Swede 55 sailor and Swedesail founder Erdmann Braschos – Foto Swedesail

The crusing square metres of the seventies are fine boats: easy to keep, robust and a bit heavy.

Swede 75 Promotion in der Segler-Zeitung 1994
Swede 75 in der Segler-Zeitung 1994

So, tempted by the advantages of composite boatbuildung materials by SP-Systems (today named Gurit), I founded Swedesail in 1991. A swedish boatbuilder then relaunched the cruising squaremetre yachts S30 as Swede 41 and Swede 55 as Swede 75 in advanced lightweight construction. Test sailing the boat with clients in May 1992 at Kiel-Schilksee, Swede 75 impressed with performance equal to empty top notch racers preparing for the MAIOR Admiral’s Cup selections.

Same boat just better?

30 sqm cruising squaremetre boat Lotus © Erdmann Braschos
30 sqm cruising squaremetre boat Lotus – Foto Erdmann Braschos

Sailing since childhood I became familiar with offshore sailing in the seventies aboard a 30 sqm boat type Lotus: 39 x 7 x 5 ft draft, 5.700 lbs (12 x 2.15 x 1.50 m draft, 2.6 t). Crossing the Skagerrak, navigating around the exposed southwestern coast of Norway to Stavanger or a speedy three day sprint from the German seaboard to Åaland isles were embossing adventures. Then it was time for a boat with full headroom, a restroom instead of a bucket and a reliable inboard engine, Swede 55. In the nineties I published about square metre boats and the international rule/metre boats. My articles on boat restoration, naval architects, sailors and boatbuilders contributed to the renaissance of classic yachting in Germany and Switzerland.

Super Swede 53 im Bau - Foto Erdmann Braschos
Super Swede 53 under construction in Hergla/Tunisia – Foto Erdmann Braschos
Contributions to book by Wilfried Erdmann 1992/1995
Chapters for book published by bluewater sailor Wilfried Erdmann 1992/1995

I sold the Swede 75 prototype, some Swede 41 newbuilds to Germany and the mediterranean, secondhand Swede 55s from Scandinavia, a Super Swede 53 and boldly opened a branch in 405 Lexington Avenue in Manhattan, named Swedesail North America. The 71st floor of the Chrysler building uptown New York was a good adress, where a real estate man conducted a more profitable business.

Contributions to EYD published 2003 © W.W. Norton & Company
Contributions to EYD published 2003 © W.W. Norton & Company

Hands on advice for buyers and owners

Disappointed with stalling communication/adherence to delivery dates of my colleagues in Sweden and the craftsmanship, I stopped selling new boats in 1997. Giving up the attempt was not easy. I focussed on my work as journalist and own Swede 55. Today, I am advising sailors considering a new or secondhand yacht, or boat owners regarding repair, maintenance or alterations. I am helping as well with preparing the sale of yachts. This consultancy is based on decades of experience with 30 and 55 sqm cruising skerrycruisers, on hands operation of my boat and knowledge of the industry. I am working straightforward – focused on what the client wants to achieve.