We found this lovely and beautifully restored Nordic Folkboat in Lithuania, where she lies awaiting new owners. Beyond the thorough refresh of her mahogany hull, she has updated electronics, rigging, an overhauled engine, a full set of new sails and upholstery.
Her interior is, of course spartan, though she offers four berths with one head and sink in good working order. Like the rest of the boat, her teak decks look to be in excellent shape, with a nice contrast between the natural and varnished sections. She has depthsounder and wind/speed guages, and electric bilge pump. She’s powered with a 7hp diesel that was refurbished in 2011.
Nordic Folkboat designs are the result of a competition held by the Scandinavian Yacht Racing Union in 1942, who were hoping to create an easily sailed and low-cost boat. The competition produced no outright “winner ” but, taking the best features of a number of the entries received, the organizers commissioned professional designer Tord Sundén to create a craft that met the goals of the design competition. The resulting boat went on to become an international favorite of sailors and still endures more than 70 years after its design. The first Nordic Folkboat was built in Gothenburg in Sweden, and as of 2007, more than 4000 Nordic Folkboats are still sailing around the world.
– ‘History of Folkboats’
The Nordic Folkboat, as initially designed, is constructed of wood in the clinker or lap-strake method of boat building. The boat was designed to be built with oak framing and fir planking, although different builders used many different species of wood. The boat has an open cockpit and a low coachroof covering a small cabin usually consisting of two bunks and minimal storage furniture. The boat is rigged as a simple fractional sloop, with minimal standing rigging, consisting only of two lower shrouds, two jumper shrouds, a headstay, and a backstay. Despite the simplicity of the rigging, the mast is highly tunable, enabling the Folkboat to sail well in light and heavy air well beyond initial expectations.
Its iron ballast keel represents more than half of this displacement, making the Folkboat extremely stiff and seaworthy, and it is one of the smallest craft to have made regular ocean crossings and circumnavigations.
This little beauty, named GONDA, is listed by Imperial Yachts for 25,095 EUR and lies in Klaipeda, Lithuania.