135 leisure boats throughout the country k-marked

By on June 22, 2017

Older leisure boats provide a floating cultural heritage that is seen along the coast and beaches throughout the country during the summer. The Maritime Museum, which is part of the State Maritime Museum, has now k-marked an additional 11 boats. Among the culture-historically valuable boats there is a 101-year-old Vift on Ekerö. And with home ports in Dalarna, Christina is from 1920 and Siv, built in Tellberg in 1931. Since 2009, 135 boats have become k-marked.

During the 1930s, the number of leisure boats in Sweden increased rapidly. Today it is one of the world’s most boat tightest countries. Boat life has become part of modern history and the older leisure boats an important part of the cultural heritage. A cultural heritage that provides exciting perspectives on both social and technological development.

– The great mix of boat types is clear this time. On the one hand, there are exclusive saloon motor boats from the 1910s and 20s, while the långedragsjullen from the early 1960s tells about a much wider sailing interest, says Fredrik Blomqvist, curator at the Maritime History Museum.

To the k-marked sailboats belongs the elegant seascape cruiser Ballerina drawn by Olle Enderlein. Here is also the sailing boat Wonitopa, which has good race sealing skills and which has been Vättern faithful for fifty years.

– The purpose of the k-mark is to give attention and appreciation to the people who spend both time and money on caring and using older leisure boats, says Fredrik Blomqvist.

The Maritime Museum has extensive collections of original boats, drawings, photographs and other items linked to the boat life history. But a large part of the cultural heritage is privately owned. It is cared for and kept floating by ideal forces.
In order to raise awareness of the conservation of older boats Sjöhistoriska, which is part of the Swedish Maritime Museum, introduced k-marking 2009. It is a cultural history based on a mutual volunteer from the museum and the owner.

In the same way as k-marked ships under certain conditions have reduced harbor charges is the hope that k-marked leisure boats can be given benefits from, for example, boat clubs, yards, harbors, canals, and thereby contribute both to visualizing an important and beautiful cultural heritage and to facilitate use and conservation.

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