The Grimstadjolle (or GJ-Class) sloops were designed by Samuel O. Berge in 1943 as a Junior Class racing yacht. Built to class specifications by various Norwegian boat manufacturing concerns the class grew to about 200 boats in the mid to late 1950’s. Interest in the class waned in the 1960’s and 1970’s with many of the boats falling out of use and into disrepair. In more recent years a resurgence of interest in classic yacht design, construction and racing has brought the GJ sloops out of retirement with many boats being restored and actively raced. Along with restorations this new interest in the class has resulted in new boats being built and adding to the fleets. GJ-221 / USA-3 is one of this new era of GJ-Class Sloops.
Built be the Norwegian Wooden Boat Company in 2001, GJ-221 / USA-3 has not been used at all and as such should be considered a new boat no matter what the year of her build. GJ-221 / USA 3 is being offered for sale at a small fraction of her cost to build new and given her new boat condition this represents a tremendous value for any interested classic yacht fan.
This is a new listing for Brooklin Boat Yard. Additional and more complete information with follow shortly. Currently stored at her owner’s home, GJ-221 / USA-3 will be coming to Brooklin Boat Yard in late spring (2018) to be available for inspection by interested buyers.
NOTE: At this time there are no available photos of GJ-221 / USA-3. The photos shown in this listing are of sister-ships sailing on Norway. As soon as new photos of GJ-221 / USA-3 become available they will be posted here.
Designer: Samuel O. Berge
Builder: Norwegian Wooden Boat Company
Year Built: 2001
LOA: 18’ 6”
Beam: 4’ 11”
Draft: 2’ 10 ½”
Displacement: 1,070 lbs.
Ballast: 375 lbs. Steel
Sail Area: 107.6 sq. ft.
Full keel with cut-away forefoot and keel hung rudder
Oak stem, back bone, deadwood and transom
Steam-bent oak frames
Copper rivet fastened
Varnished Larch planking
Varnished Teak and Mahogany deck
External steel ballast (375 lbs.)
Polished stainless steel docking cleats at bow and stern
Stainless steel chain plates
Harken track jib sheet leads
Harken turning blocks and cam cleats
Single spreader, fractional rig sloop configuration
Varnished Spruce mast, boom and spinnaker pole
Stainless steel wire standing rigging with nico-pressed eyes at terminal ends.
Polished stainless steel shroud turnbuckle adjusters
Main, jib and spinnaker halyards
Spinnaker pole topping lift and foreguy
Boom vang with Harken blocks and cam cleat
All sails by Doyle Sailmakers
Sails built in 2001 but have never been used
2001, Karavan Trailers, Inc., single-axle trailer.