Great Dane 28 Teist

Our boat Teist

Teist is build on the Sandersen Plastic boats shipyard in 1975. My dad and I bought Teist in 2016 and fell totally in love the moment we saw her.

Teist GD28 number 197 changed name with its privies owner from Gaudamus to Teist in 2014.
My dad and I bought Teist in 2016 from Iakob Olrik. We have decided to keep the name Teist.

Iakob Olrik named the boat after the bird named Tejst or Teist – spelt in Swedish. The inspiration came from many trips to the Island Hallands Väderö where the Teist – in English Tystie – breeds in small colonies and nest in cliffs ability or the stone blocks.

The relatively short period of time Olrik owned Teist, he did a great job renovating the boat. From a long list of things he upgraded the engine from the original Volvo Penta 9 MHP to a brand new Yanmar 3YM20 21 MHP engine with new diesel tank. He also bought a new Genoa.

Teist mooring at the little nature harbor at Hallands Väderö

The Great Dane 28

The following paragraphs is taken from the site. The great Dane club is really a great place to visit, so please pay the site a visit.

The Great Dane 28 was inspired both by the Folkboat and the Sisu Spidsgatter. She looks rather similar to the Twister (in the UK), but both her hull and complete coachroof/deck mouldings have always been made of GRP.

The cockpit coamings, wash-boards, hatches and locker-tops are of teak and her transom-hung rudder extends the full depth from transom to keel. The propeller is sited in a cut-out of the rudder, giving it maximum protection from fouling. The long keel of encapsulated lead gives her a low centre of gravity and a 46% ballast ratio. The cut-away forefoot reduces some of the maneuverability difficulties traditionally associated with long-keeled boats in tight spaces. The off-centre heavy teak main hatch slides on brass rails and the companionway is of a comfortable width and depth. Moving from cockpit to saloon is safe and made easy by the steps covering the forward end of the engine. The engine is also accessed by removing the cockpit sole.

Below decks, there is just over 6 ft headroom in the saloon (1.8 m). The layout varies, but a dinette to port was the standard in the boat built before 1970. This converts to a small double berth and there is a galley and quarter berth to starboard, with foot space below the starboard cockpit seat. The generous use of teak below decks gives a warm, traditional appearance. The heads (to port) and hanging locker (to starboard) separate the saloon from the forward cabin with its V-berth, which has large lockers beneath it. The forepeak contains the anchor chain.

In the more recently built boats, the dinette at port side has been changed into a longitudinal table and a L-shape sofa that can also be transformed into a double berth. With another sofa at starboard, the galley is in the rear of that saloon. The cockpit coamings are made of fibreglass and the forehatch made of aluminium and acrylated hatch.

The boats history

Almost 60 years ago a young Dane sailed his Dragon class racing dinghy into Bronze Medal position in the 1948 Olympic Games. These were the first Olympic Games held after WW II, and the sailing events were held in Torbay, south west England. That young man went on to build many boats, the most famous being the Great Dane 28: his name was Klaus Baess.


The ketch rigged prototype, named Great Dane, was built in wood around 1960. Baess then approached Aage Utzon, designer of the legendary class Spidsgatter for advice. Utzon drew the hull and suggested modifications, including rigging the boat as a sloop and attached his name to it as designer, as a mark of endorsement. When Baess went to the London Boat Show in 1967, the GD28 was then marketed in the UK through the Carl Ziegler Agency in Walton on Thames. The hull was made from hand-laid fibreglass to Lloyd’s specifications and the customer could choose between wooden or aluminium spars and between the Volvo MD 1 or MD 2.

In 1969 Baess sailed the GD 28 into first place in the Yachting World One-of-a-Kind Rally, beating nearly 30 other boats of between 25 ft. and 30 ft. This welcome publicity raised awareness of the GD 28 and it began to sell well. In all, over 250 Great Dane 28s were built between 1966 and 1980 when the moulds were chopped and burnt as Baess felt the time of the GD28 over.

There were, of course, modifications made as production continued, particularly to the lay-out below decks, but the overall appearance changed very little- low freeboard, sweet lines and plenty of teak in the cockpit giving a classic appearance.

Thanks to Juliette from Tauala for the text. The photo shows Aage Utzon, a boat builder Brandt Møller and Klauss Baess discussing the GD28 (approx. 1965?)