A carbon yacht with attitude, the Shogun 50 is light and fast and really fun to sail.
Designed by renowned Scandinavian designers Håkan and Oscar Södergren, and built by one of Sweden’s leading boat builders, Linjett Yachts – the Shogun 50 can be easily handled by two for easy weekend cruising and can also be fully crewed for competitive racing.
Along with sleek and aggressive lines and impeccably balanced ratios, the Shogun 50 boasts exclusive design features including a retractable keel for shallow water sailing and spray rails to prevent wet decks. The position of the mast and interiors have also been considered for performance and comfort, making the Shogun 50 a shining example of Swedish quality craftsmanship working together with cutting-edge technology and modern sailing solutions:
“Even at the berth, the Shogun is a beast: with aggressive and, at the same time, elegantly flowing lines, even the teak deck follows the contour of the hull. The extreme lightweight construction combines spectacular sailing performance with exquisite workmanship. The 50ft made of full carbon weighs just 7.9 tons despite the lifting keel. That is almost 500 kgs less than a Club Swan 50. In order to keep the weight low despite the lifting keel and cosy interior fittings, Shogun Yachts has engaged everything that has a reputation in Swedish high-tech boat building.”
— Hauke Schmidt, Yacht Magazine, Germany
Designed to always be ahead, the Shogun 50 suits you who want to go faster and be out in front.
Her speed comes from the lightweight carbon structure and extreme design features – like her overall weight of only 7,900 kg (45% of which is found in the keel bulb). The keel blade is also made of carbon to maximize the bulb weight, and is 3.3m deep that can be retracted to 2m.
Large twin rudders keep the Shogun 50 steady and so safe in the water she is almost impossible to wipe out. Thanks to the mast being so far aft, there are plenty of headsail options to choose between depending on the conditions and occasion. As with a skiff, the bowsprit for the gennakers also extends, making this yacht a real blast to sail.
Boasting all the equipment and features required for full-on offshore racing, she responds very well to trim and tuning. Sail management is also made simple thanks to the large cockpit. A spacious area down the companionway and a two-cubic storage in the bow are useful additions.
The Shogun 50 is as comfortable cruising as she is racing. The first of her kind, she comes with a saloon in the bow as standard. A large u-shaped couch surrounds a table, which is overlooked by a kitchen that is divided into two sections to allow for a crowd. And in a clever design trick, the stove and sink are located in the centre of the yacht, which makes the keel drum the back support when cooking at sea.
The navigation table and bathroom are further down the companionway on the right, together with a spacious area opposite for easy sail management. The double berth cabins are located at the very aft and their hullsides are cushioned for seating and relaxing against.
Comfort is key with the Shogun 50, so the interiors have been kept cosy and welcoming thanks to an entire covering of oak veneer on top of the carbon/divinycell sandwich structure. The feeling of quality and craftmanship is important, so all the woodwork is handcrafted by experienced Swedish carpenters.
With Shogun 50, we wanted to eliminate the boundaries between hull and deck and bring them together in an organic form. By designing them as one unit, we have created a form that floats from the transom all the way through the negative bow and into the water. There are still some parts of the yacht that we wanted to break loose, and we have allowed the superstructure to do that with a shaded portlight along the entire side and a shade-edging above. The cabin top then becomes suspended on top.
Our shallow hull is slightly narrower than similar yachts in order to allow the Shogun 50 to better manoeuvre the tight confines of the archipelago.
The keel blade is also designed for performance in these shallower waters. Made entirely in carbon with no ballast function, it allows for 45% of the yacht’s weight to be in the keel bulb (3,600kg of her total 7,900kg) making for incredible righting movement.
For even more stability and upwind efficiency, the Shogun 50 has a keel depth of 3.3 meters. Retractable in shallower waters, the Shogun’s keel lifts by hydraulics into a carbon keel drum made by Marstrom Composite. When the keel is retracted, she has a depth of only 2 metres and with a simple push of the button, the gates into shallower waters are thrown wide open.
All through the laminating process of the hull and deck, state-of-the-art materials and methods are applied, i.e. selected carbon fibre and vacuum injected epoxy on a sandwich core.
With a total sail area of 138.5sqm, the Shogun’s sail plan has been designed and customised to harness all the speed and power she can for the style of sailing you want.
Whether sailing short-handed on a weekend trip or with a full crew in an offshore race, the sail plan is designed to optimize performance without compromising on ease and flexibility. It is the aim of our yachts to always feel fun to sail first and foremost, and we believe we have made that happen.
Unlike other similar yachts, the Shogun 50 has torn up the conventional Scandinavian rule book for sail plans. In a break from tradition, we have introduced self-tacking jibs onto the yacht despite them having never been previously possible as they were considered too small for the racing sailor or demanding cruising sailor.
On the Shogun 50 we have repositioned the mast and been able to radically increase the pre-triangle base, gaining us an effective self-tacker. Our modern, square top mainsail is still large enough to meet the needs for reefing and tuning. Plus, the fact we also have a large overlapping headsail that boosts the maximum speed significantly beyond the ORC letter’s estimated speed, is naturally a bonus.
As much as the Shogun 50 is a thrilling joy to sail, she is also a model of extraordinary design.
With lines that have been purposely created to make her stand out, if you ask the designer why he has added spray rails and a negative bow shape it will be for performance and comfort – the essence of every Shogun yacht. The spray rails are included to limit the amount of water on deck, while the bow shape gives the hull a longer water line which increases performance. The sleek line has also been carefully designed to continue the same angle as the forestay making it a smooth and contemporary yacht design that stands out from the rest.