Rolf Magnusson


Rolf Magnusson, a native of Karlstadt in Sweden, began his career by designing a boat in 1965 for the Koster Class Association competition. A Koster is a large, traditionally-styled type of sailboat common in Norway and the west coast of Sweden, and used for commercial fishing. They were wide in relation to their length, very seaworthy, with low freeboard; they were originally built of oak, about 40' in length. Only one example of his Koster design, named Tummelduns, was built; it never went into full production. The Allegro 27, designed by Lars Olof Norlin, was the winner of the Competition.

The Joker was designed for the Half-ton Cup in 1968. It was modified somewhat in 1971 and renamed the Albin Ballad. Other designs include the Albin 79 and Albin 57, Kakadu (a One-off boat), Mamba 34, Gambler 35, and the Contrast boats. In addition to designing boats, Rolf has personally built many of the sails for his boats in his own sail loft.

Sailboats Designed By Rolf Magnusson

Model LOA First Built
ALBIN 57 18.83 ft / 5.74 m 1977
ALBIN 79 25.92 ft / 7.90 m 1974
BALLAD 30 (ALBIN) 29.92 ft / 9.12 m 1971
COMFORT 30 29.82 ft / 9.09 m 1972
COMFORTINA 36 36.09 ft / 11.00 m 1985
CONTRAST 33 32.38 ft / 9.87 m 1979
CONTRAST 36 36.09 ft / 11.00 m 1983
CONTRAST 362 36.09 ft / 11.00 m 1985
CONTRAST 400 40.03 ft / 12.20 m 1989
GAMBLER 35 35.33 ft / 10.77 m 1979
JOKER S30 30.31 ft / 9.24 m 1968
MAMBA 31 30.68 ft / 9.35 m 1978
MAMBA 34 33.33 ft / 10.16 m 1978
MAMBA 341 33.33 ft / 10.16 m 1981
SCANMAR 31/31A 30.83 ft / 9.40 m 1983
SCANMAR 33 33.17 ft / 10.11 m 1980
SCANMAR 345 34.45 ft / 10.50 m 1987
SCANMAR 35 35.10 ft / 10.70 m 1982
SCANMAR 40 40.16 ft / 12.24 m 1986


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