Born in Denmark, Knud Reimers (1906-87) became educated as shipwright at Krupp-Germania in the twenties. He then worked as apprentice at Bremen-Lemwerder under the supervision of Henry Rasmussen at the famous Abeking & Rasmussen yard, while paralleling his studies in Bremen. It was there that Reimers became familiar with the design of sleek fast yachts.
1930 Reimers took over the office of Gustav Estander in Stockholm, Sweden. Not surprizingly his new logo with the initials “KR” is similar to that of the well reputed yard “A&R”. 1934 he designed the popular double-ender Tumlare, the predecessor to Adlard Coles’ seagoing legend Cohoe.
1936 Knud Reimers designed the 75 square meter boat Bacchant for the famous swedish racing sailor Eric Lundberg. Eventually the 62 footer took part in many Chicago-Mackinac long-distance races on Lake Michigan in the Eighties and Nineties. Bacchant recently returned to the waters she once came from: the beautiful achipelago of Stockholm/Sweden.
Expanding on the square meter boat motif, Reimers designed in 1948 the elegant 82 foot mahogany yawl Agneta. 1958 to the mid eighties the yacht was owned by the passionate yachtsman and Italian industrialist Giovanni Agnelli. She still is one of the jewels of the Voiles de Saint Tropez, formerly known as La Nioulargue regatta.
In the sixties, Reimers’ Bijou initiated the rebirth of the classic 30 square metre class in southern Germany and Switzerland. This class is actively competing in championship races for the Reimers Cup annually on Lake Constance today.
1964 Reimers developed Fidelis, a 61 feet Bacchant derivate with modern transom and appendages. This Swede 55 predecessor was built Auckland/ New Zealand. Fidelis sailed many long distance races in the southern hemisphere, among them a victory in the Sydned-Hobart Race with a remarkable lead. This classic with a beam of just 10 feet and a displacement 26,500 lbs is still sailing in Sydney waters today.
Upon request of some members of the Royal swedish yacht club in Stockholm (KSSS), Reimers designed Swede 55, a square meter yacht suiting to family life and cruising in 1975. The Swede 55’s design has an elevated freeboard, a comfortable center-cockpit, a nominal sail area of 55 square meters (thus the number of the 52 ft boat) full headroom in essential parts of the cabin and additional volume below deck. She was inspired by Rolly Taskers Siska, a Knud Reimers 40 squaremeter boat of 1939 modified by the famous Australian ocean racing sailor and sailmaker for the 630 mile Sydney-Hobart Race – beating Alan Bonds brand new Apollo in 1969.