ABOUT THIS SITE
Square Meter sailboats are the pride of Swedish sailors, the originators of the design Rule, now more than 100 years old. Application of the Rule includes 15, 22, 30, and 40 square meter boats, as well as other versions up to 125 Square Meters.
This site involves mostly 22 and 30 square meter boats because the 22 and 30 squares are the predominate ones in North America, mostly in the United States. They include German and American versions but the most sought after are those which were Swedish designed and built. Ownership of square meters by Americans hit its peak in the late 1930s, it being the estimate of this website that 28 Swedish boats were exported to the United States during this period. After World War II, organized racing of thirty square meters at Northeast Harbor, Maine and Marblehead, Massachusetts, disappeared, the boats from those fleets sold off to many East Coast locations and to the Great Lakes region. The 22s have a similar story to tell, but it is one which by and large occurred in the southern most waters of the Great Lakes.
These boats are the emphasis of this Website because it is their stories which inform and entertain. This is because of their being “open design” boats, meaning each has unique construction, features, and identity. It has been my pleasure to personally meet many of these boats, and the people who have sailed them, over the course of many years.
The purpose of this Website, then, is:
- To provide a discussion forum which acknowledges the information of any viewer concerning their own Square Meter knowledge and experience;
- To provide a repository for any information which even suggest “Square Meter” (even if it is from around the world),
- To maintain records and/or techniques of any North American Square Meters which have been restored, or which need to be restored; and
- To provide a market place to sell or purchase North American Square Meters, free of charge.
Lastly, it is the hope of this Website that viewers will by themselves create an energy borne of their enthusiasm for these magnificent boats. George Fisher, 2014