In 1941 the Royal Swedish Yacht Club called for bids for a yacht class that was inexpensive, simple to build and ideal for the Baltic Sea. Three applicants were chosen from several competitors and a yacht was developed from their suggestions: The Folk Boat. The decision was made in September 1941 and the first yacht was completed by Christmas of 1941.
In spring of 1942 the yacht was launched for the first time and fifty orders were placed during the first year. The yacht quickly became well-known and the first unified yacht class in Denmark, Norway, Finland, and in Germany came into being.
This created the largest unified yacht class in Northern Europe and its popularity could not be surpassed.
Based on the positive results from the use of fiber reinforced plastics (FRP) in boat building, Erik Andreasen redesigned the Folk Boat. Together with the NFIA new class rules were set up to equal the strength of the new hull to the original clinkered wooden boat. This is the base of today’s build robust FRP hull.
From then on wooden and FRP boats sailed against each other in regattas and the family around the „Folk” grew quickly. The boat continues to be improved even now. Andreasen’s Shipyard in Denmark became the main destination for enthusiastic buyers from every continent. In the 1990s he transferred production to Pärnu in Estonia. At first only the hulls were built there, then the decks and finally the whole completion were transferred.
In 2010 the shipyard was taken over by merchants from Hamburg, who together with the boat builder share a passion and love of details and who continue to guarantee the quality of the original Folk Boat.
The largest Folk Boat fleets are presently in Sweden, Denmark, Germany, England, and the USA (San Francisco), but the small seaworthy ships can also be found in Japan and Australia.
70 YEARS OF FOLKBOAT
In 2011 the Folk Boat celebrates 70 years since its first keel laying, followed by the 70th anniversary of its existence in 2012. There are very few unified classes that have lasted so long. The Folk Boat never had to follow trends – neither the conversion to an Olympic class nor the quickly-changing habits of sailors could influence the Folk Boat.
A timeless classic came into being with an ideal mix of elegance and sportiness. Today the Folk Boat fan club is large and once you have sailed one, you won’t forget it. Unique sailing characteristics, simple handling, and convincing versatility inspire its crews. The ship can be used for tough regatta sailing or for multi-day, relaxed family tours.
To coincide with the anniversary, the shipyard is offering a limited 70-Year Special Edition in an attractive package:
There are several options available for the owner to fulfill his wishes at a great value, including a dark blue hull without antifouling coating. For the first time the limited edition is equipped with a WC.
The unified class is the foundation for close contact and exchange of experiences between Folk Boat sailors.
The printed magazine of the class also provides information as do the online platforms found in various countries.
A regatta calendar that guarantees variety throughout the entire season is provided through the class and every new Folk Boat owner will get quick access to the large fan club.
THE FOLKBOAT has represented safety, well-adjusted and fast sailing for 70 years. No yacht is as versatile and convincingas regatta and touring yacht.
The standard yacht constitutes the basis that the shipyard is offering. In addition to the Comfort and Deluxe Version they offer the 70th anniversary edition of the Folkboat.
In addition to the fully-equipped standard version for ambitious sailing, the special versions can be equipped with individual extras.
1. Gelcoat integrated boottop
2. cast iron keel withlifting eyes on keel bolts fpr easy lifting
3. large rudder blade for precise maneuverability
4. hand lay-up massive GRP hull
5. hull thickness 9-11mm
6. clinker build to improve strength
7. solid teak foot stops
8. optional easy detachable engine mounting bracket
9. sandwich deck with 10 mm balsa wood inlay for reinforcement
10. ball-beared main sheet car and blocks
11. stainless steel winches with fixed crank below deck
12. all deck gear and window frames from stainless steel
13. 7mm stainless steel shrouds and forestay
14. all ropes guided to the cokpit
15. high force resistant flexible wooden rigg (option: alu-rigg)
70 jahre EDITION
On the occasion of the 70-year anniversary the folkboat is offered as a special version that includes a dark blue hull as well as a unique configuration. Moreover, after 70 years, a seawater toilet will be on board for the first time.
Characteris tics of the 70-Yea rs-edi tion:
- manual toilet with holding tank
- dark blue hull
- without antifouling paint
- dark blue edition upholstery
- leather-covered manual
- 70-year limited edition plaque
- aluminium mast
- aluminium boom
- aluminium spi pole
- mainsail with sliders and one reef
- lazy jack - system
- furling jib with Bartels furling gear above deck
- all halyards lead to the
- 2 ANDERSEN halyard winches for main and jib
- 3 SPINLOCK halyard stoppers Spinlock for main, jib and reef
- split drawers in pantry for cutlery and crockery,
- pantry with additional flap,
- shelves with hinged doors and brass fittings,
- bookshelf and drinks cabinet with holders for wine glasses,
- wooden berth edge rail with support for edge slats,
- support for add. tank below aft deck,
- curved bench for helmsman,
- Etronit strips on cockpit edges,
- ‘Old Men Seat’ integrated at feet rails,
- salon roof in wood optics,
- additional teak applications.
Hull, Deck and Cabin
Deck, and cabin sandwich with 10mm balsa core, reinforced were fittings are mounted. Chainplates laminated in. Additional charge for self draining cockpit.
1.000-1.030 kg including keel bolts.
MAST, BEAM AND Spi -Pole
STANDARD - ACCOMMODATION
Glue, srews, po lyester and paint
Fittings for mast, boom and spi-pole
Hull, pump and windows
Blocks and cam cleats
Ropes and Fenders
POLAR SHIPYARD as a manufactury dedicated to build the Nordic Folkboat, which is connected with high expectations
in quality, craftsmanship amd tradition.
The site based in Pärnu, Estonia, has a long tradition, the employees of the shipyard are building the Nordic Folkboats since decades.
Their skills processing conposites, wood and stainless steel have brought out a lovely piece of art.
With production space of around 2000m², the boat builders, carpenters and mold makers are able to produce projects from 6 to 30 meters in length.
Not every manufactory is equal to a shipyard or a factory – it is the people, in addition to several other factors, that are an essential key to success. The experience and passion they bring to work every day is just as necessary as the courage to implement new ideas and carry out new projects.
LINK yard: POLAR SHIPYARD
Folkboat Central FBC GmbH
Pinnasberg 47 20539 Hamburg
Ansprechpartner: Thomas Behrens
Telefon: 0171 - 7402639
Mail: folkboat [AT] folkboat.de
Ust ID: DE270986149
Geschäftsführer: Jens Knappe
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