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1951 Custom Gösta Kyntzell Yawl

Annapolis, Maryland


MILAN was hand crafted in the Wilenius Shipyard in Porvoo, Finland, a town on the south coast on the Baltic Sea. The Wilenius yard was established in 1932 and to this day specializes in building new as well as restoring beautiful wooden boats. Their workmanship is well known in their region and, plying the waters they do, their boats are rock solid and strong. MILAN is a good example of this. She is strong, elegant, and simple, her shear a joy to behold, graceful and powerful lines. She is a sailor’s sailboat, built for the simple joy of sailing and without all the frills one sees on boats today.            

Originally named FERNANDA, MILAN was commissioned in the style of classic racing sloops of her day and designed by Gösta Kyntzell for Sten Grönblom, an engineer from Finland. The original drawing of FERNANDA is at the Porvo Museum in Finland.

Sten sailed her from 1951 until around 1955, at which point he sold it to a German dentist. It was in Germany that MILAN was converted from a sloop to a yawl.  The dentist owned it until 1974, at which point he sold it to the current owner’s parents. She served their family well and the children grew up exploring the oceans on board MILAN. That love of the sea and those childhood memories had an impact, as the current owner purchased the boat from his parents in 1998. In 2002 he sailed it to America and Annapolis. 

Since then, he has had Yacht Maintenance Company,a reknowned yard in Cambridge, Maryland, maintain it for him every year. Time marches on for all of us and, with 48 years of sailing on MILAN, it is time to hand his custodianship of her over to her next caretaker. 

You can sail her as she has been for the last 72 years or give her a makeover to your own desires. You are starting with a clean palate on a fine platform. She belongs to a select few who appreciate classic wooden boats. If this pulls at your heartstrings and makes your pulse quicken just a little, call and make an appointment to see MILAN today!   

Basic Boat Info

Tax Status: Paid
Make: Custom
Model: Gösta Kyntzell Yawl
Year: 1951
Condition: Used
Category: Sail
Builder: Wilnius Shipyard
Designer: Gösta Kyntzell
Construction: Wood
Boat Hull ID: PREHIN271551
Has Hull ID: Yes
Keel Type: Full Keel


Length: 51 ft
Length Overall: 50'8 ft
Waterline Length: 38'10 ft
Beam: 10'10 ft
Max Draft: 8'1 ft
Bridge Clearance: 61 ft
Single Berths: 4
Double Berths: 1
Cabins Count: 1

Engines / Speed

Engines: 1
  • Make: Beta Marine
  • Model: 90
  • Fuel: Diesel
  • Engine Power: 90hp
  • Type: Inboard
  • Propeller Type: 3 BladeBronze
  • Engine Location: Center
  • Drive Type: V
  • Year: 2005
  • Engine Hours: 711


Fuel Tanks: 2
Fuel Tank Capacity: 38 gal
Fuel Tank Material: Steel
Water Tank Capacity: 50 gal
Holding Tank Count: 1
Holding Tank Capacity: 25 gal
Holding Tank Material: Stainless-steel


Heads Count: 1
Drive Type: V
Boat Class: Antique And Classics, Racers, Yawl


Dave van den Arend, CPYB
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A substantial refit was undertaken in Germany in 1998, prior to her trip to the US. At that time, the interior was redone, a hatch was added to the salon, the forward cabin was added, a door was added to the forward locker and cabinets were added in the deck house. 

Forward stateroom:  Starting forward is a massive storage locker for cordage, anchors, fenders, etc. This space is accessed from a hatch on deck and an access panel in the forward stateroom. Beneath the access panel are a top loading locker and three drawers.

On starboard is a 77” x 31” x 48” Pullman berth. The cushion lays on staving slats for ventilation and locker space beneath; currently that is storing sail bags. There is a flip-up leeboard mounted beneath the berth- easy to implement for secure sleeping underway. 

Across on port is a 40” long settee; there is storage beneath and behind the cushions. A full height hanging locker is aft of that. In the rear of the hanging locker are a pair of shelves.

Both hullsides have white staving finishing them. Headroom is 6’2”. There are four 6” round portlights in the hull, an 8” overhead portlight and an overhead hatch with fixed portlight. A small LED strip light serves as a reading light and a 12v. fan provides ventilation.

Salon:  MILAN’s salon takes you back to the days where sailing ships were simple, functional, and elegant. White paneling and locker doors are trimmed out with gloss varnish hardwoods, plank hardwood floors and textiles that are both functional and classic. Heavy varnished beams line the overhead. 

The dinette is offset to starboard, allowing unrestricted access forward. The drop leaves are offset commensurate with it’s positioning in the space. Raise just the starboard leaf for a couple to dine or raise both leaves and you can seat four easily and six a bit more snugly. There is storage beneath the top of the table. The opposing settees are each 6’ long and have storage beneath the seats. Each of the seat backs can swing up to provide bunk berthing; the lower bunks fitted with lee cloths and the upper berths with flip-up lee boards. There is storage behind the seat backs; above them are four drop-front door lockers and fiddled bookshelves on either side. 

Aft of the settees on either side is a shorter seating area, each with storage beneath the seat and shelving storage behind the seat back. The port side is 36” long and has double doored locker storage above it. The starboard side is shorter at 17”, due to the head area aft of it. There is a single doored locker above it. 

Headroom in here is 6’1”, though the space feels much larger. There are four round hullside portlights, an overhead hatch and two overhead lights.     

Head:  As you enter the head, the toilet is straight ahead of you, with the sink off to your left. There is a locker with shelves beneath the sink and counter space around and behind the sink and head. Overhead is shelving with rail fiddles. There is one fixed and one strip light. Headroom is 5’10” in here.

Nav station:  The nav area is in the deck house, directly inside and along the port side of the space. An eight-foot-long countertop runs along the hullside the length of the deckhouse. Starting at the aft end is a top loading dry bin, followed by a long chart table lid with storage beneath. Underneath are lockers the entire length of the counter. Above the counter at the forward end is a locker with a shelf.

Galley:  The galley is located in the deck house, directly inside and on starboard. A countertop runs the full width of the deckhouse, with the sinks are oriented facing aft and offset to starboard. There are removable panels beneath the counter along the centerline for access to the engine and batteries; a single-door locker is beneath the sinks. Outboard of the sinks is a top-loading dry storage bin, with dish organizer racks above that. 

Moving around and along the hullside is the stove, with a drop-front door locker beneath it for storage of pots and pans. A stack of four drawers is located to the left of the stove, with a mug rack mounted above the counter at the forward end. There are two round hullside ports over the counter.

The entire deckhouse is well lit, with four hullside lights, six large, fixed lights and three 12v. light fixtures. Six teak grab rails provide good handholds within easy reach. Headroom is 6’3” in here, so overall the space feels quite large.

  • Herreshoff style interior 
  • White paneling and ceiling
  • Gloss varnished wood trim and overhead beams
  • Plank flooring boards
  • Double round stainless-steel sinks
  • Manual freshwater pump
  • Taylors 2-burner kerosene stove with oven
  • Top-loading dry bin
  • Dish organizer
  • Round polished stainless-steel sink
  • Fresh water foot pump
  • Lavac marine head
  • 30 gallon holding tank
Water Systems
  • 50-gallon freshwater tank
  • Manual water pressure system
  • Two manual bilge pumps
Hull and Deck
  • Nordic fir plank hullsides
  • Oak framing members
  • Spruce overhead joists
  • Teak decks
  • Teak cockpit grate
  • Deck mounted locker behind mizzen mast
  • Raised bulwarks
  • Bulwark mounted stanchions
  • 26” high double wire lifelines
  • Teak grab rails on housetop
  • Single stainless steel bow roller
  • 33kg Rocna anchor
  • 50kg Storm stock anchor 
  • 20kg Danforth anchor
  • Approx. 200' of anchor chain
  • Approx. 250' of anchor rode
  • Five cockpit lockers
Sails and Rigging
  • Yawl rigged sail plan
  • Double spreader aluminum mast & wooden boom
  • Aluminum deck stepped mizzen mast
  • Dual hank-on headstay for wing-on-wing
  • Removable inner storm jib stay
  • 1x19 wire standing rigging
  • Mainsheet track and car in cockpit with 4:1 purchase
  • Anderson #58 two-speed self-tailing primary winches (2)
  • Anderson #56 two-speed self-tailing secondary winches (2)
  • Anderson #28 two-speed self-tailing mizzen mainsheet winch
  • Anderson #46 two-speed self-tailing mainsheet winch
  • Dual headsail halyards
  • Main mast running backs
  • Mizzen mast running backs
  • Main (fair)
  • 150% Genoa (good)
  • 130% Genoa (fair)
  • 110% Jib (good)
  • Storm jib (very good)
  • Mizzen (fair)
  • Mizzen ballooner (good)
Engine and Machinery
  • Beta Marine 90hp  engine with 711 hours S/N 5A3047 EPA (’05)
  • Walter V drive transmission ('05)
  • 3--blade bronze propeller
  • 40 gallons of fuel in two tanks
  • Racor 1000 air/water separator
  • Teak and stainless-steel wheel
  • Plaath compass
  • Phillippi-Bootselektrik 12v. electrical panels (2)
  • ProNautic 1230P 30A battery charger
  • Four Die Hard Group 31 AGM batteries (’13)
  • Blue Sea Systems starting battery switch
  • Blue Sea Systems battery combiner switch

Owner’s personal effects and any items not specifically described in this listing

Standard Disclaimer

Potential purchasers should assume that any items on the vessel at the time of viewing, but not specifically listed on this specification sheet, are not included with the sale of the yacht. These specifications are believed to be correct but cannot be guaranteed. Specifications are provided for information purposes. Data was obtained from sources believed reliable but is not guaranteed by owner or brokers. Engine hours are approximate, may be reported verbally by the seller, and are recorded at the time and date of the original listing of this vessel. Owner's use during the time of this listing may affect the total engine hours upon a prospective buyer's inspection. Buyer assumes responsibility to verify all speeds, consumptions, capacities and other measurements contained herein and otherwise provided, and agrees to instruct his/her agents or his/her surveyor to confirm such details prior to purchase. This vessel is subject to sale, price and inventory changes or withdrawal from market without notice.