The history of runabout-boat After Sail, which arrived at the Ruissalo wharf in the spring of 2018, is not very typical. Looking at this thoroughbred Runabout, it is hard to believe that it was originally a classic cabin cruiser built in 1927 to the drawings of the respected Swedish designer C. G. Pettersson.
After Sail’s history is divided into two phases, the first of which ended when the boat was left to the ravages of nature in a factory backyard in Linköping, Sweden. It was found in the same place years later, abandoned and covered with snow. The condition of the boat turned out to be so weak that plans for its repair were put on the back burner until Kristofer Svensson, who lives in Kalmar, got hold of the boat.
When Kristofer Svensson bought the boat, the cabin had been stripped and renovation had started, but the project was badly delayed. Svensson developed a vision that would transform the old hull into the style of a 1930s American-style runabout. He started collecting fittings and other accessories through Ebay. The boat was fitted with two cockpits slotted into long, rakish decks fore and aft.
From the beginning it was self-evident that the boat should have a large engine, boasting two exhaust pipes through the transom. As the project progressed, Svensson, who has also refurbished cars, began to realize his vision for the first true Swedish “Wet Rod” in the style of the automobile, a customized entity from an old frame, sporting a completely new performance and appearance.
What’s left of the old boat is only a 1920s frame that got a new deck from ribbed mahogany. Under the engine covers, a 220 horsepower Chris Craft V8 engine was installed. The steering column and the steering wheel are from a T-model Ford and the windshield with its supports is from a 1946 Chris Craft Rocket. The name of the boat revived an old promise – as an experienced sailor, Svensson had decided that if he ever stopped sailing, he would give his next boat the name After Sail.
At the Ruissalo wharf, After Sail will be put to work for the very purpose it was built – taking speed lovers for a spin and catching the eyes of visitors at the dock. The boat is also perfect for transporting bridal couples or honorary guests.
Length: 7.20 m
Beam: 1.90 m
Year of construction: 1927
Designer: C. G. Pettersson
Engine: Chris Craft V8, 220 hp
Speed: approx. 30 knots