Other Ohlson Designs:

Einar Ohlson, together with his brother Carl-Erik, was a successful designer of boats. His landmark designs were in the 5.5 M IC class where they both raced in as well as designed and built boats. You will find many references to their 5.5 M on 5.5 M class database. A nice and fast 5.5 M design is Blueprint (GER-33, ex-Pacha SUI 103).

His initial design was a
36-footer, designed in 1957 and built in wood most likely in 1958 for the first time. There was a redraft in 1965 as MK 2, repeatedly available second-hand on the market. These boats were available as sloops and yawls. Around 78 boats have been built entirely from wood.

The 38 footer was designed and came into service in 1968-9, followed by larger versions, a 41-footer and a 44/45-footer. As much as I am aware there three of the
41s, their initial design to date back to 1965. A very nice example is GYRE (US1666), built from wood by Molich in Denmark, now owned by part of the Kennedy family. In her recent restoration her cabin has been shortened compared to the original design. Another nice example is PHOENIX (ex THURSDAY'S CHILD and MENESMSHA), built from steel like the third 41 in Holland and finished in wood in Sweden, most likely by the Martinsson Boatyard at Svineviken/Örust. She is now with a new owner to undergo repairs. She has been sailed extensively in the Pacific and to Europe.

Phoenix,Lysafjord 1981
PHOENIX at anchor
at Lysafjord/Norway in 1981
Photo courtesy of Steve Wolf


The only one of the
44s (correctly a 45) I know of is a Huisman-built aluminum boat from 1970, DIOTIMA, German flag, (called a 45-footer), which had a refit by Walstedt of Danmark between 2006 - 8. She was built to order of the Hennessey family. Her hull shape mirrors the 38. A lot of pictures are available on Google picture under Ohlson-45.

As a modern version of the previous series, Ohlson designed a
35-footer again which came into production in 1970. These boats are available on the second-hand market frequently. They feature a short keel as it came into fashion at the time. Allegedly five of them have been built by the yard at Kungsviken/Örust (and run as Malö-Yachts), but given that they appear on the market once a while I assume the number was bigger than that, most likely by boats built in the UK by Tyler. At least one of the 35s was built by Matthissen and Paulsen in Arnis/Germany.. Again for pictures check google picture under Ohlson 35

And then there is the
Ohlson 8:8, one of his latest designs and their "sisters" or design derivatives plus the Ohlson 29. There should be 250 Ohlson 8:8 and an unknown umber of 29s. These boats have their own separate website.

The smallest of the boats are the
22-footers, more than 440 were built, starting from 1970.