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'75 Marie HolmesYachts (folkboat) advice.

Hey I was wondering if anyone knows anything about this boat. I am looking at buying this boat for around 20000, from everything i have researched it seems like a great boat, and like a boat that i want (it will be my first boat and I plan to live on it for two years while going to school, and eventually take it FAR distances or around the world). It seems to be small enough to operate with 1 or 2 people, big enough to live and cruise on. I know I should have it surveyed, but if there is any advice someone could give me based on this info, I would be very grateful!

Year 1975

Length 32'4'

Beam 9'10'

Draft 5'2'

Price 20000

Description: • All new standing and running rigging. • Extensive work done on Md2B diesel engine. • Autopilot • New color Raymarine chart plotter • New Garhaver blocks, boomvang, backstay and mainsheet. • Six head sails, two mains and a Spinnaker. The Marieholm 32 “Folkboat” represents good value for a boat capable of carrying two people around the world. Tord Sunden designs are sailing legends, the nautical equivalent of the German Volkswagon. Much admired for their heavy-weather performance, fabled sea keeping qualities and classic good looks. Interior has teak everywhere, vinyl headliner and padded vinyl on the hull (Which acts as insulation). For a full-keel boat, she is surprisingly fast and close-winded. Once you have sailed one of these boats, it becomes the measure of all other boats you may sail. The long-keel gives the boat good directional stability, and this, together with her zesty performance and her easy motion, makes her a sensible choice for a single-handed voyager or couple.
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The builder was "MARIEHOLM", not Marie Holmes, I believe based somewhere in Scandinavia. They are better known in NA for their 26' folkboats. I have not seen/heard of a 32 foot version. If it carries on the Folkboat tradition you're looking at a sleek, deep but small full keel boat (for its size) and I wonder about it's suitablilty as a liveaboard. However at 32 feet perhaps it'll be OK.

Probably a good passagemaker, though, from what I understand they were a reputable builder.

The standard cautions apply... investigate with eyes open, and have her surveyed properly before deciding.


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You can find more information here: A Marieholm Page

There's also a link there to the Dutch builder that now owns the brand, but they were originally Swedish.
They're a bit cramped, but strong boats.

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