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- Build Year: 2000
- Located in Westbrook, CT
Hull Material: Wood
Speed: 6 knots
Speed: 10-15 knots under sail
I'll bet you think you've seen it all for yacht listings.
like to see if we can open your eyes up to some 'alternative'
possibilities as well!
Here we have a 'yacht' requiring a very special customer.....
It is an
absolutely authentic Viking Longship of the Gokstad type! This is the
type of ship in which the Vikings made all their famous voyages of
pillage and exploration.
This particular example was built in cooperation with several
Scandinavian museum groups of oak and larch in Iceland for the
millenium celebrations and sailed first to Erik the Red's settlement
in Greenland, then on to Nova Scotia, Boston, New London, and then New
York, delighting thousands of people at every port of call.
Please be advised, there are no sops to 'modern times' here.
'Islendinger' is not a toy,
nor is anything simulated; it is as real
as it gets. Well-equipped for oar or sail, 'Islendinger' (Icelander)
is ready for that re-enactment, cinematic, Scandinavian, or museum
group that is TRULY looking for the real thing!
Delightfully comfortable (if you happen to be a Viking!),
with rowing benches that can be pushed together for variable
sleeping arrangements. Covered accommodations may be found
within a collapsible deckhouse for long-distance voyaging.
Berthing for up to 70 Vikings and their guests (willing or
not!), but easily managed by much fewer as a result of the
auxiliary engines. Helm aft to starboard of
fire pit beneath central canopy tent, or propane camp-stoves for
cabin usage (depends how authentic you wish to get!).
Basic communications (VHF and SSB), boxed binnacle &
compass at helm station, EPIRB.
Doesn't really have a deck, as this is really a 75' open boat.
Hull planking in larch, frames/keel/stemposts in oak,
historically accurate clench-built clinker construction.
Decorative and removable dragon figurehead wards off
sea-monsters (please unship when approaching friendly lands).
Rigging in hemp, well-served and tarred, sails in canvas, spars
in spruce, blocks in oak, oars in fir. Decorative (and
functional!) shields for gunwales, or as needed (check with your
embassy for preferred/hostile cruising areas). Folding
propellers for auxilliary engines
Delivery can be arranged, as Capt Eggertsson is ready for
another voyage soon, and if not sold quickly, will be voyaging
to Europe before the Autumn equinoctal gales. Islendingur
doesn't actually need 70 Vikings, as Captain Eggertsson managed
to make it to the New World with only 9, but it helps!
Truthfully and all kidding aside, there is no finer reproduction
longship available anywhere. If you or your organization are
looking for authenticity, you need go no further than
HUGO HEIN & PARTNERS - WWW.HUGOHEIN.eu