The history and heritage of Nord Star boatmaking

The history and heritage of Nord Star boatmaking

The basic concept of Linex-Boat Oy, nourished in the company by the Lindkvist family, is traditional Central-Ostrobothnian quality combined with a modern production-oriented thinking.

Sivert Lindkvist started building wooden fishing- and workboats in the 1920s. When his sons Rude and Sven came along, they started to make leisure boats using also fiberglass as a material. Today, Rude’s son Olli Lindkvist – a third generation boat builder – is in charge of the company.

Rude and Sivert Lindkvist Rude and Sivert Lindkvist

An evolving Family tradition

The Lindkvists have built over 4000 GRP-boats in the 6–15 m class, including leisure-, work-, official- and lifeboats.

The present Nord Star collection embodies the entire know-how accumulated by the family over the years. The modern production facilities of Linex Boat, the modern molding techniques and motivated personnel make Nord Star Patrol a strong and stylish boat for the demanding customer.

Boatbuilding in Finland’s Ostrobothnia

Kokkola, like all of the Swedish-speaking coastal areas of Ostrobothnia, has for centuries been an area for ship and boat construction. From these parts of Finland, the peasants left sailing for Stockholm, and from there they left for the oceans of the world, as craftsmen on schooners and frigates.

The Ostrobothnia area at the turn of the 20th century The Ostrobothnia area at the turn of the 20th century

The people that live on the coast have learned to coexist with the sea. Many fishermen built their own fishing boats, and as their knowledge in boatbuilding grew, so did their reputation as skilled boat builders.

This happened to Sivert Lindkvist, who had a reputation of being a skillful constructor. He was asked to make boats for others and from there on decided to do only this.

Sivert’s legacy and the thrill of speed

Sivert’s knowledge was passed on to his son Rude, but boys will be boys, and as well as boatbuilding Rude was interested in speed. Rude was very fond of racing with boats and for this reason he specialized in fast boats.

Nowadays when you see an old wooden boat "snipa", from which you can hear the familiar sound of an old Olympia motor, it almost brings a tear to one's eye.

”The fact that you still see these boats, built decades ago, is a reassurance of the profound care with which these boats are built and maintained here”, says Olli Lindkvist, managing director of Linex Boat Oy, and the son of Rude.

Olli began boatbuilding in the fiberglass era. Maybe the next generation will look back and remember how their fathers built boats out of fiberglass.

  • Timeline

  • 1920

    Lindkvist of Central Ostrobothnia starts building wooden fishing and work boats.

  • 1947

    Sivert’s son Rude joins the family business. Work boats become larger, e.g. for harbor use.

  • 1959

    Rude’s racing boat travels an astonishing 55 knots.

  • 1968

    Rude completes his habitable Daycruiser that covers 40 knots. Rude’s son Olli helps with the boat building.

  • 1984

    The first fiberglass boat in the range, Sea Star 660 DC Cabin, is completed. Olli joins the company.

  • 1992

    The company starts the production of Waterman lifeboats.

  • 1998

    The manufacture of the Nord Star molds starts.

  • 2000

    Linex-Boat starts to conquer the world – the first Nord Star boat is sold in Sweden.

  • 2003

    New models in the Nord Star range: Nord Stars 24, 26, 28 and 31. Simon, Olli’s son, joins the test rides as second skipper and participates at fairs.

  • 2008

    New models in the Nord Star range: Nord Stars 32, 34, 37 and 40. Olli is selected as the best executive in Finland in 2008.

  • 2010

    Simon joins the team as a boat designer.

  • 2014

    Simon becomes a partner. The first outboard models in the Nord Star range.

  • 2016

    Launch of the new Nord Star 47 SCY.

  • And the journey continues…

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