George B Walton markets a Folkboat design

Folkboat Designer

Min./max. draft: Bridge clearance: Power: B/D ratio:

25' 3" 25' 9" 19' 10" 3' 10" 31' 6"

inboard 6 to 9 hp 41%

Designer: Builder:

Years produced: Sail area: Fuel tankage: varies

Water tankage: varies

Approx. trailering wgt.: 7,000 lbs.

None specified

George B. Walton (marketer)

1962?-1964?

Here is another Scandinavian Folkboat (heavy displacement, long keel with highly raked attached outboard rudder, narrow hull, low freeboard, springy sheer) similar to the Contessa 26 (25) on page 337 but slightly smaller in size and weight. The boat was marketed by George B. Walton, Inc. of Annapolis, MD, in the early 1960s, but almost nothing remains in the literature about the boat. Even the scantily informative sales brochure is missing key data; we had to guess at ballast and displacement, based mainly on scaling down from the Contessa. The engine in the drawing looks small; we assume it was similar to the Contessa's, maybe a 7 hp Vire, 6.6 hp Petter, 7 hp Faryman, or even a 9 hp Yanmar. We wish we had more information on this boat. Best features: Like other Folkboat designs, she is probably a good sea boat, has good tracking ability, and good pointing ability, and looks pretty. Her doghouse cabin gives good headroom for a 25-footer. Worst features: Low coach roof and narrow beam give the cabin a closed-in feeling. Low freeboard relative to comps may give a wet ride in rough conditions.

Comps

LOD

Beam

MinDr

Displ

Bllst

Walton 25

25' 3"

7' 3"

3' 10"

4,900

2,000

Talman Katama 25

24' 8"

8' 0"

2' 6"

5,000

1,900

Irwin 25

25' 3"

8' 0"

2' 8"

5,000

2,200

Yankee 26 (25)

24' 6"

8' 8"

4' 6"

5,335

2,150

Avg.

Max.

Motion

Space

No. of

Head

SA/D

D/L

PHRF

Speed

Index

Index

Berths

room

16.0

281

NA

6.0

24.9

392

4

5' 7"

15.4

259

NA

6.1

22.1

363

4

4' 6"

16.5

259

228

6.1

21.9

470

4 to 6

5' 9"

15.4

270

234

6.1

20.7

534

4

6' 2"

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