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Marieholm International Folkboat (26)
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Description: Marieholm International Folkboat (26)
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Review Date: Mon February 10, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Review Date: Sat November 29, 2003 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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The Marieholm International Folkboat is a fiberglass variant of the classic Folkboat. It is a full-keel 7/8ths rig with tremendous sail controls and a smooth motion. The obvious lack is interior (and cockpit) space. It is great for week-ending or vacationing, and great for a 1 person open-ocean voyage on a budget.
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Review Date: Wed February 23, 2005 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Awesome boat. I wasn't too sure when we started to restore this boat whether we would like it or not. The cockpit is really very very small and cramped. There is a main sail traveler right in the middle of the cockpit taking up the already little cramped space. The boat is very narrow and the space belong deck is quite narrow too. There isn't very much storage space and again it's really very very cramped. The boat is HEAVY! It's almost 5 thousand pounds. It's really slow in response when you move the rudder. The outboard motor is sitting in a little compartment called a lazerette near the transome and it gets filled with water underway and isn't transom hung. So with so many quirks I wasn't sure that this boat would be one that I would even like and could even loathe. However, sailing her the first time convinced me that all of my previously held convictions would be compensated with the soft cushy ride of this awesome boat. We sail with a 120% genny and a full main. I swear this boat is such a pleasure to sail, it is the best boat I have ever sailed and I just love it. This boat never rounds up. When sailing in heavy winds 30+ knots the boat just leans over more and keeps going straight as though it was on railroad tracks. The tiller never seems to fight me either. I can handle the tiller by my fingertips it's so light. This is even in heavy winds too. When I am moving around the boat in light or heavy winds the boat's so stable it doesn't rock around. We don't have a bimini top or half bimini so the ride does get a little wet sometimes. The motor is a drag to put in and out of the compartment (lazerette) We store the outboard motor below deck when docked and leave it while sailing in the engine compartment. We are using a 5 hp long shaft 4 stroke Honda that is kind of heavy. We have to take off the motor cover so that enough oxygen can get to the motor. It won't even start if you leave the cover on it. I've tried other outboard motors and you have to take the covers off of every one of the motors in order to start them and keep them running. The long narrow shaft that the motor sits in causes a vacuum like suction that starves off the motor if you leave the cover on. With the cover off the motor can get it's oxygen from the surrounding air instead of from the narrow shaft. The 5 hp is plenty to push this boat at hull speed. We thought of hanging the motor on the right or left transome with a motor mount but voted against it when we saw how much the boat will heel. The motor head would be completely submerged under water. Also if you hang the motor on the transom you have to go back to the rear everytime to either start the motor and to shut it off, and you have to lean way over and down to reach it. You might fall off the boat. Using the motor compartment that was originally designed for the outboard is the best way. We are rigging the boat for a spinnaker and will be ready for this spring. This is a stout boat built for coastal cruising. There has been many stories of people using it to singlehand to many parts of the globe.
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Review Date: Wed August 19, 2009 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 10 

 
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Great to haver such a useful and enthusiastic review.
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