With over 100 years of knowledge and skill, Rosättra Boatyard is Sweden’s oldest boatbuilding yard that continues to design and build modern, innovative yachts today. Since 1948, three generations of Gustafsson have been running the business, including its best-known model of sailboat, Linjett. First developed at Rosättra during the early 1970s, the first Linjett was the Linjett 30 launched in 1974, followed by the 40, 35, 33, 32 and 30. Below you can discover more about the Linjett models and the astonishing history of one of Sweden’s most successful and longest-serving boatyards.
Built in 1974, the Linjett 30 was the first line produced model that was designed and manufactured entirely at Rosättra Boatyard by the Gustafsson brothers.
The foundation of the Linjett 30 was to combine a cruising boat with the popular Half-Ton racing boat, which proved popular and a total of 112 Linjett 30s were manufactured between 1973–1979. It was the first modern cruising yacht designed and built by the Rosättra boatyard. The mould for the boat was made at Rosättra and larger plastic work was done in partnership with Segmobåt in Uppsala before the hull and deck were shipped back to the yard where it was finally completed with wood interiors, engine, heater, electricity and water. The Linjett 30 was initially a one design yacht, close to nine meters long and three meters wide. The wide beam has been well-utilised to make the boat very family-friendly.
The first time a Linjett yacht was revealed was at the Segla-74 Boat Show held in Osterman's Marble Halls in Stockholm. According to the press at the time, our model was the biggest news at the show which meant production got off to a flying start.
The biggest difference from similar yachts at the show was our solid wooden interior and the well-planned cockpit. It was also a good racing boat. All three Gustafsson brothers were passionate sailors and wanted the Linjett 30 to have the ability to sail well in yacht races.
This marriage of speed and comfort was demonstrated in great results on the water for Jan Gustafsson, who was victorious in the 1974 Åland Sea Race, a 5th overall place in Gotland Runt 1975 and a 2nd place in the Alma Race – all in the Linjett 30.
The success of the Linjett 30 paved the way for the next upgraded and improved model – the Linjett 32. Having gained valuable experience and vital skills in building the Linjett 30, the boatyard and the brothers continued to build on this success, with Mats Gustafsson taking responsibility for creating the shape of Rosättra’s second Linjett – the Linjett 32.
The new model was another triumph and is still the model that Rosättra has built the most of in its history – a total of 263 Linjett 32s were built between 1978 and 1992, when the model then finished production. An extraordinary and quick sailing yacht, many of them were built as semi or three-quarter finished yachts allowing the buyer to put in their own finishing touches.
The Linjett 32 was built to suit both family and racing sailors. The cockpit is designed to have either a tiller or steering wheel, and the main sheet is placed on the coach roof, thus never in the way for the crew. Halyards and reefing lines are pulled down to the cockpit and with the self-tacking jib it makes the Linjett 32 very comfortable for cruising, even in tough conditions.
Inside, the Linjett 32 has a solid teak interior and the craftmanship of the carpentry comes through in every detail and drawer. The kitchen has a two-flame stove with oven, double sink, large surfaces and good lighting, while sitting down at the navigation table there is enough room for charts and all the marine instruments are within easy reach.
The saloon is lighter and more spacious than in most 32-footers of its time. The L-shaped sofa is angled by the front bulkhead giving it a cosy feeling, and the sleeping quarters are also welcoming. The port berth can be extended to become a double berth and the double bulkheads by the mast provide extra stability when needed during severe weather conditions.
With an eye for design and a close relationship with clients both on and off the water, designer Mats Gustafsson could predict the trends in the sailing community. Which is why in 1994, he revealed it was time to go down in size for the next model.
A new medium-sized, durable family boat that could sail well was what clients were looking for. The Linjett 32 had been taken out of production, and the Linjett 35 had become a well-established model for a new circle of sailors – but what could offer comfortable sailing for all the family?
The answer was the Linjett 33 which sails comfortably and has a perfect weight – withstanding 1.5 tons of cruising gear and family bags without changing its sailing style. Easy to get on and off board, the Linjett 33 symbolised the essence of Rosättra’s founding principles: good quality and valued yachts.
The Linjett 35 has sailed well and became successful in many regattas. The model proved to be impressively safe and stable in open oceans around the world, the L35 have sailed to the Caribbean islands, Africa’s coastline, Greenland and in the Arctic Ocean. First launched in 1989, this model has been produced over the longest period for Rosättra: a total of 17 years and 102 boats.
The storage compartments in the stern have teak hatches to allow plenty of room for sails and sheets. There is a clever rim around the aft part of the cockpit that holds the cockpit's awning, including the frame when folded down. The cockpit table and cabin way hatches store the cockpit stowage.
The Linjett 35 has a large kitchen with stove, oven, fridge, double sinks, and double cabinets with customised interiors to secure china and glass. The navigation table is in a traditional design with its own seat and a good space for charts. The wooden interiors are made of the finest teak and all surfaces are varnished, even those that are not visible. The interior layout in the stern creates a comfortable, teak double bed against the hull. The cabin has two openable windows providing great ventilation.
The head and shower space are generously spacious and there are two wardrobes: one is accessed from the cockpit so wet gear can be hung directly into the navy wardrobe without going through the saloon, and the other has its own heat exhaust for use as a drying cabinet.
The Linjett 40 has been thriving in regattas thanks to the yacht’s lower displacement weight in relation to its size when compared to sister models. Designed to be easily handled by two people, the model has good speed even in the lightest breeze, and great strength and stability during the harshest weather.
The Linjett 40’s interior layout was developed in collaboration with Linjett owners and is crafted in selected varnished mahogany – a hallmark of Linjett’s commitment to quality. The owner’s cabin is located in the bow. The stern can be built with either one or two cabins on the client’s request. The lounge has an L-shaped couch on port side and a selection between two comfortable armchairs or a straight sofa on starboard side. The bathroom can also have a separate shower. The kitchen is spacious with a gas stove, oven, fridge and a large sink. Singlehanded mixers are standard in the kitchen and bathroom.
The goal of the Linjett 40 was to create a sailboat for two people to sail easily and comfortably. She should have timeless lines and cockpit far aft. Furthermore, the sailboat should be made to sail in our archipelago waters and therefore have a moderate draft, as well as a bow designed to be moored towards cliffs. Thanks to its strong construction and manageable sails, the Linjett 40 symbolises a modern ocean concept."
Designer Mats Gustafsson on the design philosophy behind the Linjett 40
The Linjett 40 is narrow at the waterline but wide on the beam to provide stability on the up wind, which makes her very stable. The width also contributes to a comfortable space inside. From the mast run all the lines underneath the deck to the two main electric winches in the cockpit, making the deck very neat. The teak finish is glued with vacuum technology.
A moderate keel is required to easily sail in Sweden’s archipelago, therefore the Linjett 40’s keel is designed to utilise the entire blade (a width of 18cm increasing to 34cm at the bottom). The rudder has also been designed to split in order to prevent major damage or loss of the whole rudder in a grounding. The upper part is five times stronger in its construction than the sacrificial end.
The rudder stock is made of stainless steel and fiberglass, and to give a good feeling in the steering, the rudder is connected to the steering wheel via link arms. Plotter and navigation instruments are also placed on the steering wheel pedestal.
The Linjett 40 has fractional rig in aluminium from Seldén. Double swept spreaders guarantee that the rig stands firmly with only a backstay for trimming. The boom has a single-line reef system. A stable rig which is easy to handle is important on a Linjett.
The main sheet traveller is located on the cabin top, and as usual on a Linjett - the self-tacking jib is standard. The boat comes with Tape-Drive sails from UK-Syversen in the main sail, jib, genoa and spinnaker. The main sail comes as standard with two reef points.