Edgar Gent was at the leading edge of modern building technology and used his knowledge of aircraft construction to build a boat capable of Arctic cruising. He was clearly influenced by Colin Archer’s FRAM and although constructed differently, aspects of design are echoed in JOLANTA.

His aircraft background clearly influenced the design of the boat. The aerodynamics of the rolled sheer, the moulded coachroof and rounded stemhead, gives her an aero-foil shape, with the full bow tapering off to a much finer stern. This was a boat designed for ice and sea breaking with waves just washing over the rolled decks.

The blunt bow is also classic ice breaking style, spreading the load over a wide area and pushing it under the boat rather than trying to shatter it with a fine point.

JOLANTA is not a pretty boat, but neither is she ugly. Most of all, she is purposeful and built for crossing oceans. She is a seaworthy little ship and takes Marchaj’s ideas of research into hull shapes in his book ‘Seaworthiness – the Forgotten Factor’ carried out to an extreme, making her a very safe boat.

One previous owner, himself a naval architect and former manager of Camper & Nicholson remarked that:

‘She is a boat you couldn’t possibly get into trouble with. You could roll over, do a somersault and though you might be a bit battered, she’d still be there alive and smiling.’