In Festival Boats 2018

Flygburen is a Tumlare designed by Knud Reimers in the early 1930s. One of Reimers first and most notable designs, the Tumlaren established Reimers as a designer of gorgeous boats combining beauty, grace and function. Flygburen was built by Andy McConkey with the assistance of his father Richard in their yard in Kirkland, WA. They finished the boat in 1994, eight years after purchasing the plans directly from Knud Reimers. She is quite unique among Tumlaren in that her hull of cold molded of Western Red Cedar making her light, strong and without the maintenance fuss of a planked hull. The toe rails, cockpit coaming and house sides are all Honduran Mahogany while the deck is plywood. Spars of Sitka Spruce add to the elegance of this beauty. The interior is fitted out with a small galley that includes an alcohol stove as well as very generous sleeping accomodations for two.

Andy sailed her in the Puget Sound and San Juan Islands until 2013 when Mark Bickford (current owner) purchased her. A complete refit ensued comprising new hardware (much of it lovely bronze from Port Townsend Foundry), new cushions for the interior, new cockpit floor and bench, new toe rails, new electrical system, new bilge system, new boom and a completely refinished mast with hardware upgrades. The standing and running rigging was also replaced. Her sail loft includes a new main, genoa and jib (Jib and Genoa flown from the Harken Mark IV roller furler) made by NW Sails in Port Townsend as well as an asymmetric spinnaker.

Flygburen is a delight to behold and to sail!