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An Antique Tumlaren Yacht With a Unique Past

32 ft sail boat treated with Penofin Marine Oil finishAs the transition from the pre-war school of yacht design took place, a few marine architects managed to make a name for themselves in both old and new eras. After fiberglass hulls, synthetic materials and new racing rules came into existence after World War II it was Olin Stephens and Knud Reimers who left their marks as premier yacht designers. Each had a tremendous effect on the world of boats. Olin Stephens has been the subject of many articles and is a well known name in yachting circles being the founder of the yacht design firm of Sparkman and Stephens.

Less well known, but perhaps just as important a designer, Knud Reimers began working in 1932 for the Swedish marine architect and boat racer Gustaf Estlander in Stockholm. When Estlander died, the 24-year-old Reimers took over the practice and promptly sold six 22-meter skerry cruisers to the Detroit Yacht Club. He later drew plans for the great 75-meter skerry cruiser Bacchant that furthered his burgeoning reputation as a designer of fast cruiser/racers.

Reimers drew boats with a high degree of engineering detail. An example of his engineering genius was a three bladed propeller that rotated and fed the generator under sail which he included on a mahogany eighty-footer sold to Giovanni Agnelli of the Italian Fiat Company. But the high point of his life probably came when he won the Fasnet Race in his own Anitra design.

Skip and Barbara get ready to christen the Egret Reimers went on to design the Tumlaren class in 1933 to marry the Koster boat, longish and narrow, with the speed potential of a Scandinavian skerry cruiser. Fleets of this 27ft. boat and her larger sisters, the stor Tumlaren, eventually numbered over 600 and were found in 24 countries around the world. The Tumlaren's characteristics are her very easy fore and aft lines along with the water-lines and buttocks being very easy throughout. They were, like all Reimers boats, designed on diagonals, all of which cut the sections squarely a great value for the builder for laying down and fairing up, according to Reimers.

Uffa Fox, the great British yacht designer, called the Tumlaren "the most advanced type of cruiser in the world." The balance and beauty of the characteristic bow and gracefully rounded stern coined the British usage of "Tumlaren stern" and similar nautical expressions. "Her concept was unusual and might take a while to catch on, for it takes years to break the habits and ideas that have grown and become accepted by sailors the world over", Fox noted. But it was only four years after her design that fleets were being established as far away as the Royal St. Kilda Yacht Club on Port Phillip Bay in Australia - with class rules adjusted locally to allow spotted gum tree for timbers.

Another Englishman, Adlard Coles, after owning the Tumlaren Zara, had a stor-Tumlaren (big Tumlaren) built. She was the 32 -foot COHOE which he captained to win the 1950 Transatlantic Race. Like those of her smaller sisters, COHOE's design points were a long waterline and a soft tuck to the garboard and aft section that seemed to wipe out the deadening quarter wave of many a meatier double-ender. COHOE is a sister ship to Penofin's Tumlaren, Egret.

The stor-Tumlaren Egret (ex-Dolphin), is 31ft. 9 in., with a beam of 7ft. 5 in. and a keel depth of 5'6". Her lines were lofted on the floor at Jensen's boatyard in Denmark in 1939 and built of Nordic pine that was copper fastened to oak frames with a mahogany deck sheer and house. With a small, single cylinder diesel, her gross displacement is 9500 pounds. Egret's 48ft. bright Sitka Spruce mast has a decided aft-rake to it as well as being beautifully curved aloft. The mast is adjusted by two running backstays and an adjustable main backstay. By tightening the adjustable backstays, one can flatten the mainsail when needed. This old-style fractional rig with two spreaders and a jump spreader and has proven effective and weatherly, seldom needing a reef in heavier winds.

Egret at the Balboa Bay Club She has an unusual aft cockpit with just enough room to hold the helmsman. The main sheet is attached to a traveler on a wooden strongback that separates the aft cockpit from the main cockpit. The interior accommodations are Spartan with full length settee berths port and starboard and a v-berth forward the mast, allowing her to sleep four. Aft the port settee is a small alcohol stove with storage lockers. Additional storage lockers are to starboard. Beautiful mahogany wood is fully restored using Penofin Marine Oil Finish that was wet-sanded to achieve a hand-rubbed look. Her lovely exterior paint scheme is Chesapeake Green on the topsides, white bootstripe on the waterline, and black bottom paint.

Hoisting the main and genoa is a task accomplished without mast winches, as the rig is simple and functional. Two jib-sheet winches and the old Swedish compass complete this very original craft. The Egret loves to have a rail under water and uses the power from a 120% genoa and the extremely tall mainsail to drive to windward easily with little weather helm.

Click here for Wooden Boat Foundation Egret's 1994 survey found "this well built classic boat has been lovingly cared for and is in exceptionally nice condition." Her hailing port is Newport Beach, California at the Balboa Bay Club where she serves as the Penofin Marine Oil Finish vintage wooden sailboat.

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