‘La Bohème’ is possibly Sweden’s best-kept maritime secret, and one of the last great Baltic trading schooners in continuous operation for more than 100 years. A secret, because beyond the western fjords of Sweden, she is unknown – having never appeared at the classic Baltic regattas. So, she is a real discovery.
Launched in 1913, as Tärnan, she has sailed through two world wars, countless storms and miles of sea ice to deliver a range of cargoes from Swedish pink granite used in the Empire State Building, to Polish coal to make ball bearings for the German military and Norwegian saltpeter used to produce dynamite.
A 34m Swedish topmast gaff schooner, ‘La Bohème’ has a feminine charm, a swan-like grace and a quick response to a breeze. Her former owner of almost 50 years used her for private weekend voyages with family and friends, exploring Sweden’s myriad fjords, vast inland lakes and the nearby Kattegat.
‘La Bohème’ benefits from being meticulously maintained over the last 20 years by two owners who have spent around 630,000 euros on very extensive works to help ensure she sails through another 100 years. In 2013 she underwent a full re-caulking of the hull by German shipwrights and in 2014 was completely refastened as well annual antifouling, painting, oiling of brightwork and some deck planks renewed.
She is currently able to accommodate 16 in four cabins and the saloon in typical Scandinavian style bunks. She has ample space below for 50 people for cocktails, and deck space for 100 people for functions. She is suitable for upgrading to MCA Code 2, with minimal works needed for day charter, sail training and a range evening functions, moored or under weigh.
In addition to solid timbers throughout, ‘La Bohème’ carries a full wardrobe of Dacron sails (2009), plus handmade traditional standing and running rig, all in excellent condition. Her Volvo Penta MD100B engine (2005) and variable pitch drivechain are in good condition and deliver consumption of 10 litres per hour at 6-7 knots. She can be handled under sail with just three experienced crew.
This historically significant and rare Swedish topmast schooner is a valuable piece of European maritime history, with a long, bright future ahead of her.
Of course, we can never really own a great classic boat: we can only enjoy being the caretakers of maritime history. And in doing so, we become a part of that history, a privilege that ensures the vessel is kept alive with all it’s stories and significance for future generations.
The vessel is extensively documented in a treasure trove of historical papers, dating from 1913. There is a digital archive of hundreds of photo, capturing the vessel’s life and including 20 years of major maintenance works to racing events and life aboard. Documents include newspaper articles, programs, certificates, manuals, books etc.
Builder: Sternö Skeppsvarv, Karlshamn, Sweden
Designer: Traditional Swedish-form hull, with tapered stern
Length: 111′ 0″
Beam: 19′ 0″
Displacement: 120 tons
Max Draft: 8′ 0″
Ballast: Internal lead ingots
Number of Engines: 1
Engine Make: Volvo Penta
Engine Model: MD100B
Engine Year: 2005
Engine Fuel Type: Diesel
Engine Propeller Type: 2 Blade
Fuel: 2 x 700 litres
Water: 1 x 500 litres
Holding: 1 x 250 litres
Accommodation for 16 crew and guests in total:
• Four bunks in forepeak
• Two bunks in each of two forward cabins, plus child sized bunk
• Six bunks in saloon, along sides, with seating beneath
• All bunks of open slat design with easy access
• Supplied with fitted covered mattresses
• All bunks provided with generous storage space
• Large oak table with bench seating (doubling as storage boxes) to suit up to 20 guests for light meals, parties – Ideal setting is up to 16 for intimate dinner
• Saloon able to accommodate up to 50 guests for party or cocktails. More if forepeak areas are used
• Six open bunks (three port and starboard) atop deep storage
• Old Captain’s mahogany desk, for navigation, study, etc, with drawers and chair
• Small wall-mounted bookshelves for navigation books, etc
• Stores and spares of brass oil lamps for intimate evenings
• Large suspended brass oil lamp
• Three wall-mounted brass oil lamps
• Access to galley through large serving hatch
• Four-burner LPG stovetop and oven
• LPG & 220volt refrigerator
• Stainless steel sink and worktops
• Extensive cupboards, drawers and food storage areas
• Range of stainless steel cooking pots, food preparation and serving utensils
• Crockery, cutlery and glassware for 20 people
NOTE: Ample room for extra fridge, large freezer, washing machine, etc
• Single head with vacuum pump to holding tank
NOTE: vessel has no shower, but plenty of space exists to install one, plus an extra head
• 220v 50Hz AC shore power & 24v DC house power
• Five 140ah heavy duty marine batteries
• Two isolated for engine, three for house power
• Master control box located engine room
• Modern ‘smart’ battery charger
• Garmin GPSMAP 720s, with memory cards programmed for the area from Norway to southern Brittany, including the UK and Channel Islands.
• Navigation cards covering Norway to Brittany (2013)
• Sailor 6215 VHF DSC radio (waterproof), with extra external speaker and handset
• Various paper charts of Swedish & Norwegian waters
• Various navigation instruments and Swedish books
• Traditional gimballed compass in historic brass binnacle
• Ship’s brass clock & barometer, and binoculars
• Raytheon radar – Pathfinder SL70 (all items come with mounts and cables)
• Furuno Navtex NX 300 Navigator
• Sailor Skanti 1000 VHF
• Phillips ap Navigator MK8 GPS
• Raymarine ST60 navigation instruments – 3
• Mc Murdo R2 GMDSS handheld emergency radio
• McMurdo RT 1 emergency radio
• McMurdo RT 9-3 SAR radar transponder
• ACR Globalfix GPS RLB-35
• Focus 8×40 binoculars
Engine and Mechanical
• Volvo Penta MD100B, six cylinders, diesel 198 HP (reconditioned in 2005) – Consumption approx: 10 litres per hour at 5-6 knots
• Engine driven alternator
• 2-blade variable-pitch propeller.
• Forward & reverse – direction & speed – controlled by traditional bronze wheel at helm.
• All chain drive, axels and connectors in good condition.
Dacron, 2009. Excellent condition.
Spare set Duradon, 1996. Good condition.
Total sail area: 310m2 Working 483m2 (7’911sf)
• Flying jib – 35m2
• Outer jib – 17.5m2
• Inner jib – 17.5m2
• Staysail – 22m2
• Foresail – 55m2
• Fore topsail – 23m2
• Mainsail – 82m2
• Main topsail – 28m2
• Fisherman – 30m2 220.5
• Foremast & Fore topmast – Columbian Pine
• Mainmast & Main topmast – Columbian Pine
• Foremast boom & gaff – Columbian Pine
• Mainmast boom & gaff – Columbian Pine
• Bowsprit with dolphin striker & jibboom – Sitka Spruce
• Traditional galvanized. 2009, Sweden. Wormed, parceled & served.
• Handmade baggywrinkle to each set of paired galvanized topping lifts
• Large storage boxes, for warps, lifejackets and covers, that also serve as seating for outdoor dining, with coach house roofs as the tables, suitable for up to 40 guests
• Varnished wooden box over 2 LPG tanks in metal frames
• The unvarnished (non-slip) foredeck cover provides storage for fenders, spare anchors and other equipment.
• Port & Starboard riding lights in brass housings, mounted on rigid steel frames separate to rigging
• Stern riding light mounted on wooden frame of stern davits
• Both masts with deck working flood lights
• Original 1913 Johansson of Karlshamn cast-iron dual-lever action, driving a traditional horizontal wooden windlass.
• Galvanised Bruce anchor 30kg, 10m chain, long warp
• Pair Admiralty kedge anchors, catted without stocks at bows
• Each anchor has 50m of merchant marine studlink chain in chain locker.
• Stocks are carried aboard separately
• Extensive warps carried
• 6 x self-inflating life jackets with harnesses
• 20 life vests, in deck boxes
• Dan buoy
• Bosun’s chair
• Wooden boarding steps
• Boarding ladder – rope and timber
• 24-person RFD life raft in cannister – serviced 2014
• 25-person Viking life raft in canister – awaiting service
• Various harnesses for working aloft
• Medical kit and flares carried in aft cabin
• Diesel: 1400 litres in two 700 litre tanks
• Water: 500 litres
• Black water: 250 litres
• Single 500 litre poly tank (2009)
• Electric water heater in galley (2009)
• Traditional upright diesel furnace in saloon
• 220v bilge and main fire 1½” pump
• 24v Auxiliary fire 1¼” pump with deck outlets fore & aft
• Manual deck mounted bilge pump
• 2 x automatic high capacity bilge pumps in galley & saloon with outlets through hull and non-return valves
• Engine room pump running off the engine
• Fire hose connected to engine pump, with two hoses attached to deckhouse fitting
• Machinery manual shut down
• Gas alarm in galley. Separate in-line stop taps
• 4 fire extinguishers, 2 fire blankets, in galley/crew area
• Matching coloured sail covers
• Skylights Covers
• Hatch covers
• Helm cover
• Full winter deck cover with metal and wooden frames
• Traditional clinker-built sailing dinghy, with oars, mast, sail and rudder, mounted on traditional stern davits
Storage and Spares
• 20 foot steel, lockable and waterproof storage container/workshop – located Svendborg, Denmark.
• Full cover for the boat – timber and metal frames and heavy duty vinyl sections
• Set of spare sails – white
• Range of parts, including rigging blocks, sheaves, pipes, etc
• Variety of tools
• Sections of seasoned oak, for making parts, small planks, etc
• Shaped timber blanks for making (turning) belaying pins
• Set of spare mast hoops
• Range of other spares and components
New work completed:
Re-Fastening - http://schoonerlaboheme.com/re-fastening/
2014- New Work - http://schoonerlaboheme.com/2014-new-work/