On Orust boatbuilding tradition is very strong. Our closeness to the sea has generated skilled boat builders who have quality, safety and your comfort first in mind. Since 1971 Najad has made dreams come true creating yachts that combines excellent sailing with timeless design and a strong sense of craftsmanship.
The boatbuilding tradition on Orust can be traced right back to the 1100s. The Vikings used the natural harbour of Kungsviken and the abundant pine and oak forests to build their boats. Boat building continued over the centuries and in the beginning of the 1900s small boat builders began to use natural resources in the area and then build boats of all sizes and models. Just such a builder, Oscar Arvidsson, worked with his son Berndt to produce fine quality boats for sailing.
In the late 1960’s Berndt, along with his colleague Thorwald Karlsson, took the decision to hire the designer Olle Enderlein to draw up lines for a ‘ robust 33-34 foot cruiser of exceptional quality, with a roomy interior, enough sail area and deep enough for a large motor and, of course, good looking!’ the end result of improving manoeuvrability and handling by moving away from a full-length keel and offering a separate rudder was a radical concept at the time, but it worked.
Our foundation is a proud tradition of unparalleled craftsmanship paired with modern engineering and refined design. The consequence is a unique relationship between sailor and yacht. And precious moments to keep in your heart for years to come.
The stability and sailing dynamics were a revelation and hull number 1, named ‘Najad’ was launched in 1971. After a bit of consideration the name Najad was chosen for two reasons, partly to celebrate the ship “Najaden”, a well known Swedish fully rigged sailboat that was famous at the time and partly because the word “Najad” comes from Greek mythology and refers to a type of water nymph – a female creature which seduces men and women in the water.
After a successful boat show in Hamburg, orders for the new 34 came thick and fast and “Kungsviken Marine” – which was the name of Berndt and Thorwald’s shipyard at that time, had to move to larger premises to cope with demand. The company made sure that hull were Lloyds inspected and approved, so there would never be any doubt that both the interior and the exterior would be of the same outstanding quality throughout.