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The International Folkboat

Designed by
Tord Sunden
Built by Marieholms Bruk of Sweden




Owners and Associations


LOA 25' 10"
LWL 19' 10"
Beam 7' 2"
Draft 4' 0"
Displacement 4740 lbs.
Ballast 2750
Ballast/Displacement 58%
Cabin headroom 4' 8"
Freeboard forward 3' 1"
Freeboard aft 2' 2"
Sail Area 280 sq. ft.
Genoa IFRA 161 sq. ft.
MORC rating 16.2

Standard Accommodations:
Teak interior; 2- 8' berths in main cabin, 2- 6'1" berths forward; self-contained head; Origo 2 burner alcohol stove; teak cabin/cockpit table; 12v lighting; hanging locker on port side; shelf lockers port and starboard.

For a complete history of the IF, visit the Swedish IFboat Union

 IF Tech Tips (updated 01/23/2002)

Information and photos on ways to improve a Marieholm International Folkboat.
Halyards led aft
Outboard well re-inforcement
Flying a Spinnaker
Time to Reef
12-Volt Battery Shelf
Tiller Extension for Quick Self-Steering

Sagging Headliner Cure (new)
Simple Tuning Guide
Class Rules for the IF (pdf file)   related drawings   (in Swedish)
North Sails trim guide (pdf file)

General Tech Tips

These are links to general boat maintenance info.
DIY Boat Owner Archives


Check out the IFboat Message Center on this site. Includes categories for IFBoats for Sale and Boats Wanted, and more.

This service is provided as a convenience for interested visitors to this site. I take no responsibility for any transactions or other messages. Please keep all posts related to the appropriate heading. Thank you.

Good Old Boat magazine published and article on Folkboats in their Jan-Feb 2000 issue. Featured in the photos and with throughout is Frank Costello's IF 1121 Espresso. Good Old Boat was nice enough to let me post it on the web.

The IF discussion web page is located at The Swedish IF-boat Association. Look for the "Discussion" button on the left.

The January-February 1999 issue of WoodenBoat Magazine has a good story on the history of the Nordic Folkboat. Marieholm boats are not mentioned however. The August 1998 issue of Sailing Magazine also published an article on the Nordic Folkboat.


The links below lead to Web sites where you can search for Folkboats.

IFboat Message Center
buy, sell, trade, share info on this site

The Swedish IF-boat Association
marketplace, discussion, tech support, and everything you want to know about IFboats

Marieholm Strömstad Marina (Sweden)
parts for IFboats-- phone: +46 526 13960 fax 13959; owner, Göran Helmer

The Dutch Boatbank (Netherlands)
IFs for sale in Holland and elsewhere--enter "Marieholm" in the first search box

Soundings Online (USA)
general database of boats--enter "folkboat" as a keyword to filter out the rest

YachtWorld's Boat Search
do the same as Soundings

Boats for Sale
do the same as in Soundings

Boats 4 Sale
serves Northeast USA with database of boats for sale

 Owners and Associations

Nordic Folkboats

Nordic Folkboats on San Francisco Bay (USA)
Jim Reedy
Danish International Folkboat Class
Nordic Folkboat
Nordic Folkboat in fiberglass (Denmark)
Nordic Folkboat International Association
Irish Sea Section of the Folkboat Association
Finnish Folkboat Association


IF SWE 1164 Lina Robert Östman
The Eskader page Malmö IF-boat Fleet
Västkustens IF-båtklubb
The SydSvenska IF-båtklubben (the south Sweden IF-boat club)
Bottenhavets IF-båtsklubb
A Marieholm Page by Myrmade

Deutsche IF-Boot Klassenvereinigung (Germany)

The Swedish IF boat Union
IF 2224 Nomad, Greg Curtis San Francisco Bay, California USA
IF DEN 259 CherIF, Soeren Nielsen Rudkøbing Sailclub, Langeland, Denmark. Postal address: Soren Nielsen, Lindevej 12, dk-5900 Rudkoebing, Denmark
IF 1597 Tarna, Martin Kellner, Stockholm Archipelago Sweden
Wildfire Herman J. Bierens, Magothy River MD, USA
Grendel formerly owned by Greg Vassilakos, Virginia USA
IF 2595 Ninya Ed and Carol Knickman South River, Maryland USA
IF 1121 Espresso Frank Costello, Humboldt Bay, California USA
Jim Reedy, San Francisco, California, USA
Pat Johnson, Pensacola Florida, USA
SWE 829 Marek Janiec, Sweden
IF-E 2975 Sytske fan Warkum Paul Brandt the Netherlands

Sisters, Cousins and Other Relations

Folkdancer Storm Petrel of Narnia owned by Clarissa Vincent
Polish Folkdancer site
Contessa 26 Association
Brian Caldwell
Contessa 26 Corner

Miscellaneous Links

World Factbook
The Universal Currency Converter
Swedish - English Dictionary
Assorted Online Dictionaries
Terra Server

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