The Story Behind the Journeyman 60


The Journeyman 60 yacht is designed by Jesper Weissglas. Every solution, every detail and every choice of materials is based on experience from over 30 000 nautical miles of adventure charter sailing in rough conditions, including the Across Greenland expedition with renowned Swedish adventurer Ola Skinnarmo.

Journeyman is the result of over 5 years of design work. Jesper is living his dream and his vision, but he has also had to deal with harsh economic realities and numbing obstacles – often no bigger than a single aluminum bolt. The process has involved some of Sweden’s sharpest minds on aeronautical and structural design – mostly without any other reward but the thrill of being part of a project beyond the ordinary. The underwater hull is based on research by Gabriel Heyman, and the appendages are designed in cooperation with Jens Österlund.

The first yacht was built at the Alunaut Shipyard on Saaremaa in Estonia. The experienced team at the yard – accustomed to building performance workboats – put all their skills and raw enthusiasm into building Sweden’s first “extreme express cruiser”.

You can download a presentation leaflet with all the facts & figures here: journeyman60_leaflet.pdf

Why a new design?

Standard cruising yachts aren’t designed for rough adventures. As long as the weather is nice everything is fine. The crew is happy and life is comfortable. Then, as temperature drops and the low pressures start lining up, the drawbacks of any modern cruiser (with the words “luxurious interior” written in a prominent place in the sales brochure) become apparent.

When it’s 5°C, the rain is pouring and you’re beating to windward against a strong gale, you don’t care much for the luxurious interior. You do, however, care about the fact that the toilet can only be flushed on the starboard tack. Especially when you’ve been on the port tack for 14 hours. Or three days. You care about there being nowhere to hang all your wet gear. Well, maybe you don’t, if the deck ventilators are so poorly designed that large waves washing over turn the salon into a shower anyway. And the uninsulated hull contributes with a little condensation rain on top of that. In fact, the hull condensation water might the only drinkable water you get, since the water-maker doesn’t work under speed because of the air bubbles in the inlet water.

This list just goes on and on. And with every new item the morale of the crew sinks lower. So, a great adventure charter journey needs a yacht designed for it. A yacht that takes care of the crew instead of having the crew take care of the yacht.

A Journeyman.

  12 Responses to “The Story Behind the Journeyman 60”

  1. Hello Jesper,

    I like this kind of yachts and have thoughts of high latitude sailing. Some old and new designs come to mind, Seamaster (of Peter Blake fame), Pelagic and Pelagic Australis. Also, there is a K&W yacht, Stadtship 56 Merimac, also Aluminium, thick bottom, shallow draft (can dry out).

    What is your take on these yachts? Would Merimac be ok for Svalbard?

    Would appreciate your thoughts. Anders

  2. People go to Svalbard in plastic yachts. So it depends on which season you want to go there. Steel (Pelagic) is better than Alu (Merimac) for ice, of course. Personally I don’t need an ice going yacht, I just want to know that if I hit a small growler by accident at night I am still OK. K&M builds really nice yachts, but unnecessarily expensive.

  3. I laugh a wry laugh as I read your comments about standard boats.
    You write: Well, maybe you don’t, if the deck ventilators are so poorly designed that large waves washing over turn the salon into a shower anyway. Yes, I have had showers or rather waterfalls of seawater into the salon…
    Yes it happened on my 44 foot Beneteau Oceanis. I now have had acrylic infills made and the ventilators (despite a durado-box) must have a sock pulled over them at sea. But, I’m happy now and each improvement based on experience will help.

    I’m afraid money comes into play in a serious way when you venture out at sea, so there you go. You nice little boat only seem to be missing a snorkel all the way up to the top of the mast so that you can motor deep in calm water underneath any storm brewing above. Just blow your ballast-tanks pictured and hit surface when weather is more agreeable! Good luck.

  4. Hi,

    Awsome Sailboat!!! Amazing sailboat and excelent design concept.
    I have seen the boat in person today at the Marina :) docked in Portugal (Figueira da Foz) :) simply amazing!


  5. What’s going on with this boat? It’s still docked in FF to this day – that’s what brought me here – was it arrested or something?

  6. Hej Såg “Journeyman” idag , lö 20/6-2015. Härlig båt ! Finns det ngt program för turer mm? Tar du fortfarande med “crew”? Mvh M.Oldby

  7. Hello Jesper, I absolutely love your boat. I have taken some pictures three weeks ago, as I am in Portugal a couple of days per month. Would it be possible to see the boat? I fully understand if not, given your responsibilities as a father :)
    I am Spanish, and would also like to know how much would cost to build something like that in different steps, as I don’t have the money to complete a full project or buy a boat this size. And nowhere near that size!
    My first step would be to know the overall cost, in order to see if I can afford that, and then what’s the cost of the complete aluminium hull to start with.
    Chatting for a few minutes having a coffee or an ice cream in Portugal would be fantastic!

    Thank you and congratulations for the baby!

  8. The ship seems to have a dual personality. The choice of a bulb on the end of that deep keel and perhaps very vulnerable to being knocked off twin rudders is an interesting choice for such a boat.

    On top she looks like a rough and tough boat that you might take through the Northwest-passage, Antarctica or someplace where you might run the risk of hitting ice or need to take shelter in shallow coves, but below the waterline she looks very vulnerable and as fragile as a little girl who will need her mommy (a boatyard or a heavy lift Sikorsky depending on location) to lift her out of peril if she scrapes her knees.

    Does the boat want to be a seagoing rough and tough go anywhere, take a beating Land-Rover, or does she want to be a fast and maneuverable Ferrari which will fall apart when it hits the seagoing equivalent of a speed-bump or pothole!