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Karenina: PARNHAM FOLKBOAT No. Forty-Five


….. SOLD – SEPTEMBER 2016 ….

A 1960 FOLKBOAT No. Forty-Five, designed by Tord Sunden and built by J G Parnham & Sons, Emsworth, Hampshire


Boat Details

Overall Length: 25ft 6ins
Waterline: 19ft
Beam: 7ft 6ins
Draught: 3ft 11ins
Displacement: 5 Tons TM
Engine: 10hp Yanmar 1GM Diesel
Berths: 2/3
Sail: 240 sq ft Sloop Rig
Designer: Tord Sunden
Builder: Parnham of Emsworth
Year Built: 1960
Location: Cornwall


The legendary Folkboat needs little introduction as one of the most successful small yacht designs of all time, with a good cruising and racing record and a number of Atlantic crossings.

Within the U.K. the activities of this One-Design class are organised by the Folkboat Association of Great Britain. Established in April 1961 the Association was formed to ‘foster a fellowship amongst all those who sail in Folkboats’ and over the past 50 years it has continued to promote both the racing and cruising aims of Folkboat owners. The largest fleet in the UK is based at Lymington although the class has always had strong connections with the Isle of Wight. The largest annual regatta, Folkboat Week, is held each August under the burgee of the Royal Solent Yacht Club and combines a good racing schedule with varied social programme. An increasing number of Folkboats are now based in Yarmouth harbour and these extra boats have persuaded the Royal Solent to give the class their own start in the new sailing programme.

Karenina, Folkboat number Forty-Five was built for Peter Westerberg of Little House, Itchenor in 1960 by J G Parnham of Emsworth. He kept her until December 1978 when she was sold to David Noyce of Fairmile, Littlehampton. In 1985 she changed hands again to Alan White of Seagulls, Freshwater Lane, St Mawes.

Peter Masters of Carfury Chapel, Penzance bought Karenina in August 1995 followed by G Dover of Penryn in September 1999. In 2004 Paul Matthews of Daventry purchased the vessel followed by Peter Leah of Ford’s Row, Redruth in November 2006. Matt Pullen became the next owner before Karenina was purchased by the present owners in July 2013.

Traditional construction having Honduras Mahogany carvel hull planking copper fastened to rock elm timbers. Sheathed marine-ply decks and varnished Honduras Mahogany coachrook coamings, cockpit and rails.

BERMUDIAN SLOOP RIG sets 240 sq. ft.
Deck stepped alloy, 30ft mast, alloy 11ft 6ins boom. stainless steel standing rigging, new in 2011.
Four Terylene sails, roller boom reefing.

Last serviced February 2015. Four gallon fuel tank. Two bladed propeller. Two 12 volt batteries (2012)


Attractively finished in white enamel and varnish with mahogany joinery with oiled mahogany sole.
Saloon with port & starboard settee berths, starboard quarter berth.
Foc’s’le with sail and warps storage and heads.
Galley: Single burner stove, sink unit, lockers and drawer. Six gallon freshwater tank with manual sink pump.


Autohelm, Silva Compass, Nasa Target Sounder, Nasa Target Log, Hand Bearing Compass.
25lb & 20lb Plough Anchors, Cockpit cover (replaced March 2013) Beaching Legs, Fenders & Warps, Three Bilge Pumps, Offshore Flare Pack, Lifejackets.


An exceptionally well presented and maintained Folkboat possible the best example available in the UK. Subject to a careful and dedicated maintanance programme by an experienced and knowledgeble owner.
Offered in full sailing commission with a good 2007 survey report with all recommendations professionally carried out. Keel bolts renewed in May 2007.
A fantastic, uncomplicated classic yacht. Easily maintained and offering proven sailing performance, lots of fun.

Main Photographs August 2015 and September 2015 beached

LYING: Cornwall