(This articel is translation from the magazine Båtliv
Boa tconstruction was Ruben E. Östlund's
great interest besides his work as an engineconstructor. Despite
short education he was a professional constructor of new engines
for Atlas, Avance and Bolinders.
But he will not be remembered for just strong diesel-engines
- it was the magnificant motoryachts that put his name on
the map. The finacial kings of Sweden at that time put a lot
of money into motoryachts, designed by Ruben Östlund.
Ivar Kreuger's 36" racingboat "Svalan" was
incredibly fast for its time with a top
speed of 52 knots and powered by a 650 hp
engine. The boat was built at Lidingö-warf in 1928 as
a commuter with a saloon. Svalan has been rebuilt in 2001
and this mahogany muscle-boat is quite a sight - and the sound
Among Östlund's wellknown racer, Sea Song, drawn in 1923
for Erik Åkerlund, was very successful with quite a
few 1:st placings in races.
Östlund was full of ideas - a real genius
of fast motorboats, always improving his constructions.
|A fast-going boat with "steps"
in the bottom was orderd by major Nils Ahlström 1929 and
built at the Lidingö-warf the same year. The boat, 9,6x1,7m,
was named "Budde II". She had an Hall Scott 200 Hp
gasoline-engine, wich gave her the speed of 32 knots. Displacement