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by Kate Calamusa
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Courtesy of Jaktar Boats

Built tough from aluminum, cleverly designed for both comfort and durability, the first model from Swedish boatbuilder Jaktar is bringing a sleek Nordic sensibility to the Northwest.

By Kate Calamusa / Photos Courtesy of Jaktar Boats

As much as this month’s Academy Awards are regarded as the place to see and be seen in Hollywood, the same could be said of the Seattle Boat Show in the Northwest, as the boating industry’s rising stars converge at Lumen Field to take center stage. One such up-and-comer spotted turning heads last month at SBS: Jaktar Boats, the new Swedish boat builder that debuted its J-30 workhouse on the show floor.

The company’s tagline reads “engineered for exploration,” and it’s a mantra that well describes the rugged J-30. With a layout that sleeps four and a roomy overall length of 31’ 8”, the 30 boasts a flowing, all-welded hull designed in partnership with the Dutch engineering masters at Vripack that is crafted from a durable, marine-grade aluminum. A roster of other adventure-ready attributes

includes: panoramic cockpit glassing for increased visibility at the helm; a gas-spring winged door that opens from the cockpit to allow for easy loading and unloading from the bow deck; and, distinctive forefoot shape designed for smooth turns at high speeds, plus 90-degree sidewells to help increase stability. And, with an overall width of 8’ 4”, the J-30 can be towed via trailer to pretty much any coastline you’d like to explore. In keeping with its Nordic sensibilities, the interior lines are minimalistic yet beautiful, sleek, and streamlined, and even the smallest details are well thought-out, all the way down to the designed-from-scratch cleats and dock ties.

For more details on this head swiveling design, and for further information on Jaktar Boats, go to: jaktar.com.

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