build boats for personal reasons. Some do
it for the building experience, some for
the aesthetic enjoyment of a gorgeous work
of art when completed, and some for the
delight of using the boat. If your prime
focus is in creating a cost-effective way
to get afloat and cruising, the Olga 28
will do you proud."
From a design review by Robert
W. Stephens. Olga 28 -- Simplicity in a
Salty Package. WoodenBoat (240), Sept/Oct
2014 pp. 112-115.
Olga 28 (outboard version)
|The Olga 28 is
a fuel-efficient trailerable, v-bottom power
cruiser. She evokes classic power cruisers from
the Pacific Northwest, and is designed as the
perfect boat for a couple (or a family) to
cruise the Puget Sound or Inside Passage to
Alaska. She would also be a great boat for
cruising in warmer climates, where her spacious
pilothouse will provide welcome shelter from the
She is built of plywood, over plywood
bulkheads, frames and stringers. Builders have
the option of using a traditional chine or using
epoxy coving and biaxial tape ("liquid joinery"
style); bulkheads and interior joinery can also
be secured with cleats or epoxy and tape.
Power is supplied by an outboard (65 hp is
recommended for a top speed of about 12 knots).
She can handle additional power if more speed is
desired. An inboard diesel with a sail drive can
also be fitted.
The Olga 28 was
reviewed in WoodenBoat #240, (Sept/Oct 2014).
Here's a bit of what Robert W. Stephens had to
say in his review, entitled "Simplicity in a
salty package" :
26' - 11"
8' - 6"
When I first
set eyes on the Olga 28, I
immediately though of several
boats drawn by the Atkin family.
...Never ones to waste time,
material or money, the Atkins
drew boats that made the best
use of simple, easily available
building stock and power plants,
that went together in the
fastest time possible within the
constraints of delivering safe,
seaworthy and useful watercraft.
... [designs intended to] exude
the confident air of a salty
boat of solid workboat origins
with a serious, traditional
sheerline and attractive massing
of superstructure--in short ...
they must look good. Smaalders's
Olga 28 is heir to this legacy.
are available in both imperial and metric
... We build
boats for personal reasons. Some do it for
the building experience, some for the
aesthetic enjoyment of a gorgeous work of
art when completed, and some for the delight
of using the boat. If your prime focus is in
creating a cost-effective way to get afloat
and cruising, the Olga 28 will do you
Olga 28 (inboard diesel)
Above: the first Olga under construction in
Germany by Friedbert Hennemuth
Below: an Olga under construction in Connecticut
by Paul Kessinger