SMARAGD, SWE 209
SWE209 Johanna was bought new from the factory in 1991. That was right before Hanne's and my first son was born. Four years later his sister joined in. Both of them were raised onboard practically from birth – with no guardrail, lifewests as a second skin, rice cakes, clean seas and lovely island adventures. In 2001 our boat was sold to a great friend in Norway. In 2017 I could not hold back any longer and bought her back. Johanna then went through a comprehensive update (described in our blog) with the idea that my children one day could continue to sail on the very same boat on which their sailing bonanza was born.
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The Smaragd was designed back in 1973 by Lennart Sterner and it was being built in Sweden up until 1995. It is a classical archipelago cruiser with long and sleek lines. The Smaragd has a loyal fan club and an active sailing and racing community with devoted owners. There are no warm water showers, no skipper cabins, walk in closets – just a fast, low racer and a killer boat sailing upwind. Images from the Swedish Smaragd Federation's website.
Type: Sailboat Smaragd
Length: 10,50 meter (34 feet)
Width: 2,2 meter
Beam: 2,25 m
Draft: 1,70 m
Displacement: 3300 Kg
RIGG AND SAILS: Benns conical aluminium mast. Boom with double reef system. Mainsail, furling jib, code one, spinnaker and a storm jib.
Drive: Torqeedo Cruise Pod Drive 4.0 and 10.0
Batteries: Torqeedo Power 24-3500 Lithium and Power 48-5000
Charger: Torqeedo chargers and solar panel 50W
See first installation video
See first installation picts
Raymarine instruments (backed up with paper charts)
Silva analog compass
Led navigation lights and anchor lights
Since we ditched the old fossil fuel engine back in early spring 2018 we have been sailing with two set ups with Torqeedo Pod Drives and batteries – in 2018 and 2019 with the Cruise 4.0 FP and in 2020 with the larger size Cruise 10.0 FP.
SEASON 2020 – TORQEEDO CRUISE 10.0 FP
THE POD DRIVE 10.0
The larger size pod drive – for boats up to 10 tons. With this drive underneath we had longer range and even more quiet rides. The extra power was welcomed in tougher conditions against the wind and the waves, and the silent spinning was appreciated as always.
A new battery set was installed with two Power 48-5000 Lithium batteries.
We used the same throttle and display for this set-up,
installed in 2018.
SEASON 2018-2019 – TORQEEDO CRUISE 4.0 FP
REAL TIME UPDATES
Showing the remaining range, waypoints, time of arrival, eco-logging and trip- logging.
THE POD DRIVE 4.0
What a relief that was. We took out the old fossil fuel engine, the tank, the tubes, the smell, the fuel, the holes for emission and cooling water. They were replaced by this sleek pod drive and folding propeller.
This is all we need for running and charging. turn on or off, pull forward or backwards. The software was doing the rest.
Two of these Power 24-3500 Lithium batteries was running the show aboard during 2018-2019.
Our toxic free coating, the brushes are manufactured by SeaBoost Oy, Finland. See our test results here.
We're sailing with safety equipment according to the 2018-2019 World Sailing Offshore Special Regulations 6.01. Skipper onboard holds a Yacht Master, Coastal Certificate and World Sailing Offshore Safety Certificate (Read more about safety training here)
Automatic Information System (AIS)
Life raft (4 persons)
Lifejackets with AIS MOB units
Jacklines and clipping points
Passive radar reflector
Smaragd is a boat designed in the 1970-ies. There are original drawings somewhere and other documents of interest to Smaragd owners. We are collecting what we can find here, and we share them for downloading to anyone interested: