View Full Version : Pettersson boats - Swedish eye candy

02-17-2002, 01:43 PM
Here in Scandinavia, wooden boats by CG Pettersson are very popular. Here is a site with photos of over 100 beautiful boats, most of them built 1905-1935.


/BR Tomas F.

02-17-2002, 03:44 PM
I see Fliken had painted topsides in 1963 , and wonder if the cruisers were typically painted or bright when they were launched ?If you click on Ihre Wiking there's some interesting shots of the boats hull as she's picked off the beach with a crane truck , and subsequent repair .

02-17-2002, 06:26 PM

02-18-2002, 01:53 AM
Hi Will
if built with Swedish pine ("furu") then they where often painted white, and if mahogany they where often varnished all the way down to the water level. So Flickan the an exception here.

The larges ones where painted though, like Carla III.

Carla III photo (http://www.mys.nu/Bildarkiv/Yachter/image28.htm) /BR Tomas F.

Jamie Hascall
02-18-2002, 11:16 AM
I had the joy of being in Stockholm last year and saw a number of these truly distinctive and amazing boats. It's great to finally have more of an idea of their origins. Thanks for the link.


02-19-2002, 09:48 PM
That was great! Brought back fond memories of the years in Stockholm, we hauled a few of these at the yard on Lidingo, but saw many more while sailing in the archipelago. These boats go through the water so nicely, and are great to look at. Never felt the desire to rage at these boats when they went by.

02-19-2002, 10:37 PM
What's the Finnish?

02-20-2002, 02:20 AM
Hi Kristian,
the funny thing with Finnish is that it is not related to any other Scandinavian language, Finnish is only related to Hungarian(!). So unfortunately I have no idea what the Finnish means. I guess the years indicates build year, like 1911 for this one.

More photos (http://www.puuvene.net/Lehti/1997-2/pettersson.html)

/Tomas F.

02-20-2002, 10:59 PM
The Finnish on the boats. Jeez I thought that pun was too obvious. :rolleyes:

02-21-2002, 03:13 AM
Ha :D
It's of course hard to get the perfect finnish on boats from 1910. Engines were soo weak that the hulls were made very light. Most common is half inch wood for hull and deck. So proper sanding will destroy such a boat in some decades.
Still some of the boats are in wonderful condition. Like the one below. Most use traditional varnishes like Epiphanes, Rylard or Sikkens. Was this sort of an answer (sorry for not really following your English). /T


02-22-2002, 12:39 AM
Sorry, I guess the joke was lost in the translation.
The boats are Scandinavian design with a high gloss varnish and lot's of brightwork. They have a good finish on them.
Finnland is a part of Scandinavia. Somebody from Finnland is said to be "Finnish".

I was joking between Finnish and the finish on the boats.

02-22-2002, 01:20 PM
Yes we where lost... but we had a lot of fun as we understood how much we misunderstood.
/Tomas F.

02-22-2002, 06:21 PM

I liked this shot of the bare deck . Is the camera fooling us , or were the color contrasts in the finished deck achieved by staining ?

[ 02-22-2002, 06:28 PM: Message edited by: Will ]

02-27-2002, 02:03 AM
I think this also is an effect of a lineseed oil treatment, that makes mahogany turn red and pine turn sharp yellow. /Tomas F.

02-27-2002, 01:10 PM
Tomas I was thinking maybe on this boat all was pine with the covering board and kingplank stained to look mahogony .Look at the wide grain showing on the starboard bow ,while the grain of the other red planks is somewhat suspiciously obscured .Just curious .

02-28-2002, 02:13 AM
good observation, I missed that. But the grain does not look like pine to me, at least not Scandinavian pine that has less than 1 mm between the "lines". Maybe "modern" environmental mahogany looks like this...
/Tomas F.