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    Default Koralle-Atalanta cold molded boat?

    https://sfbay.craigslist.org/eby/boa...740728623.html

    The owner says this is fiberglass, but no way...it's cold molded or???? Hot molded? I'm only familiar with the Koralle Jr. also marketed as the Kolibri, which is a 12 foot little fiberglass boat. I had one back in the day.

    Does anybody know anything about this design? I don't see a centerboard or daggerboard so it appears that the boat had a fixed keel but.... on a 14 footer?

    It's clearly one of these: - https://www.sailboatlistings.com/view/61029

    which is shown as a Koralle 15. Atalanta also make a Koralle 550, a sweet looking and clearly very fast 18 footer.

    If it was made in the 1960's it could very well have been hot-molded, I'm guessing. Since the deal on the Scottish Piper boat seems to be collapsing, for $100, this might be a good little sailing dinghy to have around, and a fun project..

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    Default Re: Koralle-Atalanta cold molded boat?

    The ad says twin bilgeboards. Probably glass over a molded wood hull. Needs some work, but I agree it could be fun. Check the cost of any missing parts, though. Sails any good? Etc.
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    Default Re: Koralle-Atalanta cold molded boat?

    Good call Woxbox....yes in one of the pictures on the sailboatlistings advertisement, you can just see the slot for one of the leeboards. Bingo!

    That wide-open interior is pretty intriguing. It might make a good camp-cruiser.

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    Default Re: Koralle-Atalanta cold molded boat?

    Koralle is the design, German for Coral.
    History of "Atlanta Bootsbau GmbH", Allgäu, Germany, 1958-1978

    Atlanta Boats was situated in Weitnau, in the German province of Bavaria. The buildings are now occupied by Gabriel-Chemie Deutschland GMBH.

    Klaus Schneeberger built his first 3 boats named Koralle, (English: Coral) in 1957, two years after the Allied occupation of Germany ended. After WW II ended, sailing was outlawed for Germans in 1945. Although the law was relaxed slightly the following year, the sport was primarily reserved for the wealthy and elite. The common people had no money for such luxuries. Schneeberger was determined to change this and make boats for sailing, rowing or motoring that anyone could afford. The boat of his dream would be fun to sail, lovely to look at and easy to transport on the roof of almost any European car.

    Schneeberger found investors and founded Atlanta Boats in January, 1961 at 23 years of age. Elitist sailing clubs responded with disdain for Schneeberger's "cheap boats" and the German boat-builder's union tried to stop him by claiming that he had not been trained and licensed to build boats. Schneeberger successfully fought off his detractors by showing that the boats he built were different from traditional vessels. In 1963, 1,200 units were sold for 980 Marks each and the price was raised to 1,100 Marks. By 1964, Atlanta was selling it's Koralle for 1495 Marks with an annual production of over a thousand boats!

    The Koralle was a unique boat of 4mm mahogany plywood overlaid with 3mm of Fiberglass. It had twin retracting keels that protruded from the sides of the hull rather than in the center. With its sleek form and attractive mahogany inside hull and deck, the Koralle found many followers. Towards the end of the sixties, Atlanta Boats began building other boat models, thanks to a risky move by the owner.
    https://www.rvharvey.com/atlanta_boats_germany.doc
    It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

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    Default Re: Koralle-Atalanta cold molded boat?

    A little snooping around, with alternate terms picks up a number of these boats in Germany.

    https://www.njuskalo.hr/jedrilice/at...-oglas-3096315

    and this little treasure...

    http://leonardobortolamienglish.weeb...anta-boot.html

    NICE. I might have a little project, here, seeing as it's become more and more obvious that the Piper is simply not going to happen.

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