The Folksong 26 (sic)

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The main reason I started this blog was to find out about the origins of the Folksong class, and hence my own boat ‘Blue Mistress’. I have learnt a great deal and met some good people from doing so, but after nine months I still only had part of the Folksong story. 

On Saturday, thanks to a small note in Sailing Today, I found a new website, run by Mike Davies. Included in a very long list of class names is “Folksong, Eric Berquist, 1983”. Search over.  Mike replied almost immediately to my email and the transaction was completed within a few minutes. An excellent service. Thank you. 

So I have received a brochure written for the Southampton International Boat Show, Mayflower Park, 17-24 September 1983 (Stand B10).  From this I learn that the Folksong was originally sold as “a thoroughbred cruiser/racer you can afford”. 

“Based on the lines of the Folkboat, the FOLKSONG embodies the three principle virtues of that classic boat – looks, performance and economy.”

The builder was Eric Bergqvist, Boatbuilder, The Square, Lymm, Cheshire. 

“Specifications: LOA: 25ft 2in;  LWL: 19.8ft;  Beam: 7ft 3in;  Draft: 3ft 9in;  Ballast: 2500lbs; Hull: GRP, 7oz from deck to waterline, 11oz below; Deck: glass fibre sandwich construction with built-in non-slip surface; Cockpit: self-draining;  Sail area: 280 sq ft;  Engine: provision for an outboard well or an inboard engine.” 

“The Folksong is based on the lines of the Folkboat which was designed in 1941 for a Swedish Yachting Press competition. Over 2000 Folkboats have been built embodying the traditional virtues of a long keel, conventional outboard rudder and seven eighths rig with a sailing performance to match. Although the Folkboat design was intended for wooden construction, clinker and carvel, three fibreglass versions have since been moulded. The Folksong is the only one designed specifically for home completion.

In order to retain both the classic lines and the excellent performance of the craft no attempt has been made to cater for standing headroom. If necessary though, this could be achieved with the use of a spray dodger. The accommodation is not spacious but the layout is flexible. With thoughtful planning and use of timber and fabrics you can create an interior which is warm and comfortable as well as practical.

Twenty five feet is the minimum length of yacht generally considered capable of continental cruising without bravery or heroics. The Folksong is an uncomplicated yacht – economical but with no compromise on safety.” 

There’s more. If you own a Folksong and would like to discuss it, please contact me. Alternatively, I recommend Mike Davies’ website.

16 thoughts on “The Folksong 26 (sic)

  1. Hello Bill
    I have a Folksong Storm Petrel. I am trying to find a rigging plan. The mast is of a home construction and incorporates running back stays which are a pain. The surveyors report suggests that a conventional back stay be fitted and that jumper stays are also installed. I have spoken to a rigger and discussed the mast and the report, and he recommends fitting a new mast. The mast at the moment has straight spreaders. And i don’t know if the positioning of the shroud plates are original for the design of the boat. I would welcome any information that you could forward to me.
    yours sincerely martin

  2. Hi Bill

    I jusyt bought a Folk Song, haven’t sailed for a few decades, so was wondering if you have any extra info you referred to, maybe including internal layout and equipment?
    Many thanks


  3. I home completed a Folksong in 1984 and still have both the boat, Bergqvist’s advertising material (including price lists), Sail plan, internal layout drawings and even the Bowman boats spar assembly instructions.

    There could of course be some reproduction costs if copies wanted, but I would be happy to photograph & email image files


  4. Hello, i have recently dragged an IF out a local farm and am in the process of trying to restore her. She has been high and dry for the last ten years. I am seeking info on plans for the standard and running rigging. Any assistance and feedback is welcomed.

    Cheers, Dale.

  5. Mike,
    Hve just bought a FolkSong 25 and would like a copy of your material, would be happy to pay repro costs!



  6. hi John,

    not all that switched on to looking at this web site

    do you still need plans etc

    if so please contact

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  9. The Folksong Storm Petrel referred to above belonged to me for about 8 years and I changed the rig in New Zealand from a fractional to a mast-head, but 5ft.down from the mast-head,hence the running backstays.The rig was far more stable after that and I completed the circumnavigation via South Africa with no problems.

    It was a superb sea boat despite a sloppy fibre glass layup,One side of the hull was several inches lower than the other and twice I filled holes in the keel where the steel shot ballast was falling out !

  10. Hi Bill.Three monts ago I became proud Folksong26 ouner and prepare her for round world,which means…repairs,adjusts…reinforsings.I am looking for grawings on Hasler SP windvane,which I habe seen on many Folkboats and think is the best for my boat.If you can send me drawings to make for my boat it will be gteat.Or if you send contakts on others who have drawings.I coul buy used vane if it in good order and cheap,but prefer to make it. All the best. Jordan.

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  13. Hi
    Folksong lovers
    I have a ‘project’ boat looking for someone to give tlc and get her back in the water. My husband and I had great years sailing in her on the west and east coast of scotland. Hubby took her out to re-fit..and shes been in the garden since! …Excellent hull and superstructure, mast, boom and sails. Internal bulkead fitted..and the rest is a blank canvas …If anyone interested please e-mail on
    thanks Heather

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