Folly        folly6

Nordic Folkboat, USA 16
built in 1948 in Odense, Denmark
imported by Solar Boat Company in Richmond, CA (brass plaque on the boat)
LOA: 25′, LWL: 19’8″, beam: 7’3″, draft: 3’11”
displacement: 4800lbs, ballast: 2300lbs and sail area of 240sqft, fractional rig…

FolkIMG_20120413_181230boat Hall of Fame:
1971, 72, 73 – Chuck Kaiser in Folly ( USA 16)
1975 – Chuck Kaiser in Folly (USA 16)

Mostly sound, Folly was given to Cass Gidley Marina in 2012 as the only alternative to getting wrecked. She sat idle at the old Cass Marina docks for several months until we were able to arranged for a free/donated haul-out at San Rafael Yacht Harbor.
A dedicated volunteer crew with occasional help from others has been conducting a survey, structural repairs and a lot of cosmetics.
IMG_20130317_145151We decided to restore Folly in the spirit of Chuck Kaiser and with help and information from his son Eric Kaiser. (More oral history to come) The color goes back to red top sides with black boot top and white bottom paint. Just as she looked in her hay days in the 60s 70s. Chuck thought that red is a fast color. Judging from his race record, he was not mistaken.

Chuck Kaiser bought Folly from the Sewards in 1962.

folly deck replacementPat met Chuck in July 1967 and helped him knock plugs out of the rails as he was going to replace the deck. She says he put so much grit in the deck paint that the crew would bleed.

folly8We intend to use Folly for the sail training program, participate in the Wednesday night races with volunteers and students who are interested in learning about keelboat racing, and have her be a gear transport for small boat field trips with youth.

Read more about the history of the Nordic Folkboat at the SF Bay Folkboat Association website.


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