Finngulf Yachts Ltd. was born from the dreams of a young man. Founded in 1981 by Mr. Stig Nordblad, the mission has remained unchanged since then; the goal is and always has been to build the best high performance cruising yachts for 100 percent sailing. Finngulf Yachts started with one own model, the legendary Finngulf 34 which was built to compete in the 3/4 Ton World Cup in 1981. The naval architect and yacht designer Håkan Södergren created a truly unique fiberglass and foam core racing boat with technical solutions that were ahead of their time. The original yacht is fitted with aluminum bulkheads welded to a tube chassis that runs through the entire interior of the hull (this solution would today be called a "space frame") - and it still sails today. The boat performed very well in the World Cup and was considered the fastest Scandinavian ship in the race.
In the first years about 20 Finngulf 34:'s were built. The 34 also laid the foundations for a long and prosperous partnership with Håkan Södergren. The next model developed by the yard was the Finngulf 39. The FG39 (and the subsequent facelifted FG391) had an incredible 23-year production run: from 1982 to 2005 ! Best of all, the FG391 is still a capable boat today with several transatlantic crossings and long-distance cruising to her credit.
As a result of the uncompromising build quality of all Finngulf Yachts, an overwhelming majority of them are still actively used by happy sailors around the world. As a side note, Finngulf also built boats as a subcontractor under the brand name "Inferno" in the early 1980s, so if you are sailing an Inferno 28/31/33 chances are your yacht was built by Finngulf Yachts - hence the similarity in look and feel of the interior. Over the years, more than 900 yachts have been built by the Finngulf Yachts yard.
After a restructuring of the ownership in the early 1990s, work continued on the construction of the Håkan Södergren-designed FG335, FG36 and FG391. The company's flagship, the Finngulf 44, was introduced in early 1990. Hundreds of boats across the range were built. In 1997 the foundation was laid for the cooperation with AS Saare Paat in Nasva, Estonia. The first boats built in Saare Paat included two Finngulf 391 and the legendary Finngulf 44.
The new millennium started with a good and the whole range was redesigned. A young, talented, world-class Finnish marine engineer named Karl-Johan "Kamu" Stråhlmann was introduced to the world market. Kamu's range of Finngulf yachts included the FG28 (now discontinued), FG33/331, FG37, FG41 and FG46. The latest boat in the range is the facelifted FG331 which was introduced to the sailing community in early 2009. In 2008, the new Finngulf 43, designed by Farr Yacht Design, was launched.
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