Accomodation of International Onedesign 40 Quaremetreboat by Knud Reimers dated March 1974 - Source SSHM Stockholm

Accomodation of International Onedesign 40 Quaremetreboat by Knud Reimers dated March 1974 – Source SSHM Stockholm

Sailplan of the 40 sqm cruising boat by Knud Reimers dated March 1974 - source SSHM Stockholm

Sailplan of the 40 sqm cruising boat by Knud Reimers dated March 1974 – source SSHM Stockholm

Initially, Swede 55 was planned to be an International Onedesign 40 Skerrycruiser with nominal 40 Squaremetres, accoarding to drawings by Reimers dated March 1974. During summer 74, the project became a slightly longer Onedesign 55 Squaremetre Class, as Reimers’ plans dated October 74 tell. Accoarding to Reimers’ drawings dated January 1975 and remarks on it, the general design was modified early 75 and more or less finished in summer 1975.

Detailed drawings by Reimers regarding keel construction (dated September 1976), accomodation and the revised sailplan are dated March 1977. Boat # 2 being covered in swedish magazine På Kryss & Tll Rors in 11/1976 with the first series of 15 boats being sold and under construction, series manufacture of Swede 55 seems to have been underway in autum 1976.

Floor reinforcements with keel suspension and engine bed as specified by Reimers Januar 1976 - source SSHM Stockholm

Floor reinforcements with tank/engine beds and keel suspension as specified by Reimers January 1976 – source SSHM Stockholm

The prototype was built by Fisksätra Varv in Fisksätra, a village near Saltsjöbaden/Stockholm. Then the yard moved to the premises of a factory previously producing matches at Tändsticksvägen in Västervik at the east coast of Sweden. There the remaining 26 Swede 55s were built within a time span of three years. The last boats were delivered in spring 1980. I have seen about five Swede 55 and a number of her smaller sister, the S30 in Västervik then.

Swede 55 Rosina laid up on Staten Island/New York

Facing the worldwide recession due to the oil crisis the parent company Gylling withdrew from boatbuilding and the manufacture by Fisksätra Varv AB ceased in autumn 1979. Later seven boats (# 28 – 34) were constructed by ACVA Båt in Nyköping/Sweden and delivered as complete or semi-finished boats. Updated 20. January 2021

This attempt to associate boats to construction # and launching years may contain mistakes and there are obvious gaps. Some details are current, others old or based on hearsay. Sailnumbers tagged to well identified boats are marked bold. Should you as Swede 55-aficionado or insider know more, kindly contact me via Email. Your contribution would be appreciated.

Swede 55 # 2 “Arwen” in Stockholm Archipelago Summer 19 – Foto Lars Wickenberg

Construction year/Sail #  Hull color Name Berthed 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/S 2 white 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


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 Sand Hook island, New Jersey in 2019, sold at auction in spring 20. Damages repaired by current owner. 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


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


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

# 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

Further I heard of a Swede 55 with sailnumber N 2 (N for Norway), owned by a norwegian-english couple, sailing charter for a while in the Caribbean, seen some time in the Eighties or Nineties in Bonifacio, Corsica. Possibly boat # 23, 28 or 33.

The clip below shows “Cheyenne”, a pimped Swede 55 driven by 100 sqm sailarea hoisted at a carbon spar with swept back spreaders, balanced by a ballast ratio of 57 percent. No runners, clean deck, tiller steered. A pleasing 16 m daysailor with amenities for a weekend or the summer cruise.

Further to the boats built by Fisksätra Varv and ACVA Båt in Sweden and the wooden replica “Vortex”, there are four Swede 55 alterations afloat:

Construction year/Sail # Hull color Name Berthed Remarks
1989/ Swede 75 # 1/S 1, GER 1 white Niña Stockholm, 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

Acknowledgements: 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.