Knarr (keelboat)

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Knarr black.svg
Class symbol
A photograph of a Knarr keelboat under sail.
A Knarr under sail.
Crew3 - 4
Draft1.30 m
Hull weight2,250 kg (1,300 kg keel)
LOA9.28 m
LWL6.21 m
Beam2.12 m
Mainsail area17.60 m2
Jib/genoa area9.00 m2
Spinnaker areanone
For the Norse ship, see knarr

The Knarr (plural Knarrer) is a Bermuda rigged, long keeled, sailing yacht designed in 1943 by Norwegian Erling L. Kristofersen.[1][2] Knarrer were traditionally built in wood, with the hull upside down on a fixed frame, then attaching the iron keel after the hull was completed. The hull planks were manufactured with convex and concave edges (bead and cove) and glued together. Since 1973, this design has been built in glass-reinforced plastic with the same weight distribution as the original wooden version.[2]

The Knarr is mostly found in Norway, Denmark and San Francisco.[1] There are some vintage knarrer in Northern Germany, some racing and some just cruised for pleasure, sailing under their historic Scandinavian sail numbers as classics.[1]

In 2010 the International Knarr Championship (IKC) were held at the St. Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco. Since 1969, The IKC has been held annually alternating between San Francisco, Copenhagen, Oslo and Bergen. Since 2004, Knarrs have been built by a boat builder in Germany.[1][2]

A photograph of several boats under sail
A Knarr Regatta on San Francisco Bay in 2009


  1. ^ a b c d "Om båden". Knarr. Retrieved 1 July 2016.
  2. ^ a b c "Knarrens historie". Norsk Knarrklubb. Retrieved 1 July 2016.

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