is hull number 318 of the HavsFidra I, an extremely rugged double ended pocket cruiser built in 1971 by Fisksatra boat builders of Sweden. Built to Swedish Royal Navy standards, exceeding Lloyd’s requirements, the Havsfidra, with hull and rig over dimensioned, has made notable journeys across the Atlantic.
A testimony to her seaworthiness is that in the 1966 exceptionally hard ocean racing Skaw Race, when 100 of the 157 starting boats did not finish, a Havsfidra placed second in Class V and best Swedish boat.
In 1968, another sistership placed number 13 and second with handicap rules in the Single Handed Transatlantic Race, crossing the Atlantic in 40 days,14 hours, about the same time as Chichester with a much larger boat in 1960.
A rather complete history with lots of pictures and videos can be found on a website built and maintained by another current owner. This picture is from the boat’s original brochure. Click on it to check out the wealth of material on the other site.
Where I came in
In 1984 I began to look for a slightly larger boat to replace my 17 foot day sailor. I had been thinking of something on a trailer like a Catalina 22 perhaps. Scanning the bulletin board at a local yacht club I saw a poster for Lilliput and was intrigued enough to ask for a test sail. That was it! I’d never seen a boat like her and as I was to learn, with good reason. Most of the fleet is scattered around world, with a concentration on the Baltic Sea. She has been an important part of my life ever since.
Her original owner had loved her as well, cared for her meticulously and at 85 hated to part with her. He gave me lots of advice, spare parts, some tools, all the original documentation, sail plans and stories of how he and his late wife had sailed her.
Most sailors never use their boats as much as they think they should and that’s been true for me as well but I’ve daysailed with friends, taken my grandsons fishing and visiting local islands, circled Cape Ann and overnighted several times. Several times I cruised to Martha’s Vineyard and Newport RI with a late friend on his 38′ boat. My goals were to sail on Lilliput to Provincetown, the Isles of Shoals and the lovely anchorages of Buzzards Bay and Nantucket Sound.
So why does she need a new home?
My dreams of sailing on her beyond Massachusetts Bay are unlikely to happen. At 72 this Fall I’m not as strong and agile as I was at 50 and I should not be sailing alone. Other people’s boats – fine – but not alone. Lilli’s engine, her original, is tired as well and needs much TLC or replacement. I don’t have the skills to do the former or the cash for the latter so, reluctantly, I’m looking for her next home.