Reader's contribution by Gerd
When I got my boat ashore at the end of October, I was overcome with the urge to make a comparison. That's how the photo with the 9000 in front of the 414 was created. Both designs date back to the same time and are examples of the slightly different Scandinavian design.
This type of boat was designed by the two Danish Olympic sailors Jan Kjaerulff and Paul Elvström and built by the Bianca shipyard on the Danish island of Langeland. Just like SAAB, there was the smaller original type, the 1977 released Aphrodite 101, and then the enhanced Bianca 414. With the prototype Paul Elvström 1979 won the most important Danish regatta Sjaelland-Rund. In the 414, the basic dimensions of the 101 were increased by about 25%, which approximately doubled the sail area and almost tripled the weight. The 414 is 12,62m long, 2,90m wide, has a draft of 2,38m and a sail-clear weight of about 8,6 tons. The keel houses 4 tons of ballast lead. The last 414 1983 was built, the 101 can still order today.
With this construction, the two went a very different way than any other yacht builders by not building a wide bulbous boat with Volltakelung, but - as you can see in the dimensions - a slender deep hull, with his 7 / 8 rigging on the wind excellent goes through the wave.
To date, the hulls of these two boats are exceptional, beautiful to look at and still significantly faster than the average. Since the boats were designed by two potheaders, everything is thought through to the smallest detail and, just like the SAAB cockpit, every Winch is in the right place in the cockpit of the 414. You do not steer this boat with a steering wheel (as usual with this size), but with a tiller. The rudder is very balanced and light in the hand in any weather and gives the necessary feeling for the boat. Exactly this philosophy is also in the 9000, seat and steering wheel give a very accurate picture of the "ground contact".
Of course these sleek boats are not space-saver, but just like driving an 900 / 9000, sailing with an 101 / 414 is really fun and addictive.
If you're in a marina today with an 101 or 414 between the pompous boats of today, they look almost dainty and filigree. This is comparable to standing next to a Q900 with an 7 - just like on the road, everything in yachting is out of joint. The mooring search in a harbor with these "fat boxes" is quite comparable to an SUV in the parking garage. The slim 101 / 414 fit against it almost everywhere.
This comparison had to be easy, because there are many parallels in both types - SAAB and BIANCA. Both the car and this boat were far ahead of their time in the early days of the 1980 and can still compete in many areas to this day.