Folkboat Story: From Cult to Classic-the Renaissance of a Legend

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Sheridan House, Inc., 2008 - 236 pages
This modern classic of small boat literature details the history of the Nordic Folkboat--a class that enjoys remarkable popularity in some of the world's most beautiful and challenging sailing waters. A clinker design that sails equally fast and well whether it is made from wood or fiberglass, the Nordic Folkboat has been around for 60 years. It has stood the test of time as its minimalism, robustness and sea kindliness have proved resistant to radical design modifications. Loibner guides us through all the layers of the Folkboat community, from those who sail competitively in the many Folkboat regattas worldwide, to the devoted following of recreational sailors who appreciate the sturdiness of the design when out cruising with family and friends, to what he refers to as the "Lunatic Fringe." Any reader who has spent a thrilling afternoon on the dancing prow of a small boat will appreciate the insights and journey of The Folkboat Story.
 

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Contents

Prologue
1
A Design by Committee
7
Tord Sunden Designer or Draftsman?
29
Folkboat Relatives
36
Innovation and Tradition
62
Folkboats in Europe
86
Folkboats Elsewhere
110
Interlude IThe Great Races
138
Interlude IIThe Masters of Miniatures
189
Historic Highlights of Clinker
193
The Lure of the Folkboat
207
Tips for Fans
217
Epilogue
227
Bibliography
229
Links and Addresses
231
Builders
232

Cruising and Other Pleasures
146
The Lunatic Fringe
175

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About the author (2008)

Dieter Loibner, an editor and boating writer, holds an M.A. in journalism. He has written hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles about sailing for publications around the world and collaborated with many of the word's most successful sailing photographers. His international sailing and racing career spans more than 30 years. He lives in Oakland, California.

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