Knud Reimers

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Knud Reimers (1906–1987) was one of the most important Scandinavian yacht designers of the 20th century. He was born in Denmark and educated as a shipwright in Germany at Friedrich Krupp Germaniawerft in the twenties, a yard building large sailing and motoryachts at the time. He worked as apprentice at Abeking & Rasmussen in (Bremen-)Lemwerder under the supervision of Henry Rasmussen.[1][2] His first employment was in Stockholm at the design studio of the famous naval architect Gustaf Estlander. When Estlander suddenly died at the age of 54 in 1930, the 25-year-old Reimers bought his design practice. He promptly sold six 22m² Skerry cruisers to the Detroit Yacht Club. He later drew plans for the great 75m² Skerry cruiser Bacchant (II) that furthered his reputation as a designer of fast cruisers and racers.

Reimers most celebrated construction is the Tumlare which was designed in the early 1930s (1933 from a majority of sources; No. 1, 'Aibe' was built the next year for Bengt Kinde), and became a popular class worldwide. Examples are to be found all round the Baltic, in the UK, North America and Australia.[3][4] After owning the Tumlare Zara, Adlard Coles bought a 32' Large Tumlare Cohoe, with which he won the Transatlantic Race of 1950.[5]

Reimers went on to design cruisers, offshore racers and a large number of exclusive sailing and motor yachts. Reimers boats are available in numerous countries worldwide and boats are still built to his designs. His drawing archives are at the Maritime Museum in Stockholm.[6] Reimers also designed Motor yachts, e.g. Orwell Class, 25’, (Yachting World 1938)[7] and Swedish Express, 50’, (Yachting World 1938).[7]

Reimers was also a lecturer, and produced films of races like the Tall Ships Race, Bermuda Race, Fastnet Race and Atlantic Race. Knud Reimers argued that in offshore race sailing, the final test is to create boats that can travel at sea in any weather, and said (loosely translated): "The boat is the means to reach the treasure beyond the horizon".[8]

List of Knud Reimers yacht designs[edit]

Reimers designed numerous yachts for the metre Rule and square Metre or Skerry cruiser rule classes; they are known variously by length in metres or (more often) feet, and also often by their square metre rating etc. which together with the re-use of several names may justify this table as an attempt towards clarifying the confusing variety of naming conventions…

1938- "Flicka" April, 1937, Reimers ordered the first 4 Albatross to be built by Oscar Schelin, Kungsors Batvarv, Sweden. They were finished in March, 1938. #4 was named Landfall by the buyer and shipped to Texas. [25]February, 2017, this remarkable boat is 79 years old, has had 10 owners and four names. Presently (2017) being restored as Flicka in Port Hadlock, Washington.

Year Class or Boat Name LOA Ft Beam Ft Builders Name Number Built Notes
1933 TUMLARE 27 ft 3 in (8.31 m) 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) Various "At least 200"[9] "Some 600"[10] [11] 20m2
1934 SCHARENKREUZER 30SQM 40 ft 0 in (12.19 m) 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) Various [12]
1934 HOCCO 27 ft 3 in (8.31 m) 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) [13] 28m2 on a Tumlare Hull for sailing on lake Geneva
1934 5½ S9 Blåsut 35 ft 2 in (10.72 m) 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) Williams, Motala [14] Nordisk Kryssare 5½ S9 Blåsut

[15][dead link][16] Similar 5.5m Nordic Cruiser here[17]

1936 Bacchant (II) 62 ft 0 in (18.90 m) 9 ft 10 in (3.00 m) [18] (cf 1937 ‘Bacchante’ 42’6” given at ASQMA;[19] cf also NMM in Cornwall[7]);( “75m2[20]) -original Bacchant was an Estlander 30m2 design, 1928
1937 STORTUMLARE ("Large Tumlare") aka ALBATROSS [21] 32 ft 0 in (9.75 m) 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) (2.3m given at[22]) Numerous Examples on the web; 30m2[23]
1937 Havsornen 52 ft 0 in (15.85 m) 11 ft 0 in (3.35 m) Holms Batvarv Seems to have been designed jointly by Reimers and Tore Holm[24] -Built in Holms' yard and often attributed solely to him
1939 Siska 50 ft 6 in (15.39 m) 8 ft 6 in (2.59 m) Knud Reimers 40m2 boat modified for the Sydney-Hobart Race [20][26]
1941 Onwards SCHARENKREUZER S22 37 ft 0 in (11.28 m) 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) [27] 36’ given in[7] 22m2
1948 Agneta 82 ft 0 in (24.99 m) 13 ft 9 in (4.19 m) Yawl[18]
1955 UDELL one design 36 ft 3 in (11.05 m) 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) Raymond Creekmore 11 in North America[28] [29] Note: a one design sub-class of the 22m2 class [30] named after Clare Udell[31] Chicago YC[32] 1953
1955[7] C(H)AMELEON CLASS 29 ft 0 in (8.84 m) 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) Various ‘2 dozen built for 1956’ [33][34] cf forum on classicboat.co.uk
1960 BACCHANT IV 35 ft 10 in (10.92 m) 9 ft 0 in (2.74 m) Vasteras Fiberplast ca. 100 [29] BACCHANT III a one design yawl
1964 Bijou 40 ft 9 in (12.42 m) 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) e.g. I. Beck & Sohne, Bodensee classic 30 m2[18] built in southern Germany. cf Bijou II in N America[35]
1964 sv:FINGAL 27 27 ft 3 in (8.31 m) 28’ given in[36] 7 ft 10 in (2.39 m) Fisksatra Varv ca. 200 Supplied in kit form and fitted out to a variety of interior designs[37]
1972 S 30 cf also S30-93 41 ft 0 in (12.50 m) (40’/12.3m in [19](???)) 8 ft 2 in (2.49 m) AB Fisksatra varv, Sweden; Crown Yacht, Sweden '305' according to [36] -111, built between ‘30s and ‘90s, are listed at [12] 30 sqm The project name was originally Gota 30 which was later changed to O 30 and finally to S 30. Types A30 and S30;[12] Sometimes Swede 41/ S30: aka Skerry41 30m2/ 41ft Loa
1975 SWEDE 55 52 ft 6 in (16.00 m) 53’[7] 10 ft 0 in (3.05 m) Crown Yacht, Sweden 35[38] designed at request of some of Stockholms Royal Swedish Yacht Club members[39] 55m2 aka SWEDE 52 (52' 6" loa)
1982 JUBILEE S40[29] 47 ft 3 in (14.40 m) 8 ft 10 in (2.69 m) Tufa Marin.[40] 9 designed to celebrate Remiers' 50th anniversary as a yacht designer, 4 boats in Germany and 5 in Sweden.[41] 40m2
1986[36] SK 30/40 40 ft 0 in (12.19 m) 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) Jansson & Zarin 7[36] 30m2/ 40 ft Loa
1993 (posth.) S30-93 41 ft 0 in (12.50 m) (40’/12.3m in [19](???)) 8 ft 2 in (2.49 m) AB Fisksatra varv, Sweden; Crown Yacht, Sweden '305' according to[36] -111, built between ‘30s and ‘90s, are listed at [12] 1993 updated version of S30, with increased sail area by extending the boom and increasing the foretriangle: at this stage the original was termed 'S30 classic'[19] -see also sv:S 30

Further notes: Sensa is given as a 5m class; 6m designs are mentioned; a number of individual boats to Reimers' designs are listed on the Australian square metre association website,[19] e.g. Wings 44’, 1938/ Joyous- plans 1958/ Lady in Red: similarly, Jibslist[33] mentions the 41' GOTA (original project name for the S30) and the 42'8" SCHARENKREUZER 40S.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Page for Reimers at classicyacht.info accessdate=9 July 2016
  2. ^ "(dead link, 8 July 2016)Knud_Reimers at pia.hostoi.com". Knud_Reimers. Archived from the original on 16 December 2014. Retrieved 8 July 2016. 
  3. ^ A web site for Tumlaren, tummelisa157.dinstudio.se Archived 4 October 2013 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ "(dead link, 8 July 2016)Web hosting, domain names, VPS - 000webhost.com". hostoi.com. Archived from the original on 15 December 2014. Retrieved 7 July 2016. 
  5. ^ Erroll Bruce: DEEP SEA SAILING accessdate=9 July 2016
  6. ^ Reimers records mentioned at page for Swedish maritime museum, sjohistoriska.se accessdate=9 July 2016
  7. ^ a b c d e f "National Maritime Museum Cornwall". nmmc.co.uk. Retrieved 7 July 2016. 
  8. ^ Sonja Herlin, Blå Horisont (Blue Horizon), Rabén och Sjögren, Stockholm 1983.
  9. ^ "TUMLAREN sailboat specifications and details on sailboatdata.com". sailboatdata.com. Retrieved 7 July 2016. 
  10. ^ "Tumlare Owners Group". tumlare.org.uk. Retrieved 7 July 2016. 
  11. ^ "Classic Boat Classes". classicboatclasses.co.uk. Retrieved 7 July 2016. 
  12. ^ a b c d (dead link, 8 July 2016)Knud H.Reimers in yachtregister at 30er.com Archived 8 August 2014 at the Wayback Machine.
  13. ^ "Saint Bonaventure - Hocco (1934) - Atelier des Voiles d'Antan du Léman (AVAL)". voilesdantan.org. 5 October 2010. Retrieved 7 July 2016. 
  14. ^ Page for S9 Blåsut, Nordisk Kryssare 5½
  15. ^ 1934 -'Eolo' (afterly 'Maracaibo), for the argentinian yachtsman Mr. Sierburg. This boat was entirelly built with 'Viraró' (a South American Wood) by 'Astillero Rio de La Plata'(Germán Frers) (dead link, 8 July 2016) Page in Swedish Maritime Museum, sjohistoriska.se
  16. ^ Page for Blasut at Swedish Maritime museum sjohistoriska.se accessdate=9 July 2016
  17. ^ 5.5m Nordic Cruiser drawing by Reimers at digitaltmuseum.se accessdate=12 July 2016
  18. ^ a b c Braschos, Erdmann. "Knud Reimers - S W E D E S A I L". swedesail.de. Retrieved 7 July 2016. 
  19. ^ a b c d e "Australian square metre association". asqma.com. Retrieved 7 July 2016. 
  20. ^ a b Braschos, Erdmann. "Willkommen - S W E D E S A I L". swedesail.de. Retrieved 7 July 2016. 
  21. ^ "Celeste - Wooden Boat". woodenboat.com.au. Retrieved 7 July 2016. 
  22. ^ "Stortumlare fakta om båt iHamn.se". ihamn.se. Retrieved 7 July 2016. 
  23. ^ Stortumlare drawing by Reimers at digitaltmuseum.se Accessdate=12 July 2016
  24. ^ Page for Havsornen at billionaire.com accessdate=9 July 2016
  25. ^ Oct. 1982, personal letter from Reimers
  26. ^ "Australian square metre associat". asqma.com. Retrieved 7 July 2016. 
  27. ^ "22 KLUBBEN - www.sk22.se: Jaktregister". sk22.se. Retrieved 7 July 2016. 
  28. ^ Page on N. American Udells at squareskerryyachts.net accessdate=9 July 2016
  29. ^ a b c page for Reimers' designs at sailboatdata.com accessdate=9 July 2016
  30. ^ "Boat List". 22squaremeters.com. Retrieved 7 July 2016. 
  31. ^ Some Udell history at labyrinthina.com accessdate=9 July 2016
  32. ^ "Classic Sailboats - Keeping The Legends Alive". classicsailboats.org. Retrieved 7 July 2016. 
  33. ^ a b Knud Reimers page at jibslist.com Archived 10 August 2014 at the Wayback Machine.
  34. ^ Specifications for CHAMELEON CLASS at jibslist.com Archived 10 August 2014 at the Wayback Machine.
  35. ^ "BIJOU II". woodenboat.com. Retrieved 7 July 2016. 
  36. ^ a b c d e "Maringuiden". maringuiden.se. Retrieved 7 July 2016. 
  37. ^ "Fingal - Sailguide.com". sailguide.com. Retrieved 7 July 2016. 
  38. ^ "SWEDE 55 sailboat specifications and details on sailboatdata.com". sailboatdata.com. Retrieved 7 July 2016. 
  39. ^ Braschos, Erdmann. "Baltic Sea Yachting Highlight - S W E D E S A I L". swedesail.de. Retrieved 7 July 2016. 
  40. ^ "Jubilee S40". segeln-magazin.de. Retrieved 7 July 2016. 
  41. ^ Page for JUBILEE S40 at sailguide.com accessdate=9 July 2016