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The Ohlson 35 yawl was designed Einar Ohlson during the late 1950s. Einar was a Swedish Naval Architect who was well known for his 5.5 metre yacht designs. Ohlson was known for his fast yachts, among them the Int 5.5m class yacht 'Rush', winner of the 1956 Olympics. His 5.5m yacht designs competed against famous designers such as Luders, Hunt, Sparkman and Stevens and Briton Chance Jr.
The Ohlson 35s were designed as a competitive race boat as well as a comfortable cruiser. The yacht's concept was to compete against the larger and very successful timber production yachts of the 50’s and 60’s, including the Concordia yawls built in Germany and sold in large numbers on the east coast of the USA.
Built in 1961 at the Ohlson Brother's yard in Gothenburg Sweden, Trim was one of a number of Ohlson production wooden yawls which included 35 & 36 footers. These were mostly exported to the USA between 1958 and 1965.
In the US George Oday, a 5.5 meter Olympic Gold medalist, world champion, yacht designer and broker, was the agent for the design. The Ohlson 35's performed well in the 1960s on the USA East and West coasts, winning a number of prestigious races such as the Vineyard (1st and 2nd overall) in 1961.
Trim was built of Honduras mahogany with the planking edge-glued and copper fastened on white oak frames. The keel and deadwoods are yellow pine. Spars are Sitka spruce. The external keel ballast is cast iron.
The original Grey Marine Sea Scout 30hp petrol engine was first replaced by an Arona diesel, before the current 10hp Yanmar diesel was fitted.
The original owner was Dan Thompson who launched the yacht in 1962 with the name Metero, after a 19th century Brigantine originally built in New Orleans. Dan became the commodore of the Seattle Yacht club and Metero was the flag-ship of the club for a number of years. Dan raced and cruised the yacht which included and extensive long term cruise to the Hawaiian Islands and the mid Pacific. After many years of ownership Dan sold the yacht to a partnership between William and Marilyn Bradshaw, John 'Bud' and Suzanne Peterson. They owned the boat between 1978 and 1979. The yacht's name was changed to 'Trio' and continued to be raced and cruised in the Seattle area.
Dale and Marlene Dow of Seattle purchased the yacht in 1979 and renamed her Refuge. Ownership then passed to William and Marcia Timms in 1982 and they kept the name Refuge. As the yacht's papers at the time state 'We kept the name to represent the refuge she is to our lives.'
During this time Refuge had a number of cruising additions including a generator, colour TV, new wardrobe of sails, electrics and heater. The Timms cruised the yacht extensively including a trip to Alaska in 1987 for which a large canvas cockpit tent was fitted. The next year they moved to Australia and at great expense shipped Refuge to Melbourne. In 1992 she sailed from Melbourne to Adelaide.
The following year she was sold to David Row in Adelaide. David was involved in the Bosnian conflict and it appears that he remained there after the conflict and as a result the yacht deteriorated badly with little or no maintenance.
In early 1997 she was badly damaged at her mooring when a power boat lost control and rammed her stern. The stern was a write-off, the mizzen badly damaged and hull planks were sprung. Quality repairs were made by the well-known Searles boatyard in Adelaide. Mass Hannen, a Swedish boat builder at Searles, purchased the yacht from the insurance company handling the yachts claim.
Maas carried our significant restoration and repair work which included splining the hull above the waterline and installing the current diesel motor. As a testament to the quality of his workmanship 16 years later the hull has not moved and the top-sides, with 12-year-old 2-pack paint, is still in unmarked condition.
Maas cruised and raced the yacht in Adelaide which included winning the 1997 Port Adelaide to Port Lincoln race against larger yachts much newer designs.
In 2002 Greg Campbell purchased the yacht, the hull of which was still only bearing undercoat from Maas' repairs. Greg had the yacht professionally painted and changed the name to 'Trim' after Mathew Flinders' cat and in recognition of that year's bi-centenary circumnavigation of Australia by the pair. Greg kept the yacht in good order adding new sails, covers, rigging, electronics, fuel system, hull repairs and fittings. He cruised 'Trim' in the St Vincent Gulf and Kangaroo Island waters.
Phil Atkins, the current custodian of Trim, purchased the boat in 2012 and returned her to Melbourne that same year. The yacht is a delight to sail both racing and cruising and shows no vices both up and down wind. Off the wind she looks a treat with spinnaker, mizzen staysail and spinnaker staysail flying. She is often described as the prettiest yacht on the Bay.
Included in her recent race records are the Australian and New Zealand Classic Cups, and the SYC Classic Centenary cup. For her size and age she is still surprisingly quick, reflecting her design heritage.