The Grimstadjolle (or GJ-Class) sloops were designed by Samuel O. Berge in 1943 as a Junior Class racing yacht. Built to class specifications by various Norwegian boat manufacturing concerns the class grew to about 200 boats in the mid to late 1950’s.
Interest in the class waned in the 1960’s and 1970’s with many of the boats falling out of use and into disrepair. In more recent years a resurgence of interest in classic yacht design, construction and racing has brought the GJ sloops out of retirement with many boats being restored and actively raced. Along with restorations this new interest in the class has resulted in new boats being built and adding to the fleets. SUMMER WIND / GJ-219 / USA-1 is one of this new era of GJ-Class Sloops.
Built be the Norwegian Wooden Boat Company in 2001 this fine example of the GJ-Class Sloops has been very lightly used as a show boat and for test sails in Wooden Boat Shows around the USA. SUMMER WIND / GJ-219 / USA-1 is being offered for sale at a small fraction of her cost to build new and given that her condition is next to new this represents a tremendous value for any potential classic yacht owner.
This is a new listing for Brooklin Boat Yard. Additional and more complete information with follow shortly. Currently stored at her owner’s home, GJ-219 / USA-1 will be coming to Brooklin Boat Yard in late spring (2018) to be available for inspection by interested buyers
Designer: Samuel O. Berge
Builder: Norwegian Wooden Boat Company
Year Built: 2001
Construction Material: Wood
LOA: 18’ 6”
Beam: 4’ 11”
Draft: 2’ 10 ½”
Displacement: 1,070 lbs.
Ballast: 375 lbs. Steel
Sail Area: 107.6 sq. ft.
Full keel with cut-away forefoot and keel hung rudder
Oak stem, backbone, deadwood and transom
Stem-bent oak frames / ribs
Varnished Larch planking
Copper rivet fastened
Oak sheer clamp
Varnished Teak and Mahogany deck
External steel ballast (375 lbs.)
Keel hung rudder
Polished stainless steel docking cleats at bow and stern
Stainless steel chain plates
Harken track jib sheet leads
Harken turning blocks and cam cleats
Single spreader, fractional rig sloop configuration
Varnished Spruce mast, boom and spinnaker pole
Stainless steel wire standing rigging with nico-pressed eyes at terminal ends.
Polished stainless steel shroud turnbuckle adjusters
Main, jib and spinnaker halyards
Spinnaker pole topping lift and foreguy
Boom vang with Harken blocks and cam cleat
All sails by Doyle Sailmakers
Sails built 2003 with light usage
2001 Karavan Trailers, Inc., single-axle trailer