The Fjord 48 Open is the largest model to carry the Norwegian marque and it promises hair-raising performance

Fjord has put its largest ever model into production and revealed details of its specification ahead of its launch at the 2015 Dusseldorf Boat Show (17-25 January).

The Fjord 48 Open features a Patrick Banfield-designed hull and a high freeboard for added safety at sea.

Those on board may feel grateful for that, as the 48 Open will come powered by up to three IPS 600 engines, giving a total power of 1,305hp and a top speed in excess of 40 knots.

Finishing touches include teak decks, an optional high-low bathing platform and a wide choice of “extravagant” hull colours.

The cockpit can be fitted with a choice of tables or left bare to allow for tender storage. Below decks, Fjord 48 Open owners will find two en-suite cabins.

The Fjord Open range is designed for primarily Mediterranean use, but a small number of UK imports will be made available through brokerage firm Inspiration Marine. Prices are unconfirmed, but expected to be around the £500,000 mark.

What we can be sure of, though, is a high standard of build quality, as Fjord is built in Germany by Hanse Group – the current owners of Sealine.

Hanse also confirmed that a 56ft Fjord model is also in development, but it won’t see a full production run until 2016 at the earliest.