„There are those who don’t believe in taking a condo to sea“ Nautical Quarterly
The interior layout of Swede 55 reveals four separate cabins. The front cabin with a double berth and separate bathroom ahead of the mast, the main cabin in the midship area, the pantry and navstation next to the companionway. Behind the centre cockpit there is a nicely separated aft cabin.
Midship cabins offer full headroom from companionway through the boat to the bathroom. Swede 55 provides amenities and desirable privacy for two couples, a family or for a cruise with friends aboard. The forward and aft cabins are nicely secluded. In the maincabin the backrests of the settees fold down making room for two separate bunks.
The salon seats six persons nicely, in a casual manner up to ten. The forward cabin has its own ventilation and entrance through a hatch. The pilot’s bunk is practical when sailing long distance and favoured by children. Bunk sizes:
- Forward cabin: double V-berth with infill – head/foot 71/32 inch wide, 70 inch long
- Main cabin: two separate bunks – head/foot 37/32 in wide, 86 in long
- Pilot’s bunk: 52 in wide, 86 in long
- Aft cabin: double berth – head/foot 51/79 in wide, 79 in long
Permanent bunks in forward and aft cabin are shown green. Convertible bunks in saloon and pilot’s bunk are shown blue. Besides the number of seven bunks in total the boat is ideal for three to four persons. In case of rain, the center cockpit in the harbor is protected with a tarpaulin back to the aft cabin. So you can change clothes standing in the open hatch of the aft cabin. When sailing through the night, the aft cabin is practical. Here the offduty sailor sleeps well thanks to little montion and water noise. Further he can be addressed directly by the helmsman in case assistance is needed.
With hatches and skylights closed, the cabins offer the following heights:
- Companionway/Galley/Navstation 1,89 m (6.2 ft)
- Main cabin 1.79 – 1.82 m (70 – 72 in)
- Bathroom 1.68 – 1.78 m (66 – 70 in)
- front cabin 1.55 m (61 in)
- aft cabin ≈ 1.22 m (4 ft)
The interior is made of natural teak being sanded and oiled. The hull is covered with pliable and ventilated ceiling battens. A functional and tasteful ambience suiting to decent swedish onboard life.