View Post

Friedrich Judel 30 square metre boat Contra

Chesnut brown mahogany, copper coloured underwater body, inclined stern. Stretched keel and an effective rudder blade. A serious spar on top. This boat was the nightmare of square metre boat sailors at Lake Constance in the eighties in the first version. Contra as a modern 30 sqm Skärgårdskryssare At that time, Dr. Klaus Mueller from Überlingen, had boat designer Friedrich …

View Post

Swede 55 as Vindö

Every sailor admires the Vindö cruising boats from the Swedish west coast. Vindös are seventies compromises worth looking at, made of a rock solid and easy-care fibreglass hull with teak deck and handsome mahogany superstructure. A tempting mix of practicality with the traditional look and feel aboard.The Dream of Lasse Ristikankare In the 1980s, Finnish wooden boatbuilder Lasse Ristikankare transformed …

View Post

S30 cruising square metre boat Kauri

This S30 with construction and sail number 22 is remarkable in two respects: Kauri is in good condition with a mint interior crafted by the Wegener boatyard and a renewed engine with Lake Constance permission (high environmental and exhaust standard). Secondly, the boat comes with a 2 m longer carbon rig, power winches and new sails. It is ideally suited …

View Post

Square metre boats: A matter of sail area

Unlike other sailboats, the classic Skärgårdskryssare or square metre and their successors for cruising are designated by sail area instead of their length or a formula. For example, the 15 stands for the smallest 15 square metre class, the 22 for the 22s, and so on. If the designation number is underlined, as in the above photo of a 30, …

View Post

75 square metre boat Gustaf

This almost 59 ft, 18 metre long daysailer is so antiquated that at first glance it appears to be a coloured black-and-white foto of times gone by. However, the boat is real and not restored, a new construction of 2017. The sail geometry is also wonderfully outdated. Three quarters of Gustaf’s sail area is in the mainsail, the rest in …

View Post

Where to put the anchor?

Swede 55 can be enjoyed as built in the 1970s. Believe it or not and even if some do-it-yourselfers find it difficult: you can simply sail this boat as it is – with one exception: Unfortunately, the yard did not consider an important issue at the time, anchoring. A secure anchor that you can easily deploy and back on board …

View Post

Square metre boat: A matter of length

Anything flat-hulled with long overhangs, made of wood, ideally with a glossy finish? This is how most sailors answer this question. In principle, that’s true, since the open design class launched in 1908 for racing in the Stockholm archipelago or Skärgård initially left a lot of freedom. Only the sail area was limited. If you wanted to win with a …

View Post

How to buy the right Swede 55

Not long ago, an American contacted me regarding the purchase of a secondhand Swede 55. As a former 55 owner he was familiar with the boat. Enthralled by the 55, he found a particular boat on the eastern seaboard of the US and sought advice whether to inspect it at all or not. He booked advice to find an answer …

View Post

Sailing Swede 41 Classic

September 21 Richard Natmeßnig invites me for an afternoon aboard his Swede 41 Classic named Sleipnir. Having spent three unforgettable hours at the tiller of his boat on Fehmarnsund, I warn you straight away: Never sail this one. Not due to heel or for being so close to the sea. But the experience is addicting. It spoils you for the …

View Post

Which spar is it?

An S30 sailor wants a jockey pole for his cruising square metre boat for spinnaker sailing at closer angles. Together with matching eye plates to hang on the side of the mast this is no big deal. The boom and fittings are requested from the leading mast builder Seldén via the Hamburg agent Herman Gotthardt. Seldén probably supplied the rigging …