It’s always been one of my favorites:
(Rendering courtesy www.knarr.dk)
(Photo courtesy Risley Sams)
When I was a kid, we frequently sailed to Santa Cruz Island in the Channel Islands of California. Invariably, in whatever harbor we chose to anchor, a Knarr was there before us, crewed by a man and his two young sons. In weather fair and foul. And the Knarr looked absolutely beautiful under sail…
Years later, my father purchased that boat. Alas, I was already out of the house and never got to sail her.
(Photo courtesy the Danish Knarr Class, www.knarr.dk)
The boats are 30′6″ LOA. She was designed in 1943 by Erling L. Kristofersen in Norway. There are very active fleets in Norway, Denmark, and San Francisco Bay. And you can still find an occasional one in Ontario, Buffalo, or here in Brooklin, Maine.
The class approved fiberglass construction in 1973.
Here are some links
San Francisco Knarr class: http://sfbayknarr.com
The Danish Knarr class: http://www.knarr.dk
The Norwegian Class: http://www.knarr.no
Recently, I’ve been looking at two of them that are for sale in the northeast. Help!
What do you know about them?