Sailing yachts

Folkboat Junior

(REF: 17985)


  • Designer: Eric Salander
  • Builder: Various
  • Year: approx 1955
  • Location: Devon
  • Length on deck: 5.7 meter
  • Beam: 1.75meter
  • Draft: .9 meter
  • Tonnage: 695 kg

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Wooden ships comments on this Royal Danish Yacht Club (KDY) Junior 15sq meter.                      


A classic little day sailer popular in Denmark, Holland and Germany.

Folkboat Junior

In 1927 The Royal Danish Yacht Club instigated a move to encourage youngsters to learn to sail and looked for a small, affordable day sailer.

One club member went to Gothenburg in Sweden to see how the Swedes were approaching youth sail training and returned with a small yacht.

The Club then asked the Swedish yacht designer, Eric Salander to design a similar boat for their own training program and the result was the KDY Junior 15square meter

The first 4 boats were built by Sven Svendsen.

The class became popular with clubs in Sweden, Holland and Germany as well as Denmark.

A grp version was produced in 1978.

After 86 years the class is still very popular with regular international regattas and racing. Old boats are being restored and some new wooden boats have been built in Holland.


Often referred to as a mini Folkboat because of their obvious resemblance to that famous design, known as the Junior Boot in Denmark, the Folke Junior in Germany and the Deense Junior in Holland, these little boats have remarkable capabilities, several having sailed from Copenhagen to Norway and across to England.

They are economic, light weight, easily trailed and launched and suitable for both youngsters and adults to sail.


Length on deck                      5.70m

Lwl                                         4.50m

Beam                                      1.75m

Draft                                      .9m

Weight                                   695kg

Sail area                                  15 square meters



Clinker planked pine, 11 planks per side.

Copper fastened to steam bent oak timbers on an oak back-bone.

275kg cast iron ballast keel with iron keel bolts.

Marine ply deck.

Varnished mahogany coamings.

Polystyrene buoyancy blocks under the after deck and in the fore peak according to Class Rules.



Fractional bermudian sloop rig on a varnished spruce mast, stepped through the deck onto the keel.

External sail track.

Varnished boom with internal sail foot groove.

Stainless steel rigging to internal galvanised steel chain plates secured to the sides of the frames.


Mainsail and jib. New sails in white terylene.


Found in Denmark in rough condition by the present Devon owner and brought back to UK on a trailer.

The bottom has been epoxy and glass cloth sheathed allowing the boat to be dry sailed without the risk of drying out.

Topsides varnished.


A trailer is available by separate negotiation.



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