1977/US 12 white Saud, Tumlare, Sigrid II, Skye Caribbean, Woods Hole/USA, Buzzard’s Bay, Cape Town/South Africa since 2015 built by Fisksätra, steering bar replaced by column, third Swede 55 brought to Cape Town
1977/ USA 93416 white Excalibur Annapolis – Maryland, Seattle – Washington/USA built by Fisksätra, possibly boat 13, new spar with enlarged sail area in 2007
1977/S 14, F 16232, DEN 14 white Calypso, Santé Montpellier, As, Calypso Antibes, Port Carmargue, La Grande Motte/Montpellier, France; Limfjord/Denmark built by Fisksätra, five owners, extensively refurbished, teak clad deck and deckhouse, mahogany footrail
1977/ # 14 ? white Tiana, Lotus Beverly/Massachsetts USA, Dering Harbour/New York, Chatham near London/GB built by Fisksätra, bought in 2009 in US, carried as deck freight to England in 2009, laid up near Southend-on-Sea, possibly sail number 14
1977/S 15 white Scirocco Stockholm built by Fisksätra, sucessfully raced in Stockholm waters
1978/ L 5155 white Susaija, Suveren, Quintus Finland, now Stockholm area semi-finished boat (hull & deck) by Fisksätra of 1978 acquired by finish boatbuilder 1985, completed in different manner until 1987, deck and deckhouses covered with teak and mahogany, shorter single spreader spar, different interiour layout and finish.
1978/US 57476 white, red The Contessa Seattle/Washington, Alameda/San Francisco built by Fisksätra, possibly boat 16
1978/US 17, US 8915 white Temptress, Bird San Francisco, lost in Glacier Bay/Alaska built by Fisksätra, boat shown in Nautical Quarterly # 6 in spring 1997, successfully sailed San Francisco – Hawaii Race 1982, disappeared in a gale during a singlehanded cruise in Oct/Nov. 99 in GlacierBay/Alaska
1978/S 18 white Columella II, So Long, Skuggfaxe, Miramis Uppsala, Resarö, Vaxholm , Saltsjöbaden (Stockholm waters)/Sweden built by Fisksätra
1978 or 79/Z 19 white Eos Steinach, Bodensee/ Switzerland, now german seaboard of Baltic Sea built by Fisksätra, for years the only Swede 55 on Lake Constance, run by sporty and well known owner
1979/ITA 20 white Viveka, Sparnoccio Genoa, Jesolo/Italy, Croatia, Västervik/Sweden boat repeatedly particiated in Barcolana Race
1978 or 79/S 21 white, dark blue Carina Adriatic Sea, Tunesia, Croatia, Ravenna, Port Grimaud, Helsinki/Finland built by Fisksätra, succession of five owners, obtained teak deck and dark blue hull in 1997, extensively refurbished in Finland
1979/ G 22 white Siloah Adriatic Sea, then Portoferraio/Elba built by Fisksätra. Freshwater tanks installed behind backrests in main cabin. Stored on the hard 1989-2019
1979       built by Fisksätra, no details regarding boat 23
1979/S 25 white Elisabeth II Norrtälje/Sweden built by Fisksätra, possibly boat 24
1979/G 25 white Kaniga Kiel-Schilksee, Kopperby/Germany; Öresund/Denmark built by Fisksätra, succession of 4 owners, extensive refit in Skive in same manner as Calypso
1979/ G 26/K 26 white Valhöll first german owner; british owner, now second british owner, River Itchen /Southampton built by Fisksätra, repeated Atlantic crossings in the hands of first british owner, refurbished in 2019/20
1979/G 27 white Gamle Swede german seaboard of Baltic Sea last Fisksätra built Swede 55 in autumn 1979, launched May 1980

Swede 55 by other builders

year of construction Sail # hull color name located remarks
# 28       presumably built by ACVA Båt, no details regarding boat 28
1982/US 42434 white Counterpoint, Spilhaus III Chesapeake Bay/USA, Capetown/South Africa built by ACVA Båt, probably boat 28 or 29, won Annapolis – Bermuda race 1986, aquired by Southafrican owner who lost his first Swede 55 in Mauritius, actively raced from Cape Town
1983/S 30 white Fast Lane Solna, Nacka, Stockholm/Sweden built by ACVA Båt, crossed the Atlantic twice
1980/ K 31 white Siri Louise, Peix’ Agulha, Escuteiros Maritimos, Almirante Warington Baden-Powell Ponta Delgada, Azores Islands/Portugal probably built by ACVA Båt, seized at Azores Islands on the route from Caribbean to Europe, donated to Sea Scouts in Ponta Delgada
1981/US 32 white Flying Cloud Guam/USA built by ACVA Båt
1982 or 83? # 33       built by ACVA Båt, no details regarding boat 33
1984/US 34 light blue, dark blue Die Nadel, Kyte, Ohana San Diego, Port Washington, San Francisco/USA built by ACVA Båt. Hull colour changed from light blue Gelcoat to dark blue later, aft overhang cut off recently
1989/US 50718 white Vortex Brooklin, Maine/USA built by Brooklin Boat Yard, slightly altered wooden replica, raced in local waters and Caribbean

I also heard about a Swede 55 with sail number N 2 (N for Norway) owned by a Norwegian-English couple. The boat sailed charter trips in the Caribbean for a while, was seen in Bonifacio in Corsica in the eighties or nineties. It could be boat no. 23, 28 or 33. The video below shows “Cheyenne”, a newbuild moved by 100 sqm of sail on a carbon mast with swept spreaders. Ballast ratio 57 percent. Tidy deck, no backstays, tiller steering. A daysailer with comfort for a weekend or a summer trip.

Swede 55 variants

Apart from the Fisksätra and ACVA Båt shipyard constructions and the cold moulded replica “Vortex”, there are four other Swede 55 variants:

year of construction sail # hull color name located remarks
1989/ Swede 75 # 1/S 1, GER 1 white Niña first Stockholm, now german coast of Baltic Sea built by Crown Yacht, interiour in birch, second owner
1989/ Swede 75 # 2, K 9953 white Universal Hartbeat River Hamble/GB, German Coast of Baltic Sea, Bankeryd Lake Vättern/Sweden built by Crown Yacht, extensively raced in GB (Solent, Three Peaks Race), third owner now
2002/ Swede 52 # 1 white Cheyenne Stockholm/Sweden built by Sören Lund/Göran Lundgren, due to its length over all boat now named Swede 52
Swede 75 Special # 1 white Birgit GKSS Långedrag, Gothenburg/Sweden modified Swede 75, different wooden superstructure and cockpit

Thanks to Michael K. Bottles, Charles Churchill, Noah Dater, Norbert Deicke, John Harding, Börje Larsson, Mario Steiner, Ulf Torberger, Lars Wickenberg, Steven White and Juha-Pekka Vuorinen.