IF-boat

Summary

IF-boat
IF-Boot black.svg
Class symbol
Ifbat.jpg
An IF-boat. +
Development
DesignerTord Sundén
Year1967
Hull
LOA7.87 m (25 ft 10 in)
LWL6.03 m (19 ft 9 in)

The IF-boat (previously International Folkboat) is a sailboat class based on the Nordic Folkboat design.

History

Following the success of the Nordic Folkboat, in the 1960s the original designer Tord Sundén approached Swedish yachmaker Marieholm bruk with the idea of redesigning the boat for production in fibreglass. In his design Sunden maintained the lines of the original boat, but used the modern production technique to increase cabin size and sail area.[1] Freeboard was increased to give more space below and the bow and transom were redesigned for aesthetic reasons.[2]

Production was started in 1967 by Marieholm, however the Swedish Sailing Federation didn't like the name International Folkboat and it was changed to IF-boat.[3] In 1970 the IF boat was accepted as a One Design Class at the Svenska Seglardförbundet.[4]

During the period 1969 to 1977 over 3,000 Marieholm IF-boats were built. Some are also manufactured under license in Australia.[5]

Export took place to Germany, Norway, Denmark, USA, Switzerland and Austria. The last IF boat, with sail number 3488, was sold on December 28, 1984.[6]

In 2018 the IF-Boat was put back into production. The new IF-Boat is an initiative of SeacamperIF from Berlin.[7]

References

  1. ^ "International Folkboats (IF-Boats) – St Mawes Sailing Club". www.stmawessailing.co.uk. Retrieved 2021-07-23.
  2. ^ Kean, Larry (December 1974). Boating Magazine: The Fiberglass Folkboat (PDF). pp. 41–46.
  3. ^ Gelin, Curt (2005), 500 segelbåtar i test: bakgrund, egenskaper, omdömen (in Swedish), Stockholm: Nautiska förlaget, p. 102, ISBN 91-89564-19-7
  4. ^ "Specificaties". IF-Boat New Edition (in Dutch). Retrieved 2021-07-23.
  5. ^ "International Folkboats (IF-Boats) – St Mawes Sailing Club". www.stmawessailing.co.uk. Retrieved 2021-07-23.
  6. ^ "Specificaties". IF-Boat New Edition (in Dutch). Retrieved 2021-07-23.
  7. ^ "Thuishaven". IF-Boat New Edition (in Dutch). Retrieved 2021-07-23.