Powerboating in the Nordic

Misc Article ...by Björn Von Hofsten



Get a glimpse of model boating in Scandinavia...






Some say that the Nordic boats and drivers are competitive due to the long winters as building periods and the rough and choppy fresh water lakes that demand for a skilled driver.

Maybe it is true, but let’s have a look at today’s status in the Nordic!

What boats do we run?

Which classes are predominant?

Which classes are the fastest growing?


Sweden has about 120 active licensed drivers, with an age span from 15 to 74. The Offshore part of that is about 2/3.

The Swedish Offshore Series runs over 6 races on Oval- and M- course from Sundsvall in the north to Norrköping in the south 800km apart.

The classes run in Sweden are 3,5cc / 7,5cc / 15cc / 26cc / 26cc tuned - 50cc

In the 3,5cc two V shaped hulls are predominant, the Tonka and the Faluga.


ImageIn 7,5cc and 15cc classes, a boat type called Spader has been ruling for the past 15 years. The boat designed and built by the famous model boat builder Arne Karlsson. The latest international trophy took the boat with the driver Stefan Jansson at the world Championship in 15cc in Belchatow, Poland 2002. A number of boats have been made over the years close but not a copy of the Spader type just to challenge this outstanding boat type. I am thinking of the Tonka boat designed and built by Anthony Lovqvist. The Tonka boats come in sizes from 3,5cc to 35cc hulls. Image

The 26cc Zenoah standard class that started last year seams to be outgrowing the 15cc this year with over 20 boats built this winter if listening to the rumours.


New hulls in this class is Delta Force 90 / AC Lazer / Laker 45 (RCMK) / LYNX 53” (Gasoline Racing) / Faluga120 (Faluga Racing) / Super Cat (Aeromarine).







Since the millennium a number of 35cc capable hulls, internationally designed has been tested but not with very good results due to the rough water conditions on our lakes. They where all found to short for our high and choppy waves.Image

Two new boat hulls came out as winners during this shake out and that was the Faluga 155 and the LYNX 65” catamaran, together with the old and proven Karlsson hulls (w/r+green above). The Faluga is built and developed by Mikael Kolm from an old redesigned Karlsson boat that was famous in the late 80’s. The LYNX is built and developed by Björn von Hofsten from a redesigned German Catamaran.

The newcomer late last year was the Norwegian built NODD 180 hull that showed extreme abilities on the oval due to the length and a new SG 35cc engine.






Looking at Norway the classes raced there is

3,5cc / 7,5cc / 15cc / 23cc / 35cc




In Finland I know that there are a lot of projects going on with both Delta Force 45 and Tonka with 15cc.




Photos by

Owe Holmstedt

Stefan Sundberg

Björn von Hofsten



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Woodie replied the topic: #13539 11 years 1 month ago

Peace bro' :laugh: No fighting. :P

But be aware. A slow fat cat can easily be split into two paddeling canoes by a fast mono coming from behind. :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:

Cheers! :cheer:

isuzudude replied the topic: #13538 11 years 1 month ago
Damn Woodie. I don't want to fight... I just want to race!!! :laugh:
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Woodie replied the topic: #13537 11 years 1 month ago
Actually, if any scandinavian MGB-boater from Norway, Sweden or Denmark should read this thread and know about clubs or organisations, I would be very gratefull to know more.
Especially about who to contact in Denmark, if possible.

Cheers! :cheer:
(Hilsen / hälsninger),


PS: Moofy. You got it right! A Monty Python fan too? :laugh:
Moofy07 replied the topic: #13536 11 years 1 month ago
Hi Woodie,
You sound like the Black Knight out of The Holy Grail. :woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo: So if it comes down to that you can bite him. :woohoo: :laugh: :woohoo:
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Woodie replied the topic: #13535 11 years 1 month ago
Don't worry about me, Isuzu.
As a true Viking I will keep on fighting even after losing both arms and legs! :woohoo: :angry: :woohoo:

Cheers! :cheer:


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