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Our new website went live on 7th June 2017 and our membership is growing fast. The word is out. A site that truly caters for the Najad sailing community.
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Swedish yard Najad is introducing the two all new N395 AC and N395 CC.
The yachts are designed in a joint venture by Najad, Farr Yacht Design – acknowledged as the top racing-yacht design team in the world, and Ken Freivokh Design – superyacht stylist, architects, and interior designers.
“At Farr Yacht Design, we are extremely proud to be selected as designers for Najad. The opportunity to combine our extensive experience with Najad’s unparalleled craftsmanship promises to result in something very special. Our challenge, which we take very seriously, is to take important steps forward while retaining the greatness of the Najad heritage”, says Patrick Shaughnessy, President of Farr Yacht Design.
“Two sailing yachts at just under 40’ (12m), elegant, with great sailing performance, lovely proportions, internal headroom, excellent accommodation, capable of sleeping up to eight people, two shower rooms…. a worthy challenge to achieve such objectives in a seemingly effortless way, and one that gave our team the opportunity to consider from first principles, think out of the box and, of course, we are pleased to have found all the answers alongside the very experienced and free thinking team at Farr Yacht Design”, says Ken Freivokh, Chief Exec. at Ken Freivokh Design.
N395 AC and N395 CC are two fast sailing blue water cruisers, with updated modern yet timeless design. The board option list offers the same equipment available as for the larger Najad yachts. www.najad.se
Darrell NicholsonThe new teak deck aboard Pleasure, a Hallberg-Rassy 352, was the most expensive part of the boat’s refit.
A day after clawing my way through the sea of tourists descending from Norway’s most photographed spot, the precipitous ledge known as Priekestolen, it was a relief to find myself far from land aboard a well-found Scandinavian yacht with a sensible Norwegian skipper at the helm. The boat was a lovely Hallberg-Rassy 352based out of Stavanger, Norway, the gateway to the country’s golden-egg-laying goose, the North Sea oil fields. The marina we sailed out of was once the construction site for the impressive Condeep gravity based structures for oil platforms, but the only evidence of this mammoth operation was a tower-top restaurant overlooking the modern marina and housing development.
The skipper looked just as I expected a Norwegian skipper to look, complete with ruddy cheeks and a white beard. His name, of course, was Olaf. A police officer just months away from retirement, Olaf told me he had left the boat for a complete refit in Sweden for a year while he was in Liberia on a UN Peace Mission. He’d only recently brought it home to Norway. The overhaul took place on the island of Orust—home to the Hallberg-Rassy, Sweden Yachts, Najad, and Malo—where half of all of Sweden’s yachts are built. A magnet for talented marine carpenters, Orust might be compared to Southwest Harbor, Maine, or Port Townsend, Wash., in U.S.
In a recent blog post, I wrote about the common costly mistakes that new owners often make when refitting their sailboats. Olaf, who had competed in several ocean races to Scotland and had owned the boat for 10 years, knew better. His refit tab wasn’t cheap—almost half of what the boat might sell for in Europe—but with a long cruise of the Baltic on the horizon, he wanted to do it right.
Sails, rigging, chainplates all got replaced as needed, but the most expensive project was a complete replacement of the teak decks. The crew Olaf contracted in Sweden used a patented vacuum-bagging method that required no screws. Our Sarasota, Fla. neighbors, Teakdecking Systems, uses a similar technique to lay the decks of expensive megayachts and Chris Craft powerboats.
If you have read about PS contributor Joe Minick’s DIY $15,000 teak-deck overhaul in Turkey, then you have an idea of what the project entails. Add the expensive taxes in Scandinavia and the cost of skilled Swedish craftsman into the equation, and you can understand why Olaf would put himself in the line as an advisor to security forces in places like Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Liberia. It pays the yard bills.
The result was stunning. From the immaculate scarfs on the caprail to the elegant HR logo on the anchor locker, the new deck looked as nice as I’ve seen on any fresh-from-the-factory boat. “This boat will still be around long after I’m gone,” Olaf said cheerfully, as if he was looking forward to the day. (The Norwegian sense of humor takes some adjustment.)
Old teak decks can be a deal breaker for the used boat buyer. Unless the previous owner(s) have taken a white-glove approach to deck maintenance, about 30 years of use is all you can hope for in a modern, 12-millimeter-thick teak deck. The wood’s biggest foe is the scrub brush, which can chew through the soft grain and shave years off the deck’s life. So if you are looking at an old Taiwanese-built cruiser from the 1970s with a deeply-grooved old teak deck, give it a close inspection, especially the subdeck; you might be biting off more than you can chew. Even if the cored deck below the teak is in good condition, re-caulking and refastening an existing deck is a time-consuming project.
While chandleries are stocked with a range of teak deck cleaners and sealers, the prevailing practice in Norway, explained Olaf, is to do nothing with the deck. A daily rinse with fresh water—no heavy scrubbing—no coatings, no dressing is the only treatment required. Just let the wood go silver. If the boat is left for a long time without any care, mold and dirt can build up to a point where you might need to do something more than water and a soft sponge. We’ve looked at several teak cleaners (see links below) that work for this job, but whatever route you choose, start with the gentlest approach first. And no hard scrubbing.
Subscribers who want to check out some of our other teak-deck related tests will be interested in our teak cleaner test and our teak caulk test. And if you insist on a golden-hue “new teak” finish and don’t mind the extra work, you can check out the results of our wood finish test, which included some products specifically designed for teak decks. Otherwise, you can just do like Olaf: Enjoy your golden years with a silver deck, and go sailing instead of seeking perfection.
Have used the Norwegian way on the exterior teak of my Shannon 37 cutter since she was new 1988. After 25 years in south Texas the silver teak could easily be brought back to “Bristol” condition if one wished, but better the boat be your slave, not vice versa!
Najad Yachts is a yacht builder headquartered in Henån, Sweden. According to the company website, the firm was founded in 1971. As of 2005, the company had 160 employees, and produced up to approximately 80 yachts per year. Worldwide sales include Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Turkey and the US.
History Najad was founded in 1967 by Berndt Arvidsson and Thorwald Karlsson, in Kungsviken, Orust, Sweden. The first model, a 34-foot boat designed by Olle Enderlein, was built in 1971. It went from the at the time traditional long keel in favor of more natural end of the propeller shaft, while the engine was given a more appropriate location.
Sweden’s Lidköpings Båtsnickeri, builders of SwedeStar sailing yachts, has acquired Najadvarvet
Yachting Monthly by Dick Durham October 15, 2003
Sweden’s Lidköpings Båtsnickeri, builders of SwedeStar sailing yachts, has acquired Najadvarvet. The new owners have purchased all rights to Najad boats,reports IBI magazine.
“I’m very happy to announce positive news on the boating market,” says Håkan Bengtsson, manager at SwedeStar/Lidköpings Båtsnickeri, based at lake Vänern. “Through the acquisiton of Najad we complete our range of boats under the SwedeStar range.”
Najad was founded in 1971 and has since built more than 2,000 sailing boats. The acquisition means that Najad’s production will move to Henån on the island of Orust and the yard that was originally built for the Najad production.
“Through this acquisition we have really good possibilities to build a strong and stable company with the SwedeStar and Najad boat ranges,” says Bengtsson. “Together with local subcontractors, we will take advantage of the good boatbuilding tradition in Sweden to produce an exclusive series of sailing boats.”
A very sad day for Swedish boatbuilding as 40-year old traditional yacht manufacturer Najad is declared officially bankrupt.
With regret Yachting World received a press release today, Tuesday 9th August 2011, stating that the District Court of Uddevalla, Sweden, has declared Najadvarvet AB bankrupt. The company gained a prestigious reputation during its 40 years of manufacturing, with over 2000 pedigree cruising yachts to its name. But Najad’s statement reports that the “company has suffered a major liquidity crisis due to its weak sales, misguided ventures of its former owner as well as the long-term decline in demand in the boat industry and the on-going difficulties on the financial markets around the world.”
Najad’s future had been looking rosier over the past two years, thanks to an injection of funds from its current UK-owner Animatrix Capital LLP who own 90% of the company plus the formation of a new Swedish-based management board. But the release went on to explain how “due to old disputes and conflicts with third parties as well as other problems, the extensive injections of capital have not been sufficient to save the company. For several years now the market segment for prestige yachts on the international market has for been characterised by strong competition, downward pressure on prices and poor profitability. During the spring of 2011 the market continued to deteriorate, and due to this it is no longer possible to run a profitable business. Therefore, the board of Najadvarvet AB sees no other solution than to file for bankruptcy.
“The decision was taken by the board at a point in time during the year when all sold and manufactured boats have been delivered to the customers, which means that a minimal amount of customers will suffer from the bankruptcy. The debts due to suppliers are at the lowest point of the year.”
Chairman of the Najadvarvet AB board Hans Johansson closed the statement by saying “It is our hope that the efforts employed during the last period will lead to a continued operation of the entire or at least parts of the business”.