first saw the Jule III (a 1978 German built ketch) in Annapolis in
August 1995. She was on a mission to find the perfect boat (and it
had to be inexpensive and it had to be a ketch [Bob's
requirement]). We loved the nearly flush teak deck, the interior
and the price (plus it was a ketch). The previous owner was
somewhat of a jerk as he had neglected the boat and it was not in
great shape. But we were in love! We bought the boat in September
We knew nothing of the boat
other than it was built by
Matthiesen and Paulsen in Arnis
Germany. The previous owner had no information on its history. In
one of the sailing magazines, we found a reference to Mathias and
Paulsen. Maybe they knew something of the Jule III. Ann called
them in February of 1997 and Mr. Paulsen answered the phone. He
remembered the boat! He didn't have much information on it though.
He remembered that the designer was Arvid Laurin from Sweden. The
hull and deck were built in Sweden and shipped to Paulsen to
complete construction. Unfortunately, he did not have any
We would not learn anything new
about the Jule III until our Voyage 2000. At our first mooring at Key
West, a sailor in his dingy came by and said he had a boat that
looked like ours, only a little larger. He sold it many years ago
and had no real information about it. On our second visit to Port
Canaveral, we met up with the German training vessel, Hansa. We
told them about our boat and they were most anxious to see it.
They knew of Matthiesen and Paulsen (M & P) and indicated that
they were excellent boat builders. The captain of Hansa, Thorsten,
suggested that the name Jule is a North German nickname for
Josephine. He indicated that Jule III was at one time a boat of
the Kiel Yacht Club. He deduced this from a plaque on the cockpit
coaming. Thorsten suggested that we contact the Yacht Club to see
if they had any additional information.
And we did! We email-ed the
Commodore of the Kieler Yacht-Club. He knew the boat and the owner
and would try to send us some information. A few months later a
package arrived from Germany with a letter from Kommodore Otto
Schlenzka, a translation of the notes from the original owner (Carl
Friedrich Fischer), and some original drawing of the Jule III.
Mr. Schlenzka wrote:
I myself know Mr. Fischer and
his beautiful yacht and been on board ..when she and I cruised
The Swedish waters about 20 years ago.
Mr. Fischer wrote:
The yacht was designed by naval
Arvid Laurin who was one of the most famous designers
in Sweden. Inspired by the lines of the old Danish and Norwegian
fishing and pilot boats, Laurin said 'A yacht has to be sea-kind,
has to be accepted by the sea. Laurin lived from 1905
(actually 1901) until 1980 (actually 1998).
The Technical University of Gothenburg honored him with the title
Doctor of Honor.
The hull was built and
inspected by Laurin in Rurslage (actually Roslagen), NE of Stockholm. The main work
was done in 1977 by the shipyard Matthiesen and Paulsen in Arnis
(about 30 km N of Kiel) which at that time was probably the best
among the smaller shipyards. M &P took over all work including
attaching lead keel, rudder, teak deck, motor, electronics,
wooden equipment and accommodations which was designed by myself,
being an architect. Her sister ship was built prior to the Jule
Arvid Laurin later inspected
the yacht after commissioning and said: "Jule III is -inside
the hull- the best and most beautiful of all yachts I designed.
We were so excited to receive
this information. Closure of sorts on her history.
We received additional info on the
Jule III from Denmark and Sweden in early 2002. Arvid Laurin designed
many boats in the same likeness of Jule III. The unique feature of
Laurin designs involve "Koster" (canoe stern) and a whale deck. Jule
III is one of 12 Laurin 38s of which 4 are ketches. In early 2003,
Tomas Hedborg (Aurora) told us
"To be honest the L38 is not a real
Koster, as the line from the stern to the keel is concave and not
straight or convex acording to the local rule.
Arvid Laurin designed the first boat with a centerboard.
But Mr Brunnhage the first owner of Lileca III had a lot of
disturbence in the centerbord so he filled it up with lead. That is the
reason for the shallow draft".
The Laurin 38s (from the Jorgen Brem's www.laurinkoster.dk):
- Lileca III Brunnhage (last known owner)
Saga III (ketch) Göran Cullfors
Jule III (ketch), Bob and Ann Todd
- No information
- Asynja, Anders Lundgren
Aurora (ketch), Svante Jacobsson
- Njord, Christer Torstensson
- Kioso, Lasse Olsson
- Colomba, Ben Fellman
- Oktav, Öbrink & Andersson
- No Name, Gunnar Johansson
Pilgrim of Stockholm, Anders Skogward
However, the Jule III is old and
was neglected after it was sold in 1985. As a result we had
- The hull re-laminated and resealed
- New engine installed
- New rigging
- New sails
- New teak deck (instead of Voyage 2001)
By the time it is over, it will
be a new yacht.
As Jule III is a German-built (because
the lead keel was laid in Germany) vessel and it is documented in
accordance with the laws of the U.S., we have been unable to do
commercial work aboard her (the Jones Act of 1917 prohibits foreign
built vessels from participating in coastwise trade). However,
recent changes in US law permitted us to apply for a waiver. We
applied and were granted a license in coastwise trade!
In 2006, Wolfgang and Denise from SV
Moony traveled to their hometown of Kiel Germany. They made a side trip
to the River Schlei to find out what they could discover about
Jule III. Their first visit was with
Rolf Traulsen and his wife of RTW-Masten,
Moony's mast builder. Well, it turns out Rolf was also Jule III's
mast builder. It is amazing that Rolf remembered a 28 year sailboat
with two black masts. Amazing!
Moony's next stop was the town of
where Jule III was 'born'. They went to Mathias and Paulsen Boatworks
and M & P Yacht Marina where they met
Jan-Willem Paulsen. Herr Paulsen
remembered working on Jule III 28 years ago. Jan-Willem is probably the
Paulsen that Ann talked with nearly 10 years ago that lauched our
research quest. Amazing, just amazing!. We are thankful to Wolfgang
and Denise for taking time out of their holiday to help us with our