Category Archives: Sailing cruisers

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

Small sailing cruiser modelled on a Zuiderzee fishing boat

Dutch sailmaker and weblogger Frank van Zoest (see earlier posts) has sent over this rather fetching photo. Here’s what he says:

Hi Gavin,

This picture was sent by an friendly customer. The boat isbased on a fishing boat from the Zuiderzee, the Staverse Jol. It was built by Bart Jan Bats, who also builds the BJ 17, a fine lugger designed by Nigel Irens.

The customer wanted an uncluttered interior with no frames, so the boat is built with foam, glass epoxy, and the planking is oak veneer.

The builder went far into details, and even used endgrain veneer for the top of the stemhead.

The mast is carbon so the owner can easily take off the rig and use her as a motor launch.

The magazine Spiegel der Zeilvaart ran a long article about her and published a photo of her on its cover.

Thanks Frank!

‘Did you sail that thing here?’ – Leo Goolden solos the Atlantic in a Folkboat

The things people do with a Folkboat.

I remember dreaming of buying one and sailing off when I was just 16. I wouldn’t have had the slightest idea what to do with it, but the thought was so appealing…

‘Did you sail that thing here?’ – solo across the Atlantic in a Folkboat

Ditch Crawlers, 1953