Li classic aluminium boat

Many have asked curious questions about our old Li 31 ft classic aluminium boat and her designer, so here comes few answers!

In the picture below Li’s side profile and sailplan, combined with the photograph where you can see her beautiful underwater hull shape. Original drawing by Olle Enderlein – one of the greatest Nordic yacht designers from Sweden.

His works aren’t so familiar any more to most sailors. He had a great role in building the beginning of Hallberg Rassy’s success. Beginning with Rasmus 35 and Monsun 31 and later the boats like HR 38 and HR 352, which introduced some features that still can be found on Hallberg Rassy yachts.

Li’s round bilge aluminium hull was built in 1967 in Fårösund, Gotland, Sweden. Using aluminium for cruising boat was rare at the time. Aluminium was a material for racing machines like Eric Tabarly’s Pen Duick III which was built in the same year as Li!

I was looking at this design drawing for information about the designed sailplan when planning to replace Li’s original foresails from 1967 which we still have used!

Aluminium yacht Li designed by Olle Enderlein

Welding with a joy

It’s time to take Li out of the water and winterize. Before that I had to fix my oblivion with her docking rack. When the boat was hoisted first time I just welded supports only with tiny seams when the crane was holding the boat. They had been that way since then. Now it was time to weld them correctly before any accident happens. That was a good example of risk when doing things temporarily!

Welding with Kemppi Minarc 180 Evo

Welding boat's winter rack

Ode to aluminium as a boat building material

When we bought Li she had been badly neglected and had been on hard eight years. You can see in the pictures below the terrible mess inside of the hull when I first time took of the floor boards in 2011! After cleaning the hull looked fine. Only the areas where coins, pieces of electric wire, rust from old tools and other harmful trashes had been sitting for decades showed some surface corrosion. So the coin corroding trough aluminium hull is a myth.

Getting Li ready for the water

Spring and early summer have been full of work. We had lots of dive inspections of waterway bridges and after that I have been editing videos, images and scanner material for reports. The office work, which I don’t really enjoy. And in the middle of all that working also with the design project.

High hopes of sailing in August! Yesterday I painted the antifouling. The neighbor had a party and they played loud the Janis Joplin’s hit song released in 1968. Maybe the song has been listened also in first sailing season of the Li!

Aluminium yacht Li

Features of original aluminium yacht Li

Aluminium yacht at natural harbor in Baltic Sea