Is this the mostinfluential and successful design of all time? The

design iscredlted to Tord Sunden though a large part of the

conception is down to the work of a Swedish committee in the 1930s.

It was after the war, though, that the Folkboat swept Europe with an

enormous number of builders involved working to identical hult and

rig dimensions but with significant differences in construction, deck

and superstructure design and accommodation. Early Folkboats were

all clinker but carvel was introduced later. Cruising Folkboats had a

doghouse and improved headroom. They are huge fun and still quick

bytoday’s standards. As cruisers they are a little cramped and wet in a

seaway. Thedesign is nowavailable, ‘in-class’ in GRPand is very much

still in production. There may be as many as 6000 or more Folkboats

around the world. From a buyer’s point of view there are Folkboats to

suit all tastes from stripped out, fully equipped racers to tired and basic

old cruisers. Careful surveying is essential to avoid problem boats but

they can be a cheap way into family cruising

or an affordable means of enjoying highly

competitive class racing. Manyhave been

extensively modified. The design spawned

a whole industry of ‘Folkboat derivatives’,

some ofthe more famous being the

Contessa 26, Invieta and Folkdancer.

LOA 25ft (7.6m) LWL 19ft 8in (5.9m)

beam 7ft 2in (2.1 m) draught 3ft

11 in (1.2m) displacement4,800

Ib (2,181 kg) Price guide: Wood

£3,000 £10,000. GRP

£20,000 to £40,000+ YM

Test Report February 1969.