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Launching at Skol ar Mor

Twice a year Skol ar Mor, a wooden boat-building school, launches the boats built by its students in the small port of Kercabellec in Mesquer, France. At the end of January, boats built during the first half of the school year are launched. On January 27, 2018, two boats were launched, a rebuilt of a […]

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Kernic, a new sail-and-oar team boat

Kernic is sail-and-oar tems boat, that is to say sized for a crew of 5 to 6 people. There is 3 rowing thwarts, two rowers in the centre thwart side by side, and then one forward and one aft. This plan was asked for by my Australian partner, Tony O’Connor, located in Perth area, for sea scouts […]

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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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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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