Category Archives: Sailing cruisers

Sailing yachts used for cruising, or as cruiser-racers.

So why is the Folkboat such a popular type? Classic Boat examines the question

Classic Boat on the Folkboat

Well, the Folkboat has Classic Boat’s Theo Rye convinced:

‘The freeboard looks perilously low, especially on the Nordic version, but the boat is remarkably dry even when pushed hard. The flare in the sections means the waterline beam when upright is modest enough for decent light-airs speed, but as the hull heels it rapidly gains stability; aided by a very healthy ballast ratio (well over 50 per cent in most versions), her stiffness is perfectly judged.

‘She is also tolerant of added weight; a good attribute in a pocket cruiser, especially one capable of crossing the Atlantic or even more, so even quite reasonably equipped boats look and sail perfectly well. The firm tuck of the bilges leading into nice, slim keel sections help generate good lift (in relative terms) from the long keel, which is a key to good sailing performance. The shape owes precious little to rating rules, only hydrodynamics; you pay for that bold forward overhang in accommodation or waterline length, maybe, but driving into any sort of sea you’ll be glad of that bargain. The slope of the transom stern tucks the rudder deep under the hull and the angle of the stern post, while typically Scandinavian, looks old-fashioned, even exaggerated; but time at the helm tells you exactly why they stuck with it.

‘The fractional sail plan is equally well judged; with her relatively modest displacement and wetted surface area (for the type), she can slip along just fine, but will carry her canvas well as the wind comes up.’

I’d certainly have one – though perhaps not where I sail!

My thanks to the excellent small boat designer, builder, sailor and sailmaker Mik Storer for spotting and sharing this one.

For more posts about Folkboats, click here.

A fifth edition of Cruising Yachts Design and Performance by T Harrison Butler


In more good news from Lodestar Books… Dick Wynne’s fabulous imprint has released a fifth edition of the classic Cruising Yachts Design and Performance by metacentric theory protagonist and talented amateur yacht designer (and professional ophthalmologist) T Harrison Butler.

Dr Butler’s designs were built in numbers that ran into the hundreds a good number of which still grace our seas. Cruising Yachts is his design manifesto and first appeared in 1945—the year of his death.

The new edition has been produced in collaboration with the Harrison Butler Association, and is a complete re-setting of the original text, drawings and mono photographs, and documents in detail HB’s approach to the design and equipping of a yacht, an annotated catalogue of notable designs and a biographical portrait by the designer’s daughter, the late Joan Jardine-Brown (see a photo of Mrs Jardine-Brown in an earlier post).

There are also a modern gallery of colour photographs of the yachts, and a foreword by the late Ed Burnett, who was regarded as a foremost designer of modern yachts in the classic English idiom.

Videos of Dutch charter boats racing at the end of their season

Frank van Zoest has sent over these videos of charter boats racing at the end of the chartering season. He says the boats are around 100 years old and usually in their third life. The videos came to him via his son.

He explains that early in their working lives they were sailing freighters, and then converted to motor vessels following WW2. In the ’80s they were reconverted to sail, this time with the aim of carrying passengers.

BRANDARIS RACE 2014 extended edit CZ from Sailing Club on Vimeo.