Wooden ships comments on this 75sq meter project
A major restoration project of a classic Scandinavian yacht.
Research indicates that this yacht is probably Yard No 175, designed and built by Anker and Jensen, Oslo in 1916 to the 75sq’ Rule for a Johannes Lindvig of Krager.
She was removed from the Norwegian Register in 1938.
She appeared on the UK register in 1947.
The hull form is typical of her period and the rule which produced a very elegant shape with long overhangs.
The 75sqm yachts were very manageable being under 40’ on deck with the most elegant lines.
The Meter Rule introduced in 1908 by the Swedish Cruising Association and modified in 1925 required the yachts to be built to open sea specifications and to have accommodation for longer passage racing. The result was a strong and practical yacht by the standards of the period.
There is a considerable following in the classic yacht world for Meter Rule yachts and many have been rebuilt to the highest standards.
Planked in mahogany all copper fastened to grown oak frames with two steamed oak intermediates.
Fabricated steel angle floors on the grown oak frames.
External iron ballast keel.
Some original deck beams still in place, a forward beam carrying her UK Official Number.
Original deck was probably T&G pine, canvas covered and has been removed.
Old photos show that she had a coach-roof from aft of the mast back to the cock-pit with a sky-light midships and a hatch on the fore deck indicating that she was built with some accommodation. These yachts were genuine Cruiser/Racers.
Old drawings show that the early 75sqm yachts carried a very high peaked gaff, almost a gunter rig.
This yacht was almost certainly built with a fractional Bermudian rig.
At some stage in her life an engine has been installed, the stern tube cut through the stern post and significantly prejudicing it’s strength.
The ownership of the yacht has been traced and is available. She spent some time in Glasson Dock, Lancashire where apparently her then owners live aboard.
She later came into the ownership of a Cheshire man who approached Wooden Ships to dispose of her as he was no longer capable of continuing with a restoration which had only just begun.
Sold by Wooden Ships in 2009 to the present owners and transported to Cornwall.
The hull was set up in a covered shed, cleaned out and made ready for restoration.
The recent trajic death of the owner now means the yacht must be sold as is.
Preliminary inspection indicates that much of the structure will have to be replaced.
Original photos and some drawings are available showing the deck lay-out, rig and interior.
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