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IF Folkboat help!!
The resources available to you are bountiful. In addition to U.S., Canadian and UK folkboat associations, there are multiple Scandinavian associations at your fingertips, all at http://www.folkboat.com It may not put you smack dab in front of the builder you seek, but there''s more than enough there to get you started.
Don''t overlook the following:
1. Your boat of interest belongs to a very narrow (but over in the Baltic, very very deep) niche. ''Researching'' may mean in your case picking up the phone and talking, digging for referrals, phoning and talking some more.
2. These boats seem to change hands informally moreso than via commercial brokers, and I suspect that''s true when trying to learn about builders as well as available boats. You may well need to connect with multiple informal networks before you even know who''s "thinking" of selling their boat or who''s taking orders.
3. While the bulk of the Folkboat fleet are going to be in N Europe, there are few nations there that haven''t educated two generations of their populations in English by now. If it''s a Dane, Swede, Norwegian or Finnish sailor (I was surprised to find this is less true of German sailors), they''ll most likely be able to talk at length about their boats, their friends boats, boats for sale ad nauseum in English.
When we were at the British Kiel YC on the S boundary of the Baltic last June, we were told to enjoy the arrival of some ''classic wooden boats'', one of the many events the BKYC hosts each year. We went to town to do some grocery shopping, then went for a walk, and came back to find there''d been an invasion! The YC has perhaps 30 slips, almost all of which were full...but we found 200 wooden boats berthed when we returned, and more arriving by the minute. And there were some very, very pretty Folksboats in that crowd.
Good luck on the digging...