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Show stopping Fjord 40 at Sanctuary Cove Boatshow
Scandanavian motor yacht boat builders Fjord partner with German high volume production yacht manufacturer Hanse to launch the new Fjord. The new Fjord lines originate on the Cote d’Azur, in Australia and on the Baltic.
Windcraft Australia is delighted to be the importer for the new generation Fjord cruisers.
The Fjord 40 Open is the first in a long run of introductions from the new development program at Fjord after they joined in a close cooperation with HanseYachts AG. Hanse has become one of the largest yacht producers in Europe in recent years offering unquie designs and the innovation leader with the best price performance ratio. Fjord will now follow and plans to launch more than 15 new models in the next 4 years, and will through this take an aggressive stand to play a major role in the future motorboat market.
This new line of innovative performance cruisers from the renowned Norwegian boat builder comes with a proud history of building tough, dependable and seaworthy boats. Their new spectacular one-level designs with modern interior are certain to impress.
The Fjord story, like many exciting stories, has a humble beginning. In the late 1950s, a Norwegian named Alf Richard Bjerke visited a German boat show. He decided, then and there, that the world needed boats named Fjord.
The Fjord’s inventor thought of the early Ford automobile, the car for 'every-man'; he envisioned Fjord as that kind of boat. He also understood that the word 'Fjord' connotes Vikings: Tough, dependable, honest, seaworthy, and
solid. In 1960, Bjerke started building boats in his first workshop and found a recipe for success. Fjord sales consistently grew: By the early seventies, Fjord sales surpassed the sales of all other European motor boat manufacturers.
Tastes change and Fjord’s designs changed with them. At the end of the 1980s, Eivind Amble replaced the traditional wooden designs with a new fibreglass boat that he called 'Terne' –the tern. Ten years later, Inger S. Brovid concentrated production on this boat.
Fjord builds each Terne with individual care and attention to detail. However, she was not 'everyman’s' boat. In 2005, Fjord’s managing director Morton Nordvold and Hanse Yachts agreed that Fjord needed both a new vision and a return to the central concept of the brand: The benefits of Fjord’s seafaring culture and experience should again be offered to 'everyman.'
The new team’s goal is to return the Fjord brand to the pinnacle of the European motor yacht industry. The new Fjord concept requires a clear vision. Beginning in 2006, Fjord is developing a range of yachts from 21 to 65 feet, including open cockpit, flybridge and limited edition models.
The naval architects at Allseas Design, led by Patrick Banfield, have intrigued customers seeking to have large yachts built. Allseas has designed the finest tenders. Some of the hottest motor yachts in the Mediterranean are Allseas designs.
For the recipe to work, the ingredients must be first class. The same applies to Fjord’s new vision. The new Fjord lines originate on the Cote d’Azur, in Australia and on the Baltic.
Patrick Banfield works at his drafting table in France where he is designing Fjord’s new concept together with his partner Jim Wilshire. Banfield’s visionary concepts are turned into practice reality by Jim Wilshire on a boat off the rugged Western coast of Australia.
To reinvent the motorboat, or to build tomorrow’s motor yacht today. The team from Fjord can do it because they know what matters. As with Hanse Yachts sailboats, we start with clean, uncluttered lines without unnecessary corners and edges.
Then we put it all on the table. Fast passages in heavy seas as few other boats can achieve. A Fjord moves quickly and quietly. As experienced sailors we prize seaworthiness. We also like quiet, so we drastically reduced the noise. Relax in peace from the first moment – relax on board your Fjord.
Carbon fiber, epoxy? Both Fjord & Hanse Yachts in Germany are familiar with these premium materials. The Fjord range will be built in SP Systems epoxy in the vacuum bagged method and a real blessing for Australian owners with the boats in water nearly 100% of their life it eliminates the possibility of osmosis. Comparititive tensile strength shows that epoxy resins are 30% stronger and 10% lighter than a polyester or vinyl ester resins.
This means the fuel efficiency is also better and coupled with Allseas hull design owners will be very pleased with the fuel savings on those long offshore passages. And should you ask whether we can accommodate unusual interior requests, we’ll show you what customizing means to us.
The Fjord 40 will be displayed by Windcraft Australia at the Santuary Cove Boat Show and shortly thereafter, the 35 and the first 44 and 50 later in the year.
Allseas designs succeed by combining the creative inspiration of Patrick Banfield with the solid experience of Jim Wilshire’s in designing fast ferries & patrol boats. From the Baltic, HanseYachts contributes the talents of its in-house design team and its experience as one of Europe’s most modern yacht manufacturers.
Windcraft Australia have also started a 24/7, 1300 service phone number coinciding with the celebration of the 100th Hanse Yacht sold by Windcraft and owners website.
The Australian Fjord state dealer network will follow after Sydney Boatshow and once the new German serial production facility has been expanded to cope with the initial demand for the new Fjord 40 Open and Cruiser.
Windcraft Australia Pty Ltd- Bayview Anchorage Marina,
1714 Pittwater Rd, Bayvie
w NSW 2104
Peter Hrones M. 0425 22 33 52
W. 02 9979 6612
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