A brief look at the lines

Gamle Swede in Burgtiefe/Fehmarn © Bruno Werner/Swedesail

Gamle Swede in Burgtiefe/Fehmarn © Bruno Werner/Swedesail

Beside its length Swede 55 has a modest, introvert scandinavian shape. The spoon bow reminds on the Twenties when the square metre class found its final mould for racing in the Skerries, as the Stockholm archipelago is known. A fine entry separates the water at the bow. A closer look reveals how Reimers reduced the length with a rounded stem.

Swede Swede 55 with a little tumblehome and rounded stem © Swedesail

Swede 55 with a little tumblehome and rounded stem © Swedesail

Raked and bent transom of Swede 55 © Swedesail

Raked and bent transom of Swede 55 © Swedesail

The midship section indicates a bit of tumblehome. The wine glass shape once had various purposes. It reduced tax for cargoships and the rating of raceboats later. It advanced the weight distribution on battle ships and the righting moment of yachts. Above all the constricted section towards the deck adorns the hull with sculptural elegance.

One quarter of the entire length extend in the forward and aft overhang. The domed fore- and sidedecks add structural strength and volume. The forward raked transom gives Swede 55 the modern tone of the seventies. Its rounded shape adds finesse.

Another matter of refinement went into the sheerline. Linking bow and rear, it can’t be straight as this would lead to ennui. Thus the boat obtained a barely noticable bent sheerline with some inherent tension. When Reimers designed Swede 55 he looked back on five decades varying this detail with a fleet of square metre boats since he began as draftsman in Henry Rasmussens office at the Abeking & Rasmussen yard.

Reimers‘ deckhouses

Aboard Reimers‘ boats you find two deckhouse patterns. First the spray cap of his daysailers and raceboats. This dollhouse sized deckhouse matches to the low freeboard. With his 8-Metre class design Glana, built 1946 for Lake Geneva, or the 30 sqm boat Vanja VI Reimers went a little further.

Reimers 8mR Glana © Sjöhistoriska museet/Stockholm

Reimers 8 m-R Glana © Sjöhistoriska museet/Stockholm

8-mR Class Glana on Lake Geneva © James R. Taylor/sealens.com

8-mR Class Glana on Lake Geneva © James R. Taylor/sealens.com

To reduce windage and to break water washing across the deck Reimers gave the spray cap a pointed front. This deckhouse is demanding to build but nice to look at. You can’t really see through the tiny portholes of Reimers‘ pointed spraycaps. They are there to complement the design.

Reimers 30 sqm boat design © Sjöhistoriska museet/Stockholm

Reimers 30 sqm boat design © Sjöhistoriska museet/Stockholm

Recent 30 sqm launched with pointed deckhouse © Rolf Winterhalter/Beck & Söhne

Recent 30 sqm launched with pointed deckhouse © Rolf Winterhalter/Bootswerft Beck & Söhne

It is nice to see this trademark being built occasionally today at recent 30 square metre boats by Bootswerft Beck & Söhne on Reichenau Island/Lake Constance. Sophisticated craftsmanship merges with rare and classy shape.

Reimers‘ stepped deckhouse

75 sqm Bacchant of 1936 with stepped deckhouse © Classicsailboats.org

75 sqm Bacchant of 1936 with stepped deckhouse © Classicsailboats.org

S30 with stepped deckhouse © Sjöhistoriska Museet/Stockholm

S30 with stepped deckhouse © Sjöhistoriska Museet/Stockholm

The desire for a sheltered cockpit and full headroom below deck of longer square metre boats like Bacchant or Fidelis lead Reimers to another, a stretched and stepped deckhouse pattern. This shape incorporates headroom near the companionway and galley of the popular S30, a 41 ft square metre boat variant developed in 1972 for families and the cruising sailor. The window shapes give the deckhouse a traditional and homely touch.

The boxy and edged shape of the lenghty Swede 55 deckhouse resembles a wooden construction. The tiny step reminds on Reimers‘ tradition of 75 square metre boats. The small windows match the introvert elegance of Swede 55. The porthole sized windows in the fore and aft cabin are there to complement the look.

Foto Wolfgang John

The low profile deckhouse of Swede 55 © Wolfgang John