VIXEN is a 15 square meter “skerry” boat designed by Knud Reimers and built in 1937 by Oscar Schelin at Kungsors Boat Yard in Central Sweden. Just prior to World War II she was imported to the United Kingdom where she joined a small but active fleet of “meter boats”. Not much of VIXEN’s post World War II history is known but in the summer of 2010 she was sailed in the Uffa Fox Challenge Race 1000 miles from England to Sweden and after the race was left in Sweden and put up for sale.
VIXEN was purchased sight unseen by a client who had already had a very successful restoration experience with Brooklin Boat Yard that being the total restoration of KATRINKA. While not always advisable to purchase a boat without even seeing it the client figured VIXEN had to be in at least OK shape (she’s just sailed the North and Baltic Seas) so VIXEN was packed into a shipping container and arrived here at Brooklin Boat Yard in late July of 2011. While she was in good enough shape to sail that year’s Eggemoggin Reach Regatta it was clear that quite a bit of restoration work was needed.
Once VIXEN’s restoration was competed approximately 75% of her frames and floors and 50% of her hull planking had been replaced along with a new deck, cockpit, cabin house and all new deck hardware.
VIXEN now lives here in Brooklin but she travels quite a bit (by land) to compete in as many of the classic yacht regattas as she can.
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