New Listing – 2003 Sweden Yachts 42


Grabau International  are delighted to announce the new listing of the 2003 Sweden Yachts 42 ‘LA DEFIANCE’

With just one caring owner since new, LA DEFIANCE has been very lightly used and aside from her original delivery trip from Sweden following her launch in May 2003, she has never left local waters.

LA DEFIANCE has proven to be the perfect short-handed cruising yacht with an effortless rig, comfortable interior and great seakeeping. Much updated in recent seasons, her specification highlights include:-

  • 3-cabin, 2-head layout
  • Wing-keel option
  • Upgraded size winch package including Andersen electric winches
  • North Sails Norlam and Spectra sails
  • North Sails including furling gennaker
  • Self-tacking headsail
  • Fully-battened mainsail with SDS battencars, single-line reefing, lazyjacks and stackpack
  • 24vDC domestic system
  • Maxprop feathering prop
  • Bowthruster
  • Twin alternators and gel batteries
  • Eberspacher diesel heating system
  • Sprung mattress in master cabin
  • Fridge and fridge/freezer
  • Holding tank
  • Upgraded radar & plotters

LA DEFIANCE is now offered for sale as her owners wish to move to a new motor yacht.


LA DEFIANCE has had by most standards fairly light use, I think we have only been caught out in a F6-7 twice. Apart from the delivery trip, she has been day sailed in the Channel Islands and on the North and South Brittany coasts. She has been raced on four occasions, three times in our local inter-Island race, when I was a flag officer for our Club and I felt I needed to attend, the other time was a fun race which my company used to sponsor, the wind did not go above a F3 on any race. Although I raced my previous two boats, I promised my wife I would give up when we bought this one, which has been our “country cottage”.


The 42 being the latest design in our new line of yachts is aimed for the experienced yachtsmen with the taste for a fine yacht. The further development of building methods makes it possible for us to offer a yacht of exceptional quality of build at a very competitive price. Those familiar with how we have designed and built yachts over the years will quickly find a number of very interesting developments. Woodwork is at an even higher level of finish and refinement. Deck design is as far away from the “gorilla lay-out” of the past that one can imagine. Self-tacking jib and large mainsail sheeted on the coachroof, all controls at easy reach close to the helmsman, and a free uncluttered cockpit takes all the efforts out of sailing and making all family members at ease.

Yet the 42 has a racing pedigree! Large sail area, high ballast ratio, and hydrodynamic like few other boats makes her a winner in any weekend outward or homeward ‘race’ among friends. Maneuverability and engine thrust makes any harbour visit a temptation to ‘show off’, but of course you never do such a thing…

Jens Ostmann, Designer.

To comment the design of Sweden Yachts 42, I will start with the three most important characteristics that I want to characterize the yacht.

Sweden Yachts 42 is designed to be a high performance easy-handled yacht, look beautiful and smart, and be perfectly balanced.

The sheer line (important as this line is the first line you see) is drawn, regarding bow height, stern height and horizontal curve to give a good balance between the fore ship (bow) and the stern of the yacht, both when lying at the dock and when sailing. The section above the waterline is chosen to create performance and style.

The steep bow together with the fine entry bow lines give low wave resistance. This and the fore ship under the waterline, are shaped regarding the prismatic coefficient and sections, to give soft sailing when tacking to windward in normal and heavy sea.

The lines of the aft ship combines good hydrodynamics, with an impression that the yacht is coming out of the water, to make it look light and nice in the water.

A lot of effort, calculations and experience has gone into the balance (weather helm) of the yacht, where shape of hull, in combination with centre of effort from sail plan and lateral plan is taken into consideration.

The keel is shaped to have low centre of gravity to give good stability. The plan form and sections are chosen to give high side force.

The rudder size, plan form and sections are chosen to create great angle of incidence (before stalling), high side force and low resistance when zero lift. The rudder shall also give a nice (balanced) feedback to the helmsman.

Sweden Yachts 42 has a high aspect fractional sail plan, with a self-tacking jib for easy handling. The size of the sail plan in combination with the stability of the boat allows for a wide wind range of sailing. With a 115% jib the boat has an excellent performance in moderate to medium wind conditions.

It’s a great pleasure to design yachts for Sweden Yachts, as they build yachts to the highest quality.

Peter Norlin, Naval Architect.

Sweden Yachts 42 – ‘La Defiance’ – £185,000 ex VAT – full details here


Do you have a yacht like this to sell? Grabau International are always looking for new high-quality yacht listings both in the UK and internationally. For further information about our tailored brokerage services, please look here or feel free to contact us.

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