‘Nanna‘ is a Southern Cross 35‘ Cutter and built in 1984.
The design is originally by Thomas Gillmer and she’s a dedicated blue water cruiser, very similar to our old Röde Orm in looks and as strongly built. As a more modern design she has a modified fin keel and skeg-hung rudder which gives her better performance on the wind and in light air, but immensively strong never the less. The hull is handlaid GRP, sandwich construction with a core of Airex, the decks and superstructure balsa-cored and the deck/hull joint glassed together. The mast is keel stepped and the ballast lead inside the hull mold. The chain-plates are suppeorted by SS rods under decks. They are connected (behind the salon settees) to a unique construction of stainless piping distributing the loads from the rigging to a very large are of the hull.
The interior joinery shows highest possible craftmanship and has many well thought-out and seaworthy solutions. The interior wood is white oak with teak trim. For more info here’s a link to an article in ‘Cruising World Magazine’
Why name her ‘Nanna‘?
- first of all, our last boat, ‘Röde Orm‘ was named after a viking ship and the hero of the novel by the swedish author Frans G. Bengtsson, (english title ‘The Longships‘)
- Nanna was a goddess in the ancient Nordic mythology, the wife of Balder
- Nanna was also a goddess of the moon in the Sumerian mythology (2112-2004 B.C)
- And then my Granma’s name was Nanna, and that obviously settled it! 😉
- In Polynesian, Nanna means fare well
- ‘Nana’ in French means something like ‘gal’ or ‘chick’
Anyone who knows of an other meaning of ‘Nanna’ please let us know, I am sure there are other languages which might have other meanings of the word.