Frejya is a 25ft Pearson Folkboat, built in Sweden in 1958. She was the 3oth Folkboat imported to the United States. She has undergone a complete restoration that took over four years to complete, with the superstructure and interior being rebuilt entirely in new timbers. Owners claim a top-flight restoration, and from the pictures we can see it certainly appears to have been a major undertaking. The mast and the boom are new as well, as are the decks, the canvas, the standing and running rigging. Her bottom job is only 6 months old, but she could use a touch up on the top sides as she’s been sitting in her slip for a few months. The owners claim she’s a joy to sail, and has served them well in the Puget Sound – proving very sea kindly.
Folkboats have a fascinating and somewhat controversial history. In 1939, The Royal Gothenburg Sailing Club of Sweden desired the creation of a new one design class that offered enough cruising accommodations for a small family, but remained a racer at heart. The Swedish Sailing Association joined the initiative by announcing a design competition that resulted in 58 submissions, none of which met the committees expectations. So they engaged famed yacht designer Tord Sunden to merge the best attributes of the top four selections into one final design, following the clubs strict guidelines. To this date, the question of who actually designed the Nordic Folkboat is hotly contested and keeps lawyers reasonably busy.
“Although many traditionalists turned up their noses at the new and somewhat unusual design sporting a traditional lapstrake hull, a simple Bermuda rig and a raked transom, enthusiasm about the boat’s seaworthiness and well-mannered behavior in strong winds and high seas began to spread through the sailing community.” – San Francisco Folkboat Association
The folkboat has undergone a series of evolutions over the decades, with fiberglass versions built from the molds of some of the best of the wooden hulls beginning in the 1970’s, and the introduction into the class of aluminum masts in 2000. With over 4,000 folkboats being raced and cruised worldwide today, it’s clear this class is still plenty relevant. And Frejya seems to be a lovely example.
She sports a brand new Mercury 6hp with only 4 hours of run time and many extras.
She is currently in Port Orchard, WA at a reduced price of $8,000. Wish we could bring her home today.