The Albin Ballad is a heavy displacement cruiser/racer designed by Rolf Magnusson and built by Albin Marine between 1971 and 1981. The design was based on the Joker 30, an out and out racer, adding in all of the comforts required for family cruising. She is a hardy and dependable ‘go anywhere’ design, very heavily built and yet still very fast.
There were 1,500 made in the ten years of production which puts her in the ten most built yachts in Sweden!
Below are some resources which I have found useful during owning Triola, these are not my own copyright and the authors solely own their content.
- Ballad Handbook
- Round Britain in a Ballad
- Yachts & Yachting ’73 article.
- Albin Ballad Brochure
- Albin Marketing
- Albin Marketing 2
- A very good Albin Ballad presentation by Barbro Eriksson of the Swedish Ballad Club
- Yachtsnet has a good write up on the Ballad (even if the interior is a questionable shade of yellow…)
- Line drawings of the Ballad (thanks to the Swedish Ballad Club)
- Deck plan of the Ballad (thanks to the Swedish Ballad Club)
- A second deck plan of the Ballad (thanks to the Swedish Ballad Club)
- Plan of the 5 berth interior of the Ballad (thanks to the Swedish Ballad Club)
- Plan of the 6 berth interior of the Ballad (thanks to the Swedish Ballad Club)
- Data about the Albin Ballad on sailboatdata.com
Note: The below are copyright to IPC media, you can buy these and more from the IPC copyshop (it really is a great service, so if you are interested in the below, please buy the articles from the above link).
- Our own article in Yachting Monthly about sailing with our son, Thomas, when he was four months old.
- An original 1973 review of the Albin Ballad
- A one page Albin Ballad Magazine Article
- A single column about the Ballad
Fellow Ballad Owners Websites
- Auriga – A Ballad raising money for the Tall Ships Youth Trust.
- Cracklin Rosie – Ballad No 73 – Around Britain!
- Amilia III – a Dutch Ballad (a fabulous and detailed website)
- Bennath – a Canadian Ballad (a great project, some amazing photos)
- Sophina – a Swedish Ballad
- Zoro – an English Ballad
- s/y Cita
- Bjorns Bilder
- Papa Blondie (around the world, Swedish)
- Vitalia, through the French canals to the Med
- Wasa, to the Caribbean & back (Swedish)
- Balladamen, again Swedish only…
- Bifrost, Ballad 179 (Danish)
- Tam Tam
- s/y Blues
- s/y Joy
- s/y Love
- s/y Nette
- s/y Balu _ (Youtube Channel)
- Mit Uhuru um die Welt (Google Maps)
- Regia II
- Joker 30, Kitalita
- Joker 30, Larhaf 2