When my grandfather, Doctor Karl Grönstedt, died in 1937, he was the owner of a motor cruiser Ingmar, named after his youngest son. Karl enjoyed many happy days on this 12m long luxury cruiser with friends and families as the photographs show.  As president of the Motor Cruiser Division of Royal Swedish Yacht  Club, he was often accompanied by press and judges during sailing regattas in and around Sandhamn.

W Sandhamn harbour

Ingmar was built at the local boatyard run by the Larsson family, later known as AB Fisksätra and constructed in mahogany to the design of the famous boat architect CG Petterson.  Petterson’s boats are now regarded as classics.  So what happened to Ingmar?  After grand-father’s death, it was re-registered by his middle-son, Ragnar, who was looking after the family affairs.  And then after a year it disappears.


It might have been sold and just laid up somewhere because of the war, then renamed and re-registered at a later date, or sold for scrap.  But there are several people, interested in classic Swedish boats, who are now on the look-out.  It could possibly be in Holland.  More to follow on that.

W Karl with daughter Karin

Ingmar was grandfather’s third boat. The first boat was Fröja built in 1906 at Rosätra Shipyard, then MIMA, a Star sailing boat, built 1932 at Holms Shipyard in Gamleby in 1932.  In the same year, it seems he registered the motor cruiser Ingmar, built at Larsson’s in Saltsjöbaden 1932.

The boat designer, Carl Gustaf Pettersson, started life as a farmer’s son but was soon won over by boats and studied at the technical high school in Stockholm before joining a small shipyard in 1900.  A few years later he set up his own boatyard with his brother and later with others developing new designs and construction for the engines as well as the body of the boats.  He realised he would be better off as a designer, leaving others to building, and perfected the modern leisure motor yacht from a simple two-man boat to luxury cruisers.  They became known as Pettersson boats, and are now regarded as classic Swedish boats.  .

Karl Grönstedt was often at the helm himself but also had the assistance of Möss-Olle Olsson, well-known Club member who provided radio commentary on sailing regattas.  Karl enjoyed looking after his guests assisted by his daughters on their cruises from Saltsjöbaden to Sandhamn where the KSSS  (Royal Swedish Yacht Club) served great lunches and dinners in the restaurant overlooking the harbour.

Find out more about the Grönstedt family in my book, Från Dalarna till Saltsjöbaden, Familjen Grönstedts historia, available in Swedish, check the website, www.ylvafrench.co.uk   And let me know if you know what’s happened to Ingmar.