Scandinavian Cruisers is bringing a new line of sailboats to the United States. First introduced at the Düsseldorf Boat Show in January, the builder offers two designs.
The Scandinavian Cruisers 20 is a daysailer with the lines of a traditional skerry. It uses a semi-stayed rotating carbon fiber wingmast for better sailing performance and a lifting keel and rudder for reducing draft as needed.
Sails include a furling asymmetrical spinnaker, full-battened main and furling self-tacking jib with vertical battens. The lightweight, low-maintenance hull and deck are constructed in E-glass, VE resin and Navicell. Sail-away price is $24,900.
Scandinavian Cruisers' second boat is the just-launched Dory 18. With the lines of a classic clinker/ lapstrake dory, it performs well under sail, or as a rowing shell, according to the manufacturer. The sailing package uses a modern tri-radial mainsail for exceptional upwind performance and includes a carbon mast, rudder and centerboard. Optional rowing packages offer sliding seats, footrests, outriggers and carbon fiber oars for one or two rowing positions. The Dory 18 is row-away priced at less than $10,000 and sail-away for less than $16,000.
Scandinavian Cruisers is a new company founded by third-generation boatbuilder Nis Peter Lorentzen. There are also plans to introduce larger 30- and 40-foot daysailers in the near future using the same design philosophies.
Both boats can be seen this fall at the Newport or Annapolis boat shows.
Haye Kesteloo, based in Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y. represents Scandinavian Cruisers in the Northeast. For information, visit www.scandinaviancruisers.com.
This article originally appeared in the Home Waters sections of the August 2010 issue.