The design completed summer 1975, moulds and templates prepared in the following months, the first 55s were constructed 1976 and most likely launched spring 77. The first boats were built by Fisksätra Varv in Fisksätra, a village near Saltsjöbaden/Stockholm. Then the yard moved to the premises of a former factory producing matches at Tändsticksvägen in Västervik at the east coast of Sweden. Facing the worldwide recession due to the oil crisis the parent company Gylling withdrew from boatbuilding. The manufacture by Fisksätra Varv AB ceased in late 1979. Later seven boats (# 28 – 34) were constructed by ACVA Båt at another location and delivered as complete or semi-finished boats. Status: November 2019.

This attempt to associate boats to construction # and years may contain mistakes and there are 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 sailor/insider know more, kindly contact me via Email.

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

Construction year/Sail #  Hull color Name Berthed Remarks
1976/77/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
1976/77/S 2 white Swedeheart, Immola, Slanka Frun, Arwen Stockholm/Sweden built by Fisksätra, successfully raced in Sweden in early years
1976/77/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 built by Fisksätra, black aluminum spar & boom. rig geometry slighty modified
1977/S 10 white Vilda Matilda Stockholm

built by Fisksätra

1978/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”

1978/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 or 78/US 12 white Saud, Tumlare, Skye Caribbean, Woods Hole/USA, Cape Town/South Africa since 2015

built by Fisksätra, third Swede 55 brought to Cape Town

1977/ USA 93416 white Excalibur Annapolis/USA

built by Fisksätra, possibly boat 13

1977 or 78/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

1978/ # 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 on a cargo ship to England in 2009, possibly sail number 14

1978/S 15 white Scirocco Adriatic Sea, Stockholm

built by Fisksätra

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 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, on the hard for decades. Refurbished since 2018 or 19

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 Valhall german owner; River Itchen /Southampton

built by Fisksätra, repeated Atlantic crossings in the hands of second british owner

1979/G 27 white Gamle Swede german seaboard of Baltic Sea

last Fisksätra built Swede 55 in autumn 1979, launched May 1980

# 28      

probably 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 sailing 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 sound 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
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, Noah Dater, Norbert Deicke, John Harding, Börje Larsson, Mario Steiner, Ulf Torberger, Lars Wickenberg, Steven White and Juha-Pekka Vuorinen.