Ohlson 38

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The Ohlson 38 is a 38-foot (12 m) cruiser racer sailing yacht designed by Swedish naval architect Einar Ohlson.[1] About 128 of these boats have been built at various boat yards in Europe.[1] The Ohlson 38 is known for its speed, which has been proven in a number of races.[2]

In 1967 the Ohlson 38 was created by Swedish designer Einar Ohlson. It was an extended version of his 36-footer[1] Einar Ohlson was a well-known 5.5 M boat designer in the 1960s like[1] Bill Luders, Ray Hunt or Britton Chance, Jr. His boats are still raced today as classics within the 5.5 M race circuit.[3]

The Ohlson 38 was GRP-produced, in contrast to the 36s, which were built from wood.[1] The GRP hulls for the Ohlson 38 were laminated by the Tyler Boat Company Ltd.[4] in Tonbridge, Kent in the United Kingdom and so were decks including the coachroof. The Ohlson Brothers (Bröderna Ohlson AB) in Västra Frolunda near Gothenburg finished boats primarily for the US market.[1] Other yards finished these boats, including Malö in Henån, Matthiessen und Paulsen in Arnis/Germany, and Alexander Robertsons & Sons in Sandbank, Argyll, Scotland.

Einar Ohlson’s work has been recognized by The Encyclopedia of Yacht Designers.[5]

The Ohlson 38 is an ocean-going cruiser, and many extended voyages have been made with these boats, including Clare Francis's Observer Single-handed Trans-Atlantic Race with 'Robertson's Golly',[6] a woman's world-record transatlantic crossing speed record.[7] and other voyages have been written about by Richard "Jud" Henderson,[8] and Johanna Michaelis and Klaus Nölters with their circumnavigation on Ole Hoop.[9]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Henderson, Richard 'Jud' (1979). Choice Yacht Designs. Camden, MA: International Marine Publishing Company. p. 239. ISBN 0-87742-112-9.
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  3. ^ "Sailboat designs of Einar Ohlson by year". Sailboatdata.com. Retrieved 2013-03-16.
  4. ^ "Sailboats built by Tyler Boat Co. Ltd. (UK) by year on". Sailboatdata.com. Retrieved 2013-03-16.
  5. ^ Sol Knight & Mac Naughton, Lucia del & Danoel B (2006). The Encyclopedia of Yacht Designers. New York, NY: W.W. Norton Company. p. 530. ISBN 0-393-04876-4.
  6. ^ Jennifer S. Uglow; Frances Hinton; Maggy Hendry (1999). The Northeastern Dictionary of Women's Biography. UPNE. pp. 210–. ISBN 978-1-55553-421-9.
  7. ^ Clare Francis, Come hell or high water, Pelham Books, London, 1977, Richard "Jud" Henderson with his Atlantic cruise on 'Kelpie'
  8. ^ East to the Azores, International Marine Publishing Company Camden MA, 1978
  9. ^ Johanna Michaelis & Michael Nölters Der erfüllbare Traum, Delius Klasing Verlag, Bielefeld, 2002

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