Tilting pillars to build Ebihen 15/16

When building an Ebihen, Icarai boatbuilder had the idea to assemble the boat structure upright, and then turn over the hull for planking. Then, the boat is suspended to two pillars, allowing for tilting it on either sides, allowing a more confortable work. Up to now, this method was explained in my plan, but leaving […]

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Richelieu 16 - Louis Ducharme

Atelier Nautique Richelieu, Canada

Louis Ducharme, Atelier Nautique Richelieu, is a new partner. Located near Montreal, Quebec, he is able to build “VivierBoats”, as well as provides CNC cut plywood kits. Our cooperation started with the Richelieu 16, an electrically driven launch, based on the same hull lines than my well known Ebihen 16, with a totally redesigned cockpit. […]

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Skol ar Mor launching, January 2016

Skol ar Mor is a high-level school, training traditional marine carpenters. During the 2 years course, the apprentices are building several boats, in order to learn various wooden boat techniques. In January, the school launch boats built during the first half-year, generally small boats. A team of 3 was in charge of each boat. In […]

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Gabian: a lateen rigged boat

For many years, I had in mind to draw a Mediterranean boat, named pointu or barquette on the French Med coast. Michel Aubert, living in the countryside near Fréjus and Cannes, gave me the chance. As most of my designs, I did not try to draw a true replica of a given traditional boat, but […]

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Morbic 12 built by Ben Ullings, The Nederlands

New Morbic 12 for sale

This Morbic 12 has been built by the boatbuilder Ben Ullings in the Netherland. She is built with Bruynzeel Oukume First Grade Marineply. The wood for gunwales, thwarts, etc. is mahogany. Mast and spars are made of Yellow Cedar, which is very light and strong. The helm is made of ash. Sole and garboard are epoxy/glass sheeted. She comes […]

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Swedish clinker dinghy for sale

Stella maris est un canot à clins, en chêne massif verni, construit par Evald Olsson (Suède) en 1989. Il est en bon état, vernis refait récemment, gréement de sloup au tiers. Longueur 4 ,86 m, largeur 1,77 m, tirant d’eau 0,30 cm, remorque de route 2007, pompe de cale électrique neuve, taud hivernage, avirons. Visible en Loire-atlantique (France, Nantes […]

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Three fingers down!

“… I received the plan of the boat. We started with my son in early August the construction by the building frame. We were proud of ourselves and result. We then start cutting the hull parts. Everything was going well when …. 3 fingers down. Emmergency, ambulance, hospital, fingers transplantation. 6 days of waiting and anxiety […]

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Ross Cameron and Ilur at Southampton boatbuiding show 2015

Ross Cameron, UK

I am happy to welcome a new partner, Ross Cameron. After a career in biotechnology, Ross makes a boatbuilding training at the International Boatbuilding Training College [IBTC] in Lowestoft. Then he worked on various boat-building projects before setting up Cameron boat builder. He specialises in the construction of new boats such as those designed by Francois Vivier, using […]

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Jewell, trailable gaff yawl, launched in Australia

Fontana is the first Jewell built in Australia by Tony O’Connor, my partner in this country. He writes “the wind was very gusty that day so I used the first reef, but even so she flew along…  once we had tuned the rig, she was really fast but really light on the helm and very responsive, an […]

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Runabout 16'6'' built by Skol ar Mor

16′ 6” runabout for sale

This runabout has been built by Skol ar Mor, the famous French wooden boatbuilding school. She is a replica of “Sunray”, an american runabout drawn by Seattle designer Edwin Monk in 1932. Length: 5.03 m, Breadth: 1.52 m. She is delivered with a Suzuki outboard (30 hp) and a trailer. Oak frames over a mahogany backbone. Hull planking, deck, […]

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Welcome to this new web site

12 years ago, I gave you my first appointment on the web. Now I welcome you to this new web site. It allows me to post many pieces of valuable information, month after month, and most importantly it gives you the ability to make your comments and exchange ideas. I have now a “shop” page […]

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Requin neuf “Skol ar Mor” à vendre

Pour la première fois depuis 40 ans, Skol ar Mor, école de charpente navale traditionnelle localisée à Mesquer (Loire-Atlantique) a construit un Requin bois au cours de l’année 2014-2015. Ce magnifique bateau a été présenté au public fin juillet 2015 et est proposé à la vente. L’acheteur pourra choisir le gréement (mât bois ou alu) […]

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Woodtec Boats, Greece

Woodtec Boats is a new partner. We have signed an agreement in augist 2015. Woodtec Boats was founded by two enthusiastic builders/sailors, Nikos and Thanassis, specializes in building high quality wooden boats (sail or power) using modern wood-epoxy methods. (more…)

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BKR, Peter Tatarinov, Russia

Peter Tatarinov is a new partner in 2015. Located near the Baikal lake, he is able to build wooden boats as well as providing CNC cut plywood kits. He uses mostly birch plywood which is very stiff and a good choice for modern wooden boatbuilding. (more…)

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Duckworksmagazine, USA

Duckworksmagazine is firstly a web magazine with plenty of posts for home builders and small boats users. Chuck Leinweber was my first representative in the USA, selling my plans as well as from many other boat designers. Duckworksmagazine is also a boat builder’s supplier with a very full on-line catalog, including fittings, epoxy, paint, ropes, sailmaking, etc… P.O. […]

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Arwen Marine

Emmanuel Conrath founded Arwen Marine a few years ago, to market plywood-epoxy boats kits. Actually, he is the French representative of Chesapeake Light Craft ( CLC), USA, who is probably the first boats kits sellers in the world. The Arwen Marine best seller is the Skerry. 55 Skerries are already sailing in France in September 2015. Emmanuel […]

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Photos of the Skiff World Championships 2013 in Loch Broom Scotland  by Steven Gourlay Photography

Jordan Boats, United Kingdom

Alec Jordan (Jordan Boats) is specialized in CNC plywood cutting. He works with several boats designers and is leader in UK. In particular, he has contributed to the development of the St Ayles skiff, a sea rowing boats drawn by Iain Oughtred. This boat is extremely successful, with many races organised in different countries. 200 kits of […]

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Ben Ullings, The Netherlands

Ben Ullings is a builder of handmade wooden boats. He has built several Seil 18 and also others boats on my design: Morbic 10, Morbic 12, Ilur and recently a Jewell. Boats are beautifully built, with a lot of brightwork as per Dutch tradition. All boats may be customize as per customer wishes. In 2015, 3 […]

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Bounty, 16′ motorboat

Designed to navigate with a motor, the Bounty motor is different from the sailing boat by the absence of a centerboard and rudder. The transom is foreseen to house either an outboard or a small electric motor. The batteries will be located in the center of the boat and the connecting cables are concealed in the […]

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Bounty, 16′ sailboat

Sailing boat, the Bounty will, before anything else, be a pleasant boat. Swift and easy to rig, a quarter of an hour will be needed to pass from road to sailing conditions. An easy sailing rigging and a simple and efficient rigging accessories will allow the Bounty to reach good performances. Suitable for river navigation, […]

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O’Connor Wooden Boats, Australia

With over 20 years experience in wooden boat building and repair, Tony is pleased to discuss any aspect of Wooden boat construction, mast and spar construction and repair, as well as outfitting boats of all construction types. Tony O’Connor is delighted to be the Australian builder for Francois Vivier’s gaff yawl Jewell and is the authorised supplier […]

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Clint Chase, USA

In 2010, Clint Chase became my partner in the USA, as I was seeking for somebody able to market CNC cut kits. In 2011, Clint came in France and participated aboard my Pen-Hir to the Morbihan Week, a huge traditional boats gathering in France. In 2012, he joined “The Landing School” as a marine carpentry […]

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Jeanne J, chaloupe de Noirmoutier

Hull length: 9.40 m Breadth: 3.10 m Displacement : 10.7 t Sail area : 77 m² Noirmoutier is an island located just south of river Loire mouth. Due mainly to salt marshes, Noirmoutier has been for many centuries an important center of maritime trade and fishing. Jeanne J is a replica of the traditional boats which were very […]

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Pierre-Yves de la Rivière

Grand-Largue, France

Grand-Largue est mon partenaire historique. Cela a commencé avec le premier Stir Ven en 1998. C’est avec Pierre-Yves de la Rivière que nous avons fait les premiers pas vers la découpe numérique du contreplaqué et d’autres techniques nouvelles pour la construction de bateaux en bois-époxy. Grand-Largue propose des bateaux barre en main, des kits, des […]

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Stefan Lauckenmann, Germany

Stefan represents myself as well as Grand-Largue Boat-builder in Germany, Austria and German-speaking Switzerland. He is himself owner of an Ebihen 16 built by Icarai. Therefore, he is able to advise German buyers or builders. He translates some plans in German, for home builders not familiar with French or English. He helped Grand-Largue to be present […]

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Avant que les temps modernes ne viennent tout bouleverser, les petites embarcations, qu’elles soient de pêche, de service ou de plaisance, étaient propulsées à la voile ou à l’aviron. Les deux coexistaient car un voilier a toujours besoin d’un moyen de se déplacer quand le vent manque et un canot à l’aviron, sauf en eaux […]

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Plaisance traditionnelle

La navigation de plaisance est déjà fort ancienne. On a retrouvé à Gokstad une magnifique embarcation viking à 2 paires d’avirons, dont la finesse de ligne et les performances n’en font clairement pas un bateau de travail. Depuis ses origines jusqu’à nos jours, la plaisance recouvre une infinie diversité de bateaux, obéissant à l’approche esthétique […]

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Enez Koalen, Homardier de Loguivy

Heritage boats

Stone constructions like houses, churches, castles, monuments, can withstand centuries and even milleniums. But wooden boats can’t live for such a long time, they can live for an average of 50 years and even less for working boats. Working sail boats disappeared during the first half of the 20th century. Steam trawlers were the first […]

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Hewes & Company, Maine, USA

Marine Projects Manager (Hewes & Company), Gardner Pickering, has spent 18 years in sail and powerboat construction yards as lead carpenter, boat boss & project manager. Hewesco (Hewes & Company) offers a variety of services to the marine industry and in particular CNC cutting. I started my cooperation with Gardner Pickering in 2013. Hewesco is […]

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