KB Scrapbook

Extract from K. Baess scrapbook. It contains mostly cuttings from yachting paper to promote the GD28. KB was very active (modern) when it came to inform the press. Articles that seemed to be specific newspaper interviews often appeared word by word in some of the other paperclippings of different newspapers. Articles are posted chronologically.

Written by Ole Rosted (Feb 08)


in danish

KB has dated the cuttings in 1966 - I think it must be 1965. The text refers to the first serial production of GD28. It's build by an inland factory manufacturing plastic things in general near Struer in Jutland. The 3rd page has an interesting (and time typical) comment by the chairman of nearby Struer Yacht club who only has positive words for this new construction. In the previous years there's been some poor examples of boats fiberglass boats 'but this one looks very promising' (wonder if he still lives ;-)). He's not in doubt that this construction can match any wooden boat.


Probably one of the first advertisement , because of KB's first address in Vestre Voldgade in Copenhagen (around 1966?). Notice that it has the same slanting middle section between the main windows (like the D2 but unlike all the other GD28s).

To have an better idea of cost of things at that time, my dad had been head of a printing ink laboratory for 8 years and his monthly gross salary was 6,500 DKK. He bought Brise for 75,000 DKK in 1966.


Mr Loehr with his 2nd GD28 (1967). His first was #7 - this one is #29, Thisted (Loehr's home base). Loehr was quite famous in Denmark as he was sailing solo across the Atlantic. He reported regularly to the leading Danish newspaper Politiken. Loehr sailed them to the US with the intention of selling them there. KB mentioned that on his third trip he did not use a GD28 - and disappeared.

Although the two texts are almost identical (same source I guess) there's a funny mistake in the English text, where one gets the impression that the Jutlandia was another sailboat. However, she was a Danish merchant vessel sponsored by the Red Cross and turned in to a floating hospital and send to Korea during the Korean war. Loehr was a junior officer on two of these trips.


Low tide in Thisted (1967)
The Lento is without engine - take that! The article says it's #28 but compared to the KB sales list I think it's fair to assume that it's #29. He's wondering if he can make it some kind of living sailing with tourists around the waters of the Canary Islands (without an engine???).

nfe Loehr with his GD28 Lento is mentioned in the book from Richard Henderson on singlehanded Sailing (see link page). In the book, he wrote that Loehr is a strong advocate of "laying ahull" as a technique in a storm. He's reported to have say: "I believe any ship will find its natural position on the sea…. There is something about nature you cannot fight. Just as your body quickly find the most comfortable position when you sit down, so does a boat on the ocean"

196712No50s.jpg From the Danish Sejl & Motor (Dec. 1967) : Who's going to buy No 50? They must have gone fast in the building process as #29 above also was delivered in Dec 1967 (although after 2 months of preparations). It was approximatively at that period of time that the hull production moved from Struer and started at Sandersens near Copenhagen.

in danish

Cutting from Oct. 1969. KB was the winner of Yachting World's Best Family Boat between 25 and 30 feet (in Torque?) aboard the GD28 with sail K67 (not in our boat list - perhaps it never got back from the UK ?) KB told me how he had borrowed K67 from the owner to ensure it would win - or at least stand a better chance! KB was a very fine sailor…

An American ads - photocopies were pretty bad in those days.. From where it sat in the scrapbook I believe it must be from 1969.


Advertisement for the Copenhagen Boat Show in Jan 1970. The first sentence starts with "One of the largest boats on this year's exhibition…" and of course the mentioning of the Yachting World Rally. Notice that it's K67 - one would have expected a Danish number but obviously the winner is one of the latest pictures KB had on hand. So the GD28 was 'One of the largest boats' - those were the days - today the article would probably have started with "One of the smallest boats …'" ;-)


Cutting from Feb 1970 (in danish). The last paragraph mentions that there's 14 GD28s in Port Hamble on the English Channel coast. The port is also known as the Great Dane Kennel (not a bad joke I guess - wonder how many are there these days. Last year I was on the Hamble river - I don't think I saw many under 45 - 50!)


Ads from 1970 for Canada. Notice that it showed D112 with the American flag and the landscape isn't Scandinavian nor British. That boat was used in many ads and article. The contact given at the end is Baess's brother in Canada.


Do it yourself for 55,000 DKK or have the shipyard doing it for 115,000 DKK. The accompanying article (?) has an interview (?) with a handyman in Aabenraa (S Denmark) who has done the interior himself in approx. 850 hours (half a man-year) and suggests that one of his friends intends the same.

On the saleslist in the archive, you can see 'Skrog' (hull) or 'Mini'. These refers to some GD28 sold on a semi-finished basis to obviously helps boost the sales figures. It is also said that some boats were sold as bare hull to Sweden in the end of the 70s.


UK add - from 1972 according to sequence in scrapebook but maybe earlier as Ziegler imported GD in the UK mainly before 1970 and the same picture is found in a german article from 1966.


List of participants in The Observers Singlehand Cross the Atlantic (OSTAR) race in 1972. Out of 55 participants was a GD 'Blue Gipsy' with skipper R. Lancy Burn (GD28 hull no 137).

And as you may notice one of the other participants was Gipsy Moth V/Sir Francis Chichester. He was then 70 years old and unfortunately retired from that race. First to cross the line that year was Pen Duick IV, a legendary boat developed by the pioneering Tabarly. Burn crossed the line after 39 days. He's still owns her today!


A strange combination in the scrapbook of a page
containing a picture of D2 (built in 1966) and an article
written in german. It's bizarre because most boat wer
imported in Germany (by Meisel in Hamburg) 10 years
after D2 was built…


This is probably the last GD28 announcement dated from 1983 announcing that the 18 year old Great Dane is still popular especially for long trips. The price was then 315.000 DKK for a fully equipped boat. It explains that they were keeping their value, as an early 1965'er bought for 49.000 DKK was sold for 110.000 DKK in 1982 (actually the inflation was quit high too in those years but nevertheless). Apparently there was a waiting list with 15-20 people waiting for a GD (do we see the business man here ;-)). At that time, 18 boats had crossed the Atlantic and 3 were presently on their way around the world. It must be approx. during the same time that Baess destroyed the molds.

No information in scrapbook. That photo of a red GD28 with a Dutch name was taken somewhere near the Port of Copenhagen (Cph) - perhaps at Sandersen's (although the read building behind makes me think it's near the free-port - maybe a shipment to Germany/Netherlands. The truck has an old local Cph tlf. number so it is definitely in Cph - almost the same as my grand-mother's!
No information in scrapbook neither. An early GD28 with a white main-sheet console like Brise's. nde In 1968 posts were made of wood. It could be a modification done on boat built by Sandersen shipyard (?)

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