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Fall 2010 (Issue No. 49)

1955 MALAR 25 SKERRY CRUISER 33'

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1955 MALAR 25 SKERRY CRUISER 33'. Owner says, "The Malar 25 is what is called a Skerry Cruiser built to sail the large inland lake in Sweden called Lake Malaren. It is a beautiful, great sailing boat with a design that I would say is somewhat between an IOD and a Dragon. She was built in 1955 in Kungsors, Sweden, by Oscar Schelin who was also the designer. If you have a copy of Skene's by Francis Kinney, Schelin built one or two of the boats that Kinney discusses in the book. LOA 33'6"; beam 6'11"; draft 5'3"; displ 4900lbs.

"ALSKLING, that's her name. It means something like Darling or Beloved. I bought her in 1983 and worked on her for 3 years before getting in the water. The initial work was replacing her iron framing with oak. Since then I have made a new mast, replaced the garboards and about 6 planks. Besides the garboards which are normal width, the rest of the planking is very narrow, about 2 1/8" maximum. It's an interesting way to plank a boat in that the planks don't have to be fitted to each other, just bent in place like strip planking. The planking and trim are bright African Mahogany. There is no caulking. Renewed the wood keel where it abuts the cast iron fin, replaced the keel bolts, renewed the canvas deck, and of course done many smaller projects as necessary.

"She has a bracket for an outboard beside the cockpit. I've used Sea-gulls, which are light enough to mount and demount and push the boat quite well. Below is sitting headroom, with two bunks, a hanging locker, and as you step into the cabin, there is a hinged step that covers what was a ceramic toilet but is now a porta pottie. She is a 3/4 rigged sloop, with twin forestays and running backstays. The main was used one short season. I have 3 jibs, a drifter and a star cut spinnaker." Asking $4000 (neg).

Email Ed at [contact info removed].

(City Island, NY)

ALSKLING, the 1555 MALAR HAS BEEN ADOPTED BY A BONE YARD BOATS SUBSCRIBER AND IS NO LONGER AVAILABLE.


[BYB: This Malaren class sailboat started with the M22 in 1929, and expanded to include the M15, M25, and M30 models of Malaren boats (aka M-boats). The M-Boat Association, an affiliate of the Swedish Sailing Federation, has a website (www.Mbat.nu) where you can see some great photos of these racers. The site is in Swedish, and the Google page translation leaves a lot to the imagination. But, hey, a boat picture is a boat picture in any language, right!]

 

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