The first half of his life was marked by economic crises and war. But despite all obstacles, he fought for his dream of having his own design office. With great success. Around 1,200 sailing yachts came from his pen. Nevertheless, only a few people remember his name today. Who was this man and where has his trace gone?
Oehlmann's professional career began in the tough post-war period of the twenties. As an apprentice at a Hamburg shipyard, he got to know small shipbuilding and began to rave about Max Oertz's designs. He began to design himself, and at the age of 29, the freshly qualified shipbuilding engineer had his first success with the 50 sea cruiser Scharhörn. His luck seemed perfect when he was hired as a department head at Abeking and Rasmussen just before World War II.
But the professional career is shaken several times by the events of the time. After the war, Oehlmann makes a living with his family of six as farm workers. But things will soon be uphill. The engineer, who has also been able to call himself a master boat builder since 1948, went through several professional stations before setting up as an independent designer in 1954.
Today it is difficult to gauge how risky it was at the time to sit down in the rented office space and get started with just one order. Oehlmann only succeeds in taking this step because he soon receives a major long-term order for the German Navy. For boats, most of which are still in use today.
How did it go on? Read for yourself. In the new yacht classic.
The life story of Oehlmann not only provides deep insights into classic yacht building in Germany, but also into the life and work of an almost forgotten master of his craft.
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