Krone 1. Biography of the Queen.

Krone 1 was built in 2010 in the small shipyard Faurby Yacht in Denmark, on the Jutland peninsula (where all Danish shipyards are concentrated),  located near the small coastal town of Fredericia, the birthplace of the world’s second-best Danish sailor Jesper Bank Jesper, two-time Olympic champion in  class Soling and two-time skipper in the America’s Cup. The other Danish legend I guess you all know, Paul Elvstrom.

But why do I write about Jesper Bank ?!

Because “Krone 1” was not only his yacht, but she was also built on the basis of the Faurby 396 hull with modifications to meet his ideas. After his first time sailing a Faurby 396, on the next day Jesper Bank said that the yacht sails well but can be made to sail faster. And he came up with his own ideas, which were implemented in Faurby hull No. 24 (Krone 1). First, Jesper decided that the yacht should be made lighter (quite logical, because any design of a new yacht with claims of speed must begin with reference to displacement for a certain hull length). New calculations were made and the hull was made lighter where it could. A totally new deep T-shaped keel was designed (Krone 1 draft is 2.50 meters), lighter by 400 kg than the standard keel weighing 2550 kg. The keel construction is very robust and relatively conservative, with a steel keel shaft (as opposed to that of Furia, which was a fiberglass with nearly two meters long steel studs attached to the steel frame incorporated in the hull and down attached to the lead bulb). In Krone 1 the steel shaft at the top is attached to  the steel frame with short studs / bolts / and at the lower end also with short studs is fastened to the torpedo. According to Faurby and many others, this is the “correct” and safer construction of fin keel with a lead bulb.

A completely new deeper rudder was designed, more efficient to produce a lift.

The boat came with an open transom. The steering wheel is moved back and the cockpit is a lot more spacious.

The genoa traveller cars are moved from the deck to the coachroof to allow tight sheeting angles for upwind performance. The steel fuel and water tanks were replaced with plastic tanks, the cabinets in the salon were skipped, but the teak in the cockpit and on deck was preserved – Scandinavians obviously love it and prefer to sacrifice cabinets below, but not the teak on deck.

The mast and the boom are made of carbon fibre produced by Nordic Mast, subsequently bought by Southern Spars (the best producer of quality carbon masts, but unfortunately already oriented to the super yachts, which is why masts like that on Furia and Krone 1 are no longer available in the European market. Most European boat builders currently order them from factories in Romania or Sri Lanka).

The two main winches are electric, there is an electrically adjustable back stay. The single carbon steering wheel is enormous and sexy.

Below deck luxury is preserved and the yacht definitely looks functional, (except for the lack of cabinets), Scandinavian cozy and not Ikea style.

Due to all these modifications the yacht was transformed into ‘a wolf in a sheepskin”, i.e. the goal was to become a comfortable family cruiser-racer which can win the Danish and Swedish races (with hundreds of yachts-participants and not a few dozen as is the case in the Black Sea). And in the 2011 race round the Fyn island Krone 1 skippered by Jesper Bank finished second.

And on the top of that Jesper Bank named his boat “Krone I” which means “Crown 1”, as is the registration plate of one of the luxury limousines of the Danish queen.

After this story, how could I change the name of the boat ?!

According to superstition, changing the name of a boat brings disaster, because the gods, and Neptune in particular, who also keeps records of all vessels, does not like such things. There are various renaming ceremonies to be followed (from the usual spillage of quality wine to a piss by a virgin, accompanied by sacred words) and to be honest I would have followed one of them, because before I bought the boat I already had a new name in my head that phonetically (and sexually) resembles the name “Furia”. I was planning to name my next sailboat “Freya”, the Scandinavian equivalent of Aphrodite.

Even my wife liked the name Freya, as she blamed me that by choosing this inappropriate name “Furia” I challenged the gods and they punished us. And while Freya personifies love, Furia exemplifies wildness and vengeance. That’s why I thought Freya was a good name for a yacht born in the Scandinavian countries but sailing in the other seas. Because naming a boat Venus or Aphrodite and sailing her in Med would be a preposterous, (perhaps an example of bad taste would be to name your boat Freya and sailing her the Baltic Sea).

But once I learned the story of how Krone 1 was created and named, I decided that besides a challenge to the gods, it would be extremely disrespectful to Jesper Bank, to rename his creation. That is why I retained the name by simply changing the logo ET (meaning one in Danish) with the number 1. I will also remove the enormous red crown /the Elvstrom logo/.

Now some basic data about Kronne 1.

Jesper Bank was the creator and the first owner of Krone 1. Then she was passed to Nikolai Platzer, who was coming from Luffe 44. Nikolai made some functional upgrades – he returned the cabinets back in the salon, and mounted aft winches in the cockpit.

He used the boat mostly for cruising and for the Inst two years she was stored in a storage near Fredericia, where all Faurby yachts winter.

Krone 1 has never left the Baltic Sea and is not registered. Under Danish maritime laws the yacht must exceed 20 tonnes in order to be subject to registration. Also, the Danes can sail any vessel up to 15 meters long without kolding certificate of competency. In general, in Denmark yachts have the status of bicycles … yes, very expensive bicycles.

Nikolai sold Krone 1 to me on October 20, 2017. On that day both of us were extremely happy, as is in the story of the two moments of a boat owner’s greatest happiness.

From now on, after exhausting the insurance money for purchasing the boat, the spending goes on. A new equipment is to be added: VHF radio, AIS, electric anchor windlass, solar battery, some minor fixes, servicing of the major systems (standing rigging, steering, sail drive, engine, heating), launching and rigging and test sailing, and as a consequnce the final price is higher than my expectations, especially when adding 25% Scandinavian VAT. In order to sail the boat to the Med, we also need to add a lot of safety equipment, starting from the life raft, flares, and a number of other small things (still there, in Denmark, they do not have such tough approach to safety requirements as is in the Med countries, they are natural born sailors and bycicle riders). I need to buy again my heavy weather gear that sank along with Furia. And these ones will be needed because in April through the North Sea, the Channel and the notorious Bay of Biscay there is no need for sunscreen creams but warm clothes. In this line of thought, I forgot to mention that like every yacht that comes from the northern latitudes, Krone 1 is equipped with a heating – the good reliable and economical Ebershpacher.

So, approximately four months from now and after Easter 2018, a long passage awaits me, only to Gibraltar are about 1,900 nautical miles. We will be two of us Mihail Kopanov and I. Mihail likes Krone 1 very much and is eager to sail her. Perhaps for part of the passage another friend will join us as a crew to make shorter these long cold night watches.

But by then there is a lot of time, I will drink a lot of wine to gather strength for this difficult sailing passage.


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  1. Rumen, Denmark’s third Champion was 6 time Olympian Hans Marius Fogh, born near Copenhagen. Later in life Hans moved to Canada. Hans built me a full hoist jib, and at my request autograghed both sides for me. This was the only part of my brand new 36 footer that I actually liked! Hans had some sort of special understanding of the winds, time and space on the race course. I was very lucky to have spent time with such a great man.