Folkboat Aldo's History
Sisse was the vessel's first name, when launched by builder Erik Erickson in Helsingor, Denmark in 1958. Sisse sailed as DK-252 in the Danish racing fleet.
In the early 1960s, Sisse arrived by freighter in San Francisco along with many other Scandinavian Folkboats to form the racing fleet there. The first owner there was Dave Bannerman, who sailed the boat as US 54, renamed as Meriwether.
Meriwether fell on hard times, and Jeff Hammond of the NW School of Wooden Boat Building brought her to Port Townsend and began a project of overhauling the hull and replacing of the deck and cabin. In 1991, Tim and Tracy Lee purchased Meriwether. Tim completed the project as his masterwork at the school. The couple sailed her to Sitka, Alaska, and lived aboard here for two years. When they moved back south, they sold Meriwether to a local couple who owned her a short while.
In 1998 we, the present owners (Martina Kurzer & Larry Edwards), bought the boat, and changed the name to Aldo. In our 24 years of ownership, Aldo has been an absolute joy, taking us on trips covering the full extent of Southeast Alaska's outer coast between Glacier Bay National Park and Cape Muzon (on the border with British Columbia, at Dixon Entrance), and through many of the region's inside waters.
Now it's time for a new owner, so Aldo is for sale, moored in Sitka. Aldo is setup for cruising, and lots of equipment is included.
Aldo's condition is great, and a recent survey is available.