Saturday, December 27, 2008

It's Windy in Oregon

She's back! U.S. 75 has been found, refurbished and ready for someone to buy her up at a very good price. Here are the specs as given by't think they's mind a little extra free PR):
Year: 1960
Current Price: US$ 9,995
Located In Portland, OR
Hull Material: Wood
Engine/Fuel Type: Single Gas/Petrol
YW# 76004-2010958
1960 Folkboat built by Borresen Boatworks of Denmark (US75). She's won four International races (1964, 1965, 1966, and 1993). She’s considered one of the fastest Folkboats in the US and Canada. She’s listing on the San Francisco Folkboat Association website in the Hall of Fame. The original mast is considered priceless (very noodly). We turned down an offer of $10K for this mast. Length 25’ 8” Beam 7’ 2” LWL 19’ 8” Draft 4’ Ballast 2750 lbs. Displacement 4740 lbs. Mast height 34’ 5” Sail area 280 sq. feet Restoration work was performed during the winter of 2006/2007 which included: New deck beams (clear Douglas fir). New marine grade plywood decks that are covered with epoxy resin and fiberglass cloth. The stern post has been replaced with white oak. New floor timbers that are sealed with epoxy resin and fiberglass cloth. New racing skippers sliding bench. New 316 stainless steel keel bolts. The keel was sealed with epoxy and recaulked. The garboards were replaced with larch and refastened. New spruce boom with magic box (upgraded for heavier winds). All the halyards and lines are new and have been run to cockpit. New Davis tiller tamer. New deck, side and bottom paint (Interlux products: 2000E primer, Micron and Brightside). New Anderson winches (setup for racing). New Johnson automatic electric bilge pump with fused switch and deep cycle battery. Battery trickle charger. Most of the Harken cam-cleats are new and have been labeled. It has a new lightweight rudder (class legal). The cabin flooring was replaced with new larch. The cockpit teak flooring was refinished with Seafin. Bottom and sides were completely stripped and all fasteners hardened. Other equipment: Telescoping tiller extension (aluminum). Compass. Harken traveler with a new 6 to 1 tackle and lines. Stainless steel Folkboat style outboard bracket. Johnson 6hp outboard (runs great) with new gas tank and water pump. Gusher 10 bilge pump (manual) with a new hose and bulkhead fitting. Decent sails (jib and main). Porti-potty. Danforth anchor and line. Life jackets and a throw-able donut type preserver. Traditional oar style boom holder. New drink holders and brass bottle opener. Fenders. Docking lines. Some of the ribs have been sistered, but she should pass survey. Pictures of the restoration work are available.

Well, someone with a deep pocket please bring this boat back to SF! I used to race on this boat with Bill Dumullin, we always did very well when the wind came up, if you know what I mean. From what I can see this boat is ready to race again.

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Tuesday, December 23, 2008

1959 Folkboat at Spaulding Boat Works

I'm on my way back to the city and thought it necessary to stop at West Moron... I mean Marine and as I glance over at the Spaulding Boat Works I see a Folkboat mast... What boat is that?
I go up to the unlocked front door and walk in sheepishly, hoping nobody questions my presence.
I thought it was Freya at first because the mast was painted, but the deck wasn't yellow and the cabin hatch looked too good.
I stepped around a few works in progress and still couldn't figure out which boat his was.
Been recently painted, but the tape wasn't removed?

Cabin top recently painted too.

Winches are way old school, the missing winch handles aren't even below deck.

As I snapped this picture I saw a clue.

OK, this is a give away, but I still don't know which boat this is.

The down below area looks alright, nothing too bad down here.

Not a big fan of the hatch, backstay, barney post or the bench seat that fills the cockpit, but everything looks like it had been recently functional.

That's odd... two shrouds? Seems silly to me... if it's going to fail having two at the same anchor point isn't going to help much.

Now there's some beef! Take a look at that goose neck fitting! Certainly not your standard off the shelf Andreasen model.

But this mast organizer is...

Ok, who is the dork who put the metal track in place of the bolt rope track? Must be a Knarr sailor influence somehow.

Now how in the world are you going to adjust those jumpers way up there? I'm standing straight up when I took this picture and those are out of my reach.
The jumper housing isn't standard issue either... way more robust.

Now this is telling... jib track on the deck, not the cabin... clearly not up to date.

No jib track at all on this side.

Sweet old motor mount though.
Now I see why she's here... these planks need to be replaced.

Yes, some serious replacement/restoration needs to happen here, but everything above water looks ready to roll. With a little love, this Folkboat will be back in the action soon enough.

The front of this keel... well, that will slow you down a notch.
To whom ever it is that is taking care of this boat, thank you. I think you've got a real sturdy craft once you get the below water boards replaced. Everything up top looks worth saving and real strong too. Do me a favor though, tell me which boat this is!!! it's driving me crazy that I don't know.

Winter Boat Projects - The Backstay

Imitation is the highest form of flattery, right? I was sifting through my spy photos of Chiquita and remembered something about their backstay I liked and planned to change mine anyway... so I went through my now overflowing box of spare parts and found everything I needed to rework my backstay just like Christoph's.
Admit it, this is a sexy backstay. In the process I dropped a block worth $22 in the water, but luckily had another just like it. I used super thin line and the total weight loss from this can only be measured in grams, but I think I've found my new obsession... Josephine is going on a diet. She's not fat, but she could stand to lose a few pounds... or at least redirect where she carries her weight. Can't *weight* to take the mast off and see how much I can squeeze off of that. Next project, double end the jib halyard tension so I can finally adjust that from either rail!

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Gold Cup 2009 - Marstrand, Sweden

Well, well, well... Our Swedish friends are rolling out the welcome mat and not only are the hosting the Gold Cup at the most amazing location to race (Marstrand), they are also having the Swedish International Championship the week before! That's two full weeks of high quality international regatta fun in one location! Our friends at Wetstuff have posted a blog detailing the event. Click on for all the details... looks like I'll have to go to Sweden next summer! Oh darn!

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

A New Wood Folkboat From Per Brandt-Møller

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Here is the rough translation from Danish to English from the website above:

The first Folkboats both were built and launched in Sweden back in 1942. The popular family and racing boats received in 1977 his second youth, when it was allowed to build folkboats both in fiberglass. The vast majority of folkboats both now been built in fiberglass, but there are still sailors who prefer the "real". We can talk to about the Brandt-Miller boat building, over the years has built some 600 folkboats both ways. Brandt-Miller is in the process of building a folkebåd of wood to an English buyer who intends to use the new boat for racing. "This is the first time in 16-17 years that we build a folkebåd entirely in wood," says Brand-Miller Per Brandt. "Virtually all the new folkboats, both built in the days of fiberglass possibly in combination with wood, which use wood for the upper, therefore, to deck and cabin."
Per Brandt-Miller says that of both building types we have saved the old templates, and therefore we can build wooden at an affordable price. "We are a full plating up, and then, the idea is to put everything together, as it was a children's game. It certainly makes it much cheaper than if we first have to create templates, "he says. Since both buildings were in progress with the task, they decided to cut klædninger up to two people on both. The second boat will be Per Brandt-Miller himself. Of the approximately 600 folkboats, both as a shipyard has built over the years, is about 400 wooden. The new boat for the English client is scheduled to be completed by 1 April.

A Folkboat Identified in Michigan

So, I get this email from Richard from a guy in Michigan who has a nordic folkboat and wonders if anyone can help him gather some info about what he's got. This was the email her sent:

Mr. Keldsen,

Good morning, I recently purchased a wooden Nordic Folkboat. In the forwardcabin FD111 has been routed in and in the back 3 Ton. Is this a DanishFolkboat? Also I was wondering if you had any other information on her? The boat had been in the Detroit area.
Thank you,

Brent Rodammer

Richard sends me the email asking for help, I dig through my computer and locate the file Ditte had given me some time ago with a listing of all the Danish Folkboats built numbers 1-199 and relay the info back to Richard. He sends it off to the king of all things folkboats and the following reply comes forth:

Good morning everyone,

F D-111 tells that this was the Danish sailnumber 111. The boat was build by Sv. Olesen, in Sundby (Amager) by Copenhagen in 1950 and later exported toAmerica.In Denmark it was named "Peter Spillemand" - translated: "Peter the folkmusician"In 1949-50 Sv. Olesen build five Folkboats of which Peter Spillemand seems to be the last one. He seems only to have build those five boats.The 3 Ton probably means that it has been measured to gross tonage, which is almost 3 ton.
Kind regards,

Erik Andreasen

The folkboat network is strong. Got questions? Will search for answers because we are just that nuts about these boats to care.

Monday, December 01, 2008

Now That's How you Hike Out!

Ok, kids... pay attention. This posting goes out to all those skippers who have ever asked their crew to hike out so you can actually see the waves in front of you and actually keep the boat flowing through the water. These photo's courtesy of Bjorge Dehn... he doesn't know I'm using them yet. ;) Notice how the jib trimmer and the main trimmer's asses are all the way over the side... AND THEY'RE SMILING!!! Because this is fun!!!
Oh, but this hurts, there's nothing to hold on to, I might fall in the water or get a cramp, boo-hoo.... Pansies! You know what sucks? Not having your crew hike out like this, then slam into a wave, slow down or stop and watch the guy next to you surge ahead and pass you. So lads, do your sit ups, do it for the girls ( as mike g would say) and make you skipper happy. Then, if you don't start doing better it is the skipper's fault and you can refer to him as the guy in the back of the boat holding the brake.