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

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Sheridan House, Inc., 2002 - 236 pages
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. Many lighter, sleeker and faster boat classes have come and gone during those decades, yet, the Folkboat is still going strong. The class enjoys a remarkable popularity in some of the world's most beautiful and challenging sailing areas, including Scandinavia, Germany, the United Kingdom, the United States and Australia. Designed during the early years of World War II, the 25-foot Folkboat is not a mere survivor of difficult times. Its minimalism, robustness and seakindliness prevailed during the following years of prosperity and have helped it resist radical modifications. Costs have been kept in check and boats of all ages are still sailed and participate successfully in many regattas.
 

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Contents

Prologue I
1
One A Design by Committee
7
Designer or Draftsman?
29
Three Folkboat Relatives
36
Four Innovation and Tradition
62
Seven Interlude IThe Great Races
138
Eleven Historic Highlights of Clinker
193
Twelve The Lure of the Folkboat
207
Thirteen Tips for Fans
217
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Dieter Loibner, an editor and boating writer, holds a PhD in journalism. He has written hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles about sailing for publications around the world and collaborated with many of the world's most successful sailing photographers. His international sailing and racing career spans more than 30 years. He is the author of The Folkboat Story (Sheridan House).

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