boat type called Pettersson-boats after it’s creator, the
legendary Swedish boat designer Carl Gustaf Pettersson
Pettersson designed those very special 7-10 meter long
wooden boats with straight and high sterns in the mid 10′s.
They soon became very popular among ordinary Swedes –
perhaps because they were boats made for shorter trips.
Since Sweden has
many lakes and a long coastline, it’s only natural with a
vivid boat culture – especially with the heritage of the
Vikings. The pleasure boat hobby has been and still is big
in Sweden and so even the interest in boats designed by CGP.
pleasure boats are known for their craftmanship – even
abroad. A lot of exporting of Swedish Pettersson boats have
been done to Norway, but also to Holland and Germany.
I’ve been out, both
in the lake Mälaren and the Baltic Sea, in a Pettersson boat
many times. The thing I remember the most is the necessity
of fronting the waves with the stern, to not roll in the sea
too much (they’re only around 1,20—1,50 m wide).
Be aware of that
most Pettersson boats are more than 40 years old and should
be inspected under the waterline before buying. If the boat
is taken up from the sea too late in the season, the wood
won’t have time to dry before it’s going to freeze and the
wood will burst.
It’s said that the
Pettersson boat had influence on the Swedish birth-rate: the
deckhouse are so narrow that man and wife can’t stay over
night there without the wife getting pregnant…