THE FIRST GRP BOAT IN A MUSEUM
It is in fact not very surprising that the first GRP boat in a museum was a Hallberg-Rassy Monsun 31.
The Swedish sailor Kurt Björklund's HR 31 Monsun "Golden Lady" has after three and a half circumnavigations been retired into a museum. The Swedish sailor Kurt Björklund´s Hallberg-Rassy Monsun 31 "Golden Lady" has become an important attraction at a museum in Råå in southern Sweden. We at Hallberg-Rassy are of course very proud of this. Kurt Björklund is the first owner and took delivery of this boat here in Ellös 1974. Kurt knew that he wanted to do some serious sailing, but could never have imagined how far he would travel. In 1983 Kurt retired from work and went on his first solo circumnavigation. The second one included the rounding of Cape Horn.
There has never been made any special strengthening of Kurt's boat to coop with harsh weather conditions during the three and a half trips around the world. Kurt built a hard top to have an even better protected cockpit.
Kurt donated the boat to the Råå Museum. - I could have sold the boat for some SEK 300 000 But I could not stand the idea of not knowing where the boat was and how she was doing. I prefer scarifying the money and have peace in my mind, Kurt said.
Kurt lived between 1921 and 2006. In 1996 Kurt went ashore and gave up sailing. The reason was his health condition. He bought himself a small garden cottage, where he can watch the yachts sailing by. Do not even think for a moment that Kurt was interested in cultivating vegetables.