€160,000 tax paid

Classically-styled traditional Swedish ketch

General Information

Manufacturer/ModelBengt Romell 20m Traditional Swedish Wooden Ketch
DesignerBengt Romell, Conny Wiktor and team
Boat NameVilja
New or UsedUsed
Sale StatusAvailable
Tax/VAT StatusTax paid
LyingHorvik, Sweden


LOA19.88m (65'0")
LWL15.7m (51'0")
Beam4.21m (13'0")
Draft2.3m (7'0")
Hull ConstructionWood
EngineVolvo TAMD 60 200hp
Keel TypeLong Keel

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Matias Renlund
Broker - Grabau International Sweden & Scandinavia

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    Launched in 2010, VILJA is a classically-styled ketch-cutter constructed from locally and sustainably sourced Larch and Douglas Fir.


    Simply stunning Swedish traditional ketch built in 2010 in locally and sustainably sourced Larch and Douglas Fir. VILJA benefits from an easily managed ketch/cutter rig with self-tacking staysail and self-tailing winches for main halyards and checkstays. Below decks VILJA features an absolutely beautiful hand-crafted Elm interior with a versatile interior layout affording up to 14 berths outside of the saloon. Her specification highlights include:-
    • Larch hull with Douglas fir franes
    • Larch deck
    • Elm interior
    • Lead encapsulated keel
    • Ketch rig with white painted spars
    • Furlers for genoa and staysail
    • Self-tacking staysail
    • Lewmar deck gear
    • Volvo TAMD 60 200hp engine
    • Battery charger and Inverter
    • Ipad plotting
    • AIS
    • Autopilot
    • Stern anchoring system
    • Gennaker


    The VILJA project started on 23 November 2003 when a group of people gathered in Norra Strö to discuss whether there was interest in building a boat together. It was agreed to build a sailboat that could fulfil the wishes of the group and individuals as much as possible, so together we decided that we would jointly be responsible for design and construction. Several of the group members considered that the internal spaces and comfort onboard should be given priority and that it was essential that relatively many could stay on board at the same time. Based on the wishes, a half model was made for a boat that was just over 19 m long and 4.2 m wide.

    Bengt Romell, who runs Snickeriverkstan in Killebro (formerly the company Bengts Båtbyggeri) was appointed to coordinate the work. Bengt was born in 1960 just south of Gothenburg and has been sailing since he was a child. He has extensive experience of renovating wooden boats but has also built a number of boats in both wood and GRP.

    The construction was financed by the co-owners investing money and their own working hours. In the spring of 2004, the co-owner group had grown to 27 people. Above all, there were now, within the group, people with competence knowledge and resources in several areas:
    • Machining and tools belonging to Kullaberg flooring, a company that manufactures solid wood floors, primarily of oak, were used for sawing and timber handling. The logs of oak, larch, douglas fir and elm, which were bought from local forest owners in the area, could be transported here.
    • Woodworking and wood crafts were carried out with Snickeriverksta’n in Killebro’s machines. The land was also borrowed here where the boat could be built.
    • All stainless steel work such as tanks, fittings, bolts etc. mm. was carried out by Thomas Henningsen who was employed at Hansén's workshops, a company that worked a lot to manufacture stainless steel products e.g. Tetra Pak, Stora Enso, Flygt and various dairies.
    • Mast and rig were assembled from parts such as Trinidad Rigging, provided us with, however, all stays and won were new. Calculations regarding strength and construction were made by Selden Mast AB. Jonas Romell from Trinidad Rigging made sure that everything was mounted correctly when the boat was rigged in Åhus.
    • Mainsail and front jib have been sewn by Tuss Sails.

    VILJA was launched in 2010 and has since sailed in the Swedish archipelago, sometimes on the west coast and sometimes on the east coast. Her hull shape provides a smooth and comfortable ride even in rougher seas and her large sail area provides relatively good speed even in lighter winds. She is now being sold to make room for new projects.



    RCD Status:
    • It is our understanding that the vessel is exempt from the requirements of Directive 94/25EC (Recreational Craft Directive) as she is of full home construction and has been in use by her owner for more than five years.

    Hull, Deck & Superstructure Construction:
    • Hull: Larch
    • Frame: Douglas fir
    • Deck: Larch with oak trimmings
    • Interior: Elm
    • Fittings, screws, bolts and other metal constructions in acid-resistant stainless
    • Topsides painted white

    Keel & Rudder:
    • Encapsulated full length keel with lead ballast
    • Hydraulic steering


    Engine & gearbox:
    • Volvo Penta TAMD 60 6-cylinders diesel, 200 HP – pre-owned unit installed 2019
    • Reduction gearbox
    • Shaft drives
    • Fresh water cooling
    • Single lever gear/throttle control

    Maintenance & Performance:
    • Engine hours: Understood to be approx 2,000 at time of fitment in 2019
    • Last date of engine service: April 2019
    • Cruising speed under engine – approx. 6 knots
    • Maximum speed under engine – approx. 8 knots

    Propulsion & Steering:
    • Wheel steering with wood wheel


    Voltage systems:
    • 12vDC domestic system with 220vAC via shorepower or inverter

    Battery Banks:
    • 2x 12vDC engine start batteries
    • 6x 110Ah batteries
    • Nasa Marine BM-1 battery monitor

    Charging / Inverter:
    • 12vDC automatic battery charger
    • 220vAC inverter
    • Victron digital multi control for charger and inverter

    • 12vDC engine mounted alternator

    Shore Power:
    • 220vAC shore power connection


    Fresh Water:
    • Pressurised fresh water system with 12vDC pressure pump
    • Hot water provided by engine calorifier or 220vAC immersions heater element in 20 litre hot water tank.
    • Additional water heating via diesel fired saloon stove.

    Bilge Pumps:
    • 12vDC electric bilge pumps
    • Manual bilge pump


    • 350 litres in 1x stainless steel tank.
    • Fuel tank gauges

    Fresh Water:
    • 1,500 litres in 5x stainless steel tanks
    • Water tank gauges

    Holding Tanks:
    • 110 litre black water holding tank
    • Grey water discharges to sea
    • Holding tank gauge

    • Ipad for use as plotter
    • Class B AIS
    • Removable steering compass

    Communication Equipment:
    • VHF with DSC


    • Stainless steel gas stove with 5 burners and oven
    • 12vDC refrigerated coldbox in the galley / 12vDC/220vAC freezer located in the aft cabin
    • Twin stainless steel sinks with mixer tap

    • 12vDC electric head in the main washroom and a manul head in the smaller washroom
    • Hot & cold pressurised shower

    Heating & Ventilation:
    • Stainless steel diesel-fired stove in saloon – connected to water system for water heating

    • 12vDC deckhead lighting


    Summary of Accommodation:
    • Up to 14 berths excluding saloon settee berths
    • Double berth in forepeak
    • Double berth aft to starboard with twin bunks to port.
    • Forward heads with shower aft to port with twin bunks to starboard.
    • Saloon with U-shaped seating to port and L-shaped settee to starboard
    • Galley aft of saloon to port.
    • Aft facing chart table aft of saloon seating to starboard.
    • Aft heads aft of chart table and adjacent to companionway.
    • Double berth aft of heads to starboard.
    • Walkthrough from galley to port with access to further three single berths in aft cabin area.

    Accommodation Finish:
    • Interior joinery hand-crafted Elm wood with extensive use of solid timbers.
    • Wood soleboards
    • Wood headlinings
    • Cloth upholstery


    • Ketch rigged cutter arrangement with white painted aluminium spars
    • Keel-stepped masthead-rigged (24m) main mast with three sets of inline spreaders
    • Cutter stay with checkstays
    • Deck-stepped (14m) mizzen mast with triatic stay to main mast and two sets of inline spreaders
    • Manual furlers for genoa and staysail
    • Self-tacking track for staysail
    • Genoa tracks
    • Stainless steel wire standing rigging
    • Rod vang for mizzen
    • In-mast furling system for mizzen

    • Polished stainless steel winches
    • Self-tailing halyard winch at mast base
    • Self-tailing checkstay winches

    • Dacron 65sqm battened mansail
    • Dacron 22sqm inmast furling mizzen sail
    • Dacron 70sqm furling genoa
    • Dacron 26sqm furling self-tacking staysail
    • Dacron 200sqm gennaker

    • Stainless steel wire twin guardwires with stainless steel stanchions
    • Wood skylight ports on foredeck and aft deck
    • Bowsprit
    • Wood raised bulwark
    • Folding bow ladder

    Anchoring & Mooring:
    • Aft anchoring arrangement with 30kgs Delta anchor
    • 20kgs secondary anchor
    • Warps and fenders


    General note on safety equipment: Any safety equipment such as liferafts, Epirbs, fire extinguishers and flares etc. are usually personal to the current owner(s) and if being left on-board as part of the sale of a used vessel may require routine servicing, replacement, or changing to meet a new owners specific needs.

    • Horseshoe buoy
    • Fire extinguishers

    Viewing arrangements

    Lying in Hörvik, Sweden

    Available to view strictly by appointment

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    Saturday by prior appointment

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    Please Note: Due to the varying locations of our yachts, your travel time and the distances that may be involved, we recommend that you only make arrangements to view if you are actively considering purchase.

    Lead broker: Matias Renlund – Grabau international (Scandinavia)
    Tel: +358406861501
    Email: matias@grabauinternational.com

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