Esmeralda af Piteå’s story begins at Randesund shipbuilding yard in Norway. Rolf Olsson writes this about the shipbuilding yard on his site:
“At Sörlandet, just East of Kristiansand and beautiful placed in a bay with crystal-clear water one can find the remains of what used to be the Randesund shipyard.
Here the owner of the yard, Terje Kjaergaard, built wooden Colin Archer-inspired boats after old sketches between 1974 and 1979. After this Tjerje moved over to fiberglass since building wooden boats had turned too expensive.
Instead of simply building all boats himself, Terje, implemented a do-it-yourself concept letting customers build their own hulls in fiberglass armed plastic in 35 and 40 feet based on Colin Archer’s famous rescue boat Svolvaer as the inspiration. Customers whishing to build their own hull could stay in cottages on the yard and got various levels of assistance from Terje and his co-workers depending on need.”
(Also check out Rolf’s site for a list of known ships and hulls built at the shipyard.)
Esmeralda af Piteå – Early history
In 1990 a father and son from Gothenburg, Sweden, started building what is now the hull of Esmeralda af Pitea at the Randesund shipyard. For unknown reasons they never finished the whole project and later on the hull ended up in Valdemarksvik and in the ownership of Christer Andreasson, who had previously build a 40 feet. Christer started the fitting but later the interest faded and the beauty-to-be ended up in the boatshed for a few years. In 2005 he put it up for sale, and as they say, the rest is history.
Project overview (top-line)
2006 Thruster, Filling/Shaping, Varnishing
2007 Steering pedestal, Bowsprit
2008 Bulwarks, Cockpit, Hydraulic steering,
2009 Chainplate, Interior, Saloon table
2010 Interior (forepeak), Rig
2011 Launching, Septic tank, Bathroom, Rig
2012 Interior (saloon), Fridgebox, Watertanks
Length Overall: 35 foot / 10.6m
Displacement: 11 tonnes
Engine: Perkins 4.108 50hp
Rig: Seldén Furling mast F286 17.2m
Forestay 1: FLX 200S
Forestay 2: FLX 300S
Main sail: 40 m2