SY Storm is a 13 meter Spissgatter and was built in 1912-13 at Anker & Jensen in Vollen, Asker. The designation was a yacht, designed by shipowner Chr. Jensen. He later designed and built the Maud polar ship for Mr. Roald Amundsen. Storm was commissioned by Mr. Ole Larsen Jr. from Oslo, and delivered in the fall of 1913. He was a wine and liquor merchant, and when the liquor ban came to Norway he had to sell the boat. Shipowner John K. Haaland, from Haugesund, became a new owner in 1916. He participated with Storm on a number of regattas in the west countries over the next few years. According to the Haaland family, the shipping company was hit hard by the post-war recession, and eventually in 1923 Storm was sold. The boat then went back to Kristiania and merchant Anders Backer Grøndahl. He owned Storm until 1933, when Shipowner Mr. Anders Jahre in Sandefjord became a new owner, and at the same time Storm was rigged with bermuda rig. The Jahre family took exceptionally good care of the boat, and is the main reason why Storm is today one of Norway's most original and best-preserved classic sailboats. Today's owners took over Storm from the Bulls Tanker Company in 1996. The hull is built in mahogany on oak bulkheads, and the very beautiful mahogany interior with flame birch panel was installed at A. Andersen in Hankø. The deck is made of teak. Many "Spissgatters" were built at this time, which became a very popular regatta boat with their long keels, their high masts and with the rudder mounted completely aft like on a sailboat. Storm has undergone several major upgrades over the years. Modern equipment (like an engine!) has been fitted without changing the boat's original design. The National Antiquarian in NOrway has among other things contributed with funds for restoration and maintenance. Today, Storm is equipped with everything from modern hub equipment with chart plotter, hydraulic anchor winch, central boiler, freezer / fridge, WC / shower, alarm and 220 V
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