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"Mary Lou" (1964 - ?) - Laurin Koster 32

LOA..: 9,81 m (32 Ft.)
LWL  : 8,60 m
Beam: 2,88 m
Draft.: 1,50 m
Sail Area: 47,85 m2

Design: Arvid Laurin, Sweden
Build: 1964 at Malmö Flyg Industi, Malmö (SE)
The interior was made by
Brandt-Møller, Fredrikssund (DK)

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The purchase: Our good friends and neighbors in the harbor - the family Blad - had "grown out" of their Bouble-ender and looking for a larger boat. This was in 1963, the very early days glass fiber for Yachts.

My father had just seen the advert for the Laurin 32 - a Swedish double-ender - and invited Torben Blad to a meeting with Klaus Baess, who was the Danish Agent.
The meeting had an extraordinary ending.... When Torben announced, that he would not buy a Laurin 32, my father turned to Klaus Baess and proclaimed: "If you can sell my "Mary Jane" at a fair price, I'll buy one!
Klaus Baess was a specialist in selling Danish Double-enders to USA and "Mary Jane" was sold in a short time and at a "fair price".

A 32 Ft boat was a really BIG boat in those days and I remember my father's remark when we say our first Laurin 32 at the production site in Malmö. The boat was upside down and looked VERY big. He asked me: "Do you think we can handle her?". I replied that I was sure of that...
We took over the boat in Frederikssund on 14 July 1964 and started directly on our summer cruise. After the first day we never thought about how much bigger she was compared to "Mary Jane"

The name: After having signed the contract for the new boat, I asked my father, which name he had planned to give her... His reply came promptly: "Daffodil"....
Evenly promptly I replied: "Are you kidding me"!? "With all you previous boats being called something with Mary, you can not call this "Daffodil"...
When he asked for my best go on a name, I replied "Mary Lou", taken from the Richky Nelson hit from 1961, called "Hello Mary Lou" and this became the name...

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"Mary Jane" (1953 - 63) - Georg Berg - 38 m2 Double-Ender

LOA..: 7,50 m (23,9 Ft.)
Beam: 2,65 m
Draft.: 1,50 m
Sail Area: 38 m2

 

Design: Georg Berg,Denmark
Build: 1936 at Pedersen in Nyborg.

To the right: Mr. Pedersen beside "Nordvest"

Sister boats: "Ohøj - Julle - Neptun - Aida & Walter"

No

Year

Owner

Homeport

Boat Name

Engine

1

1936

Manufakturhandler ?

Lemvig

Nordvest

TBD

2

?

?

?

Nordvest ?

Solo

3

1953

Mogens Brems

Skovshoved

Mary Jane

Stuart (8 HP)

4

1963

Erik Aalborg

Rungsted

Mary Jane

Stuart (8 HP)

5

1968

?

Nysted

TBD

 

6

1970

Ferdinand Lundsgaard

Svendborg

Kuling III

Volvo Penta MD2B

7

1978

Jens Aage Jensen

Svendborg

Nordvest

Volvo Penta MD2B

8

1985

Doctor ?

Kerteminde

Nordvest ?

Volvo Penta MD2B

9

1988 ?

"German"

Wilhelmshaven?

Nordvest ?

Volvo Penta MD2B

The above and the 2 photos on the left are assumed to be taken in connection with the first sail from Nyborg to Lemvig.

In 1953, my father bought "Nordvest" and renamed her "Mary Jane" after - yet another - American girl staying with us.

In all the years of ownership, the summer cruises went to Kolding to visit my grand parents.We sailed there going North of Sjælland to Langør, where we always stayed for a longer period and then North of Fuen to Kolding. The trip home went via the southern route South of both Fuen and Sjælland. 

Above: From about 1955 where "Mary Jane" was launched pretty late, due to replacement of the canvas on the deck.
"First Officer" - Jorgen - is on his knees removing all the old nails using a tool specially made by the skipper for this purpose...

Right: Most likely from 1955 too as it shows a delayed preparation for the summer cruise, indicated by an almost empty harbour.

The below pictures are from the period from 1978-85 during the ownership of Karin and Jens Aage Jensen, Svendborg.

Above: From 1983 on her return from a summer cruise to Norway

Right: Vinter storage on "Færgevej", Svendborg

"Mary Ann" (19?? - 52) - Georg Berg - 9 m2 Double-Ender ("Ole" Boat)

LOA..: 4,05 m (12,9 Ft.)
Beam: 1,45 m
Draft.: 0,6 m
Sail Area: 9 m2 (Mainsail only)

Design: Georg Berg, Denmark
Build: Unknown

This was my father's first sailingboat, which he bought around 1947 and renamed her to "Mary Ann" after an American girl living with us at that time .

It was on "Mary Ann" I did my first "Sea voyage" in the age of 3 month.

I do not remember a lot of this boat, but know that it was sold to a woman in Fredrikssund.