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Brochure from Pionier Faltbootwerf

Date: 1950
Medium: Ink on paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Nancy Jean Steele Bequest
Object Name: Brochure
Object No: ANMS0538[032]

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    • Translated – pages 1 to 3, history of the company, technical details] Pionier Post [Retailer Newsletter] 3/50 Bad Toelz March, 1950 Pennant: 25 years ; 1925-1950 Dear Business Associates! PIONIER Shipyard for Collapsible Boats is 25 years old! We have been building PIONIER collapsible boats for the past 25 years. We started off as a small and modest business, with little money yet plenty of courage and trust in our future. All savings were put into the development of the company. In 1931 an extensive fire in our factory destroyed the results of many years of hard work and labour. However, the excellent PIONIER reputation survived, allowing us to start again from scratch, tough and undeterred. For years the war kept us from pursuing our proper work. The subsequent collapse [of the entire country] as well as the lack of material for building the boats led to a prolonged involuntary break. And the currency reform weakened the ever important working capital. In spite of all that: here we are again! And one could add: as ready as ever! We have the best machines, clean and ready for operation, set up in well lit and freshly painted rooms. The appropriate materials, available in peace-times, are arriving and we are filling up our stocks with selected articles. The whole company is pulsing with new life. Unchanged, however, throughout the past 25 years, has remained our firm intention not to rest until we are absolutely certain that all our PIONIER products have given our customers the highest possible level of satisfaction regarding quality, utility and aesthetics. Our reliable and long-term working colleagues have contributed substantially to our good reputation. They demonstrated exceptional interest in the success of our work. The following is a brief statistic that indicates the rare attachment of our employees to the company: Employee for at least 25 years: 6.7% of staff Employee for over 20 years: 26.7% of staff Employee for over 10 50.0% of staff Page 2: Accordingly, 83.4% of staff have been working for over 10 years in our company. Most of all, we must thank the many loyal colleagues amongst the sports article retailers who tirelessly participated in the sale of our PIONIER products, some of whom starting from our very first year, and who introduced many thousands of customers to PIONIER boats. We have already entered the jubilee year and we are looking forward to successful results. We have done everything humanly possible to accommodate requirements for prompt and impeccable delivery. So, dear business associate, if you support us as reliably as you have in the past, our strong belief in a better future is sure to become reality. And now to some interesting facts: 1. Boat Shapes etc. Due to a number of customer queries about the shape of collapsible boats, their stability, speed, and potential use for sailing, we have compiled the following overview, which might be of service when dealing with customers. Every shape of a vessel, independent of whether it is that of an ocean liner or a small collapsible boat, is constructed according to a so-called lines plan, that has been designed to accommodate the particular purpose of the vessel. Based on the lines plan, the expert is able to predict the seaworthiness of a vessel’s body. The key characteristics pertaining to a boat’s shape are: 1. Stability; 2. Speed; 3. Carrying capacity; 4. Behaviour in rough seas; 5. Sailing performance Stability and speed are two characteristics that always lie in opposition to one another, and therefore every vessel body constitutes a compromise solution. If you want a particularly fast boat, you will have to give up stability and vice versa. If you want to emphasise stability in a boat (here we are only talking about the lateral stability required to provide security against capsizing), you need the following: a) Large width of boat; Main frame (midship frame) in a pronounced “U”-shape To increase speed you require the following: a) Minimise width of boat; b) A circular, or even better: “V”-shaped main frame (minimised area of friction!) Page 3: It is completely irrelevant whether the boat’s skeleton has a keel, or two ledges joined together to form the platform, as both models can be assembled to create either a particularly stable, or particularly fast main frame. In line with the principle of “safety first” our PIONIER collapsible boats are primarily made to be seaworthy and stable leisure craft, rather than to be used for racing. Nonetheless, due to our particularly well thought-out design we have achieved a very easy movement through the water allowing many PIONIER boaters to win in races over boats that were made solely for the purpose of racing. It is this sleek design, which plays a key role in leading even the non-expert to unconsciously perceive the shape of our boats as beautiful. Whilst the two characteristics mentioned first are mainly determined by the form of the submerged part of the boat, the boat’s carrying capacity and its performance in rough seas depend more on its shape above water. In order to achieve a high carrying capacity you need a certain minimum freeboard i.e. the height of the sidewall above the water. Yet that height should not be exaggerated, as it could otherwise impede proper paddling. A freeboard that is too high also contributes considerably to an increase in the boat’s empty weight, and it makes the boat hard to manoeuvre, particularly in crosswind conditions. After all, a collapsible boat is not meant to be a river barge. Good performance, i.e. safe performance in rough seas and whitewater has been achieved through a number of tricks applied to the design of the body, which would be too lengthy to discuss here. A key factor is the shape of stem and stern-post. The proven PIONIER stems and stern-posts are metal constructions which ensure that there is exact correspondence between stem and stern-post shape and the lines plan, and that oncoming and tail water generate no eddies at the boat’s bow or stern.. Another key feature is the raised foredeck, to protect against waves, and the design of the washboard that effectively keeps waves and spray from entering the opening for the passenger, even without the protective cover being used. The sailing performance of the collapsible boat, which was primarily designed for kayaking, will always be inferior to that of proper sailing boats, such as a keel-centre-board yawls, dinghies etc, because it is too long for its width. Accordingly, when tacking it doesn’t easily cross over the stay, i.e. it is more difficult to turn with it. Further, sailing a collapsible boat requires [illegible, something like: “additional physical skills”], as the pressure caused by the sail has to be neutralised by transferring the body weight. Still, the PIONIER twin-seater “520 Z” can manage all its rigging (6 sqm) if sailed by a capable sailor, due to its well-dimensioned side-boards and the stability of its frame. In that sense it provides a challenge, in particular to the younger sportsman, to demonstrate his agility by parrying approaching wind gusts while in a relatively lissom boat. Page 4: The PIONIER dinghy 350 D is a different case, as it was designed as a sailing boat from the outset, and cannot be used for kayaking. This boat sails just as well as any keel-centre-board yawl with a solid body. Applying the slightest pressure to the tiller will cause it to cross over stay and when tacking it will lie high in the wind. The sails cause no problem for the dinghy due to its width of 1.25m, and accordingly, sailing it requires far less agility compared with sailing a collapsible boat.

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