The joy to sail, offshore experience and elegance of Swede 55 inspired passionate sailors, designers and boatbuilders. Here you find seven Swede 55-derivates triggered by the classy and svelte Knud Reimers design. Boats thought-out, designed and built in Sweden, Tunisia, the eastern and western seaboard of the United States. Most of them I have seen, at some I have been involved with.
Super Swede 53 – 1983
Inspired by the success of californian Swede 55 sailor Jim Walton with Temptress at the 1982 San Francisco-Hawaii Race Super Swede 53 was developed by Peter Norlin. The number now referred to the lenght instead of the nominal sail area. With 26,455 lbs/12 t this thoroughbred with elegant lines and 14,330 lbs/6.5 t ballast was a departure from the light displacement concept.
53’6“ x 12’2“ x 8’ (depth). 16,30 x 3,70 x 2,43 m. To keep it going in light air, Super Swede 53 carries a powerful sailplan of 1,292 sq ft/120 sqm.
Super Swede 53 was offered with a traditional positive raked transom and a negative modern one by Swede Hergla Yachts in Hergla/Tunesia. One of two sandwich boats was completed with the conventional transom and named Prillan on behalf of a swedish owner. I have seen the yard, inspected the boat and sold it 1998 to Germany.
Swede 75 – 1989
Due to the enlarged upwind sailarea this attempt to relaunch Swede 55 obtained the nameplate 75. As a matter of fact it is a Swede 55 Mark II with a powerful rig. This turbocharged version displaces 16,640 lbs (7.75 t) equivalent to the originally planned weight of Swede 55 in 1975. 7’4″ (2,22 m) depth. 9,036 lbs ballast (4.1 t) enables the boat to carry a 62 sqm main and a 43 sqm jib. The impressive 72′ (22 m) spar is about 13ft/4 metres longer than that one of Swede 55. Fractional rigged it is secured by runners and checkstays. Two boats were delivered in 1989, one sailed in Southampton waters, Scotland and the mediterranean. It later returned via Germany to Sweden. I sold the prototype from Sweden to Germany in 1995. The boat was laminated in the original Swede 55 mould (different appendages and interiour) and is now marketed as Swede 52.
Vortex Swede 55 in wood – 1990
As far as I know Swede 55 is the only series manufactured glass fibre boat being built again in a wooden replica.
Joel White Design # 50 – 1994
This 62’ sloop was designed in 1994 by the late Joel White, father of Steve White who built the Swede 55 replica Vortex. The client asked for added length to increase the interior space while keeping similar proportions. The design is based on a balance of simplicity and performance, resulting in a slender hull, with striking lines. Long overhangs, a gentle entry, and a simple doghouse give her a classic look that still has a sleek, fast feel. Boat not jet built.
76 ft Goshawk – 2005
Goshawk was built by Brooklin Boat Yard in collaboration with Rockport Marine as an embodiment of a traditionally-based, forward-thinking design perspective by a Stephens/Waring design. Waterline 53’5″ (16.28 m), Beam 14’6″ (4.42 m), Draft 10’6″ (3.2 m), Displacement 43,000 lbs (19,5 t), Sailarea 2,000 sq ft (186 sqm), Sail area/Displacement ratio 25.6. Built in wood, foam, and carbon for lightweight and cost-effective construction. Under sail she is powerful and exquisitely balanced, and her light displacement and easily-driven hull means that her sail plan can be relatively small for easy handling. Goshawk’s long counter and low wetted surface help her slide along in light air, and her clean run easily serves up speeds in the mid-teens under spinnaker in a breeze.
Hakan Södergren design Swede 68 – 2008
Francis Lee – 2012/14
Foto on top of this page shows the Swede 55 Mk II Universal Heartbeat off Needles/Isle of Wight © Beken of Cowes/Swedesail