The Fjord range boasts seven different size models, which share unmistakeably clean lines and a highly-functional deck. Their strong points include fast hulls and excellent technological content
by Luca Sordelli
The directness of a vertical bow, the angular shape, the large T-top, the central control panel and then the stern area which is clear and convertible. There are seven different models, from 10 to 17 metres long. Over the years Fjord has always provided, in a very coherent manner, a kind of open yacht whose clean lines have been very influential.
They can be tenders or maxi-tenders for superyachts, or can be attached to a villa, or they can be enjoyed as sporty boats that are particularly functional both above and below deck and are ideal for an enjoyable sea cruise. At Fjord they have developed a design philosophy that appeals to the widest range of markets, an approach that is as visually unmistakeable as it is coherent under the waterline.
The starting point has always been that they have been powered by(except for the smallest model in production) and there are extremely high-performance waterlines, while great attention is paid to safety and comfort. Fjord is a historic brand from the North, which dates from way back in 1960, when it was founded by two Norwegians, Alf Bjerke and Finn B. Roer, who were later joined by Jan Herrmann Linge.
They built tough, reliable boats that were typically Scandinavian. Since 2006 the yard has been part of the German group Hanse, which is a company with 2100 employees that owns six different brands of both sailing and motor boats, and has its headquarters in Greifswald, in the North of Germany. The great revolution began in 2013/2014: from the classic Terne boats (from 24 to 40 feet in length) they have moved on to the Fjord boats as we know them now, which were designed by Patrick Banfield.
The range currently starts with a boat of just over ten metres long, which is available in three different versions: 36 Open, the first to be launched, and then 36 My Tender and 38 Express. The distinctive Fjord characteristics can be seen on all three models, based on a hull that is 3.64 metres wide and displaces 6.4 tonnes and can have a T-top. Everything revolves around the central control panel, from which the double cabin can be reached (which has a surprisingly large bathroom) and which in the bow opens onto a second living area, in addition to the cockpit.
The basic motorisation set-up is with two 260hp Volvo Penta EFB D4s, but by using two 300 hp engines you can increase the top speed from thirty to forty knots. The 36 My Tenderis basically the same as the Open version, but it has additional steel structural strengthening so that when it is being used as a tender for super yachts it can be towed in complete safety.
By contrast the Fjord 38 Express uses an outboard engine, which is a set-up that is mainly designed for the export market, although it has also won over some European owners. Two Mercury Verados developing up to 350 hp can be fitted, taking the boat up to a top speed as high as 43 knots.
The next model up is the Fjord 40 Open, which is a significantly larger boat: it is twelve metres long and displaces ten tonnes, with two cabins below decks and the transmission is on the tractor propeller model, so it uses Volvo Penta IPS engines – specifically 500s or 600s. These give it a top speed of 30 or 40 knots respectively.
The Fjord 44 is actually the only one of the boats that the yard also offers in a Coupé version. In both cases it is based on a nicely-created 13.45 metre hull, with a maximum beam of 4.25 metres, but while with the basic set-up the layout follows classically Fjord lines, the “covered” version is dominated by a central, windowed section, which opens not just towards the stern, but also to the side and upwards, thanks to an electrically-powered hard top.
Both set-ups have a large double cabin and a bathroom below decks, as well as a large locker that can be converted into a small, twin cabin. IPS engines, either 500s or 600s, are the only power system that can be fitted, and they give a top speed of 30 and 36 knots respectively for the 44 Coupé (which weighs around 1,500 kg extra), figures that rise to 34 and 40 for the 44 Open.
Finally, the flagship of the range is the Fjord 52 Open, which is just over sixteen metres long and 4.79 metres wide, and repeats the design approach of the smaller models on a larger scale. So, it just uses Volvo Penta engines, with the option of choosing from the standard version, with two IPS 600s (top speed 34 knots), a pair of 700s or even three IPS 600s. Using this last set-up, the Fjord 52 Opencan reach 38 knots.
Additionally, both the interiors and the deck layout can be customised. The first two versions both have two cabins, with the large owner’s cabin in the bows, and the guest cabin midships, but you can choose between having one or two bathrooms. On the top deck, the basic set-up has two U-shaped sofas facing each other in the stern, but you can also choose to have a large central sun area that hides the garage for the tender.
Fjord 40 Open
LOA:11.99m – Hull length 11.99m – Maximum beam 3.99m – Maximum draft 1.05m – Water tank volume 315 l – Fuel tank volume 970 l – Displacement 9.98 tonnes – EC Category B Max people on board 12 – Main propulsion: 2 x Volvo Penta IPS 500 Maximum speed of about 30 knots – as standard or 3 x Volvo Penta IPS 600 Maximum speed of about 40 knots – as optional
Fjord 36 Open
LOA. 10.85 m – Hull length 10.80m – Maximum beam 3.64m – Maximum draft 1.03m – Water tank volume 200 l – Fuel tank volume 600 l – Displacement 6.4 tonnes – EC Category B – Max people on board 12 – Main propulsion: 2 x Volvo Penta D4-260 Maximum speed of about 30 knots – as standard or 2 x Volvo Penta D4-300 – Maximum speed of about 40 knots, as optional
Fjord 44 Open
LOA: 13.45m – Hull length 11.99m – Maximum beam 4.25m – Maximum draft 1.04m – Water tank volume 295 l – Fuel tank volume 900 l – Displacement 9.57 tonnes – EC Category B – Max people on board 12 – Main propulsion: 2 x Volvo Penta IPS 500 Maximum speed of about 34 knots – as standard or 2 x Volvo Penta IPS 600 Maximum speed of about 40 knots – as optional
Fjord 52 Open
LOA: 16.36m – Hull length 14.20m – Maximum beam 4.79m – Maximum draft 1.37m – Water tank volume 390 l – Fuel tank volume 2080 l – Displacement 17.8 tonnes – EC Category B Max people on board 18 – Main propulsion: 2 x Volvo Penta IPS 700 Maximum speed of about 34 knots – as standard or 2 x Volvo Penta IPS 800 Maximum speed of about 36 knots – as optional – or 3 x Volvo Penta IPS600 Maximum speed of about 38 knots – as optional
FJORD – HANSEGROUP
Ladebower Chaussee 11,
D-17493 Greifswald, Germany
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