J Craze

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J Craze

Our office is presently working on the design of this magnificent J, which we are optimising in every detail to meet the current handicap rules of the J Class Association. The hull proved to be one of the fastest upwind during our research program and, with a minimalist interior, Svea is sure to be among the top new contenders on boat speed and handicap. The hull lines of the Svea project were originally drawn by Tore Holm, famous for his Meter Class designs in the 1930s. Holm conceived Svea as a racer and his philosophy will be very apparent as the yacht finally comes to life seven decades later. The aluminium hull construction will start in May 2009 at Freddie Bloemsma’s specialised yard, the third aluminium J class hull to be built to a Hoek design there. The yacht will then be finished by Claasen Jachtbouw once Lionheart has left.

This is under development for a consortium of three Dutch and three Swedish owners who will use the yacht for corporate racing. "Svea’s hull will most probably be built in Holland and the yacht will then be finished at a Swedish yard," Hoek reveals. "Svea proved to be a strong upwind performer in our tests and is one of the best looking J’s ever designed."

Update: Svea is one of the few remaining super J’s that had yet to be built and we are very pleased to be involved in this stunning project. She will be for sale during her construction and our office is presently talking to various parties interested in this project.

Whilst researching 8 Metre plans in 1999, John Lammerts van Bueren discovered plans for a Swedish J Class yacht by designer, Tore Holm, dating from 1937. The hull was to be the longest of all the J’s – a Super racing J. Research by the Hoek design office suggest that this will be one of the fastest of all J’s. The Owner plans to build with a flush deck to the original design.

The lines plans were approved on the 17th February and building of the aluminium hull is planned to start in May 2009. Completions is likely in 2011, making this one of the longest yacht construction projects – 74 years from a design start in 1937 to expected completion in 2011.


  • LOA 41.50 m
  • LWL 26.55 m
  • Beam 6.40 m
  • Draft 4.57 m
  • Upwind Sail area 704 m2
  • Project designers: Hoek Design
  • Hull and deck construction – Freddie Bloemsma Shipyard
  • Finishing: Classen Jachtbouw

Filip Silfverhielm