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The Fjord 48 Open – A 2014 Show Stopper

Published on July 10, 2013 by   ·   No Comments

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The press launch of the concept for Fjord’s new 48 Open at BOOT Düsseldorf 2013 created a real anticipation for the world premiere ‘real thing’ unveiling at the same event next year.  Designed by Patrick Banfield from Allseas Design, this superbly safe, high performance craft will be a welcome addition to the Fjord stable.

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The Fjord Company has some interesting roots.  In the late 1950s, Fjord’s Norwegian founder, Alf Richard Bjercke, visited Hannover Boat Fair (yes,Hannover had a boat show) and decided that the world needed a boat like a Fjord in the same way that, decades earlier, Henry Ford had decided that everybody needed a car like a Ford.

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But whilst Mr Henry Ford was into inexpensive products and mass production “any customer can have a car painted any colour that he wants so long as it is black” – Fjord’s 48 Open for example has a ‘standard specification’ price of 649,000 euros (far from inexpensive) and is customisable for everything from entertainment systems to upholstery, paintwork to engines.

From the first boats he created in a rented workshop in the 1960s, Alf wanted to manufacture in a very Norwegian way:  resolute and reliable like a Viking, and honest, seaworthy and solid.  Success came quickly and Fjord, now part of the Hanse Group, designs clever cruisers for all corners of the globe.

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The modern Fjord line may still be resolute and solid but has more than a sprinkling of style and glamour.  Boats are characterized by sleek design, high performance and quality of life aboard and are used as regular yachts, party boats, or increasingly as tenders for bigger motor yachts.  The new Fjord 48 Open was built as a response to client requests for a larger model. It is unbelievably well thought through and, thanks to the customisation, you can be sure that your Fjord 48 Open will be different from all its siblings.

Banfield’s design includes a deep v hull and a solid bulwark, which enables safe movement for family and friends on the side decks.  The master cabin includes a large head with separate shower and there is a well-equipped guest cabin, accessible via a door in the saloon, with its own head and separate shower.

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The living space is generous, with the deck being the most obvious place to unwind and capacious enough for 12 people.  The deck design includes sunpads, a dining table and kitchen with sink, stove, fridge and icemaker. There is also a hydraulic teak bathing platform with integrated ladder and a tender bay with a launching system suitable for a 285 Williams jet RIB.

This 15 metre long sports cruiser has a 4.80 metre beam and features a sandwich construction hull, topsides with a robust GRP inner grid and up to three (two is standard) D6 Volvo IPS 600 435hp diesel engines alongside a Volvo Positioning System and joystick steering.  An e-key start – just sweep it over the RFID (radio frequency ID) and you’re off – is a very nice touch.

The Fjord team promises top speeds of up to 42 knots. Compared to the Fjord 40 Open, the 48 Open offers more interior space, a greater seating area on deck, bigger companionway, more headroom, a larger cockpit, wider beam, larger galley and more refrigeration.  It is modern to the extreme, wowing with its bold view of the future.  We can’t wait for the 2014 big reveal.

www.fjordboats.com

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