This last summer 2020, a new book was published, dealing with wooden boatbuilding techniques. It describes both the traditional and modern ways of building a boat, with an emphasis on small boats. The last section gives instructions as well as drawings to build a sail and oar dinghy, Mesker. She is an elegant semi-dory type […]
Since 20 years, I have been proposing CNC cutting of plywood parts to make construction easier, faster and less costly for both home or professional builders. The WoodenBoat magazine just published on his website a post named “CNC comes of age“, which I invite you to read, in particular at the end the “small craft niche”. […]
The French wooden boatbuilding school Skol ar Mor has launched seven boats in the small harbour of Kercabellec, in particular a 7 m long traditional cutter on my design.
Margus Rebane and Martin Jasko have founded a new boatyard in Estonia, JR Craftyard, name which simply takes the initials of their names. As a first achievement, they built a beautiful Ebihen 16 on my design, a boat which is also offered for sale. They propose the construction of small wooden boats with modern techniques […]
Roger Barnes is an enthusiastic defender of sail and oar sailing. Owner of an Ilur, Avel Dro, he regularly takes part in gatherings of small traditional boats, both in France and in England. He chairs the “Dinghy Cruising Association” which brings together in England those who practice cruising on very small, non-decked boats. He is […]
Bateaux sur plan Vivier lancés en 2019.
Kerisper is a 4.8m motorboat designed two years ago. She is a “motor” version of Mesker, a sail and oar dinghy. She is a little bigger, with a wider stern, to make a semi-planing hull. The first plan was bought by a home builder living near La Rochelle, France. This first unit was launched last […]
Lilou 2 is a revisited version of Lilou, the initial plan dating from 2005. The purpose of this re-design was on the one hand to improve the characteristics of the boat, especially with hull lines ensuring better stability, a water ballast to improve seaworthiness and have a light boat on the trailer, a self-draining cockpit at the […]
I propose a new design, of the semi-dory type, to be built in traditional lapstrake way. Drawing and building description are included in a special issue of the French magazine “Le Bouvet“, dédicated to wood lovers. Discover here.
Svilen Alexandrov, Navy captain (Retired) is a new partner. We have signed an agreement in September 2018. He founded Voordewind Ltd, with the aim of starting the production of small wooden boats with the help of EU funding. The company focuses on the boats designed by me. Voordewind is able to build wooden boats as well […]
Dabbler Sails is an American sailmaker located in Virginia, near the Chesapeake Bay. He has already made sails for several boats built on my designs in the USA, in particular, Ilur and Youkou-Lili. It is a small one-man loft, specializing in traditional small craft sails. As per the pictures and the report from boatbuilders, he […]
All my plan packages include a set of Wooden Boatbuilding sheets giving general instructions on subjects like epoxy systems use, making laminated frames, spilling the hull planking, traditional rigs, painting and varnishing… These “sheets” come from a book on wooden boat construction published in French some years ago. I do intend to have them translated into […]
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 […]
Giovanni Isopi, is an engineer with experience in research and development in the automotive industry. Always passionate about woodworking, he designs and restores traditional small boats. In 2017, he decides to unite the two experiences and creates Baarca. Mixing tradition and innovation, Baarca’s main objective is the development of small wooden boats, both beautiful and […]
Up to now, I proposed several designs of small boats, tenders or sailboats, from 7 to 12 feet: Morbic 8, 10, 10.5, 12. All have a plywood lapstrake planking. At end of 2016, an American home builder asked for a strip planked version and a boat light enough for easy transportation but still a good […]
Koalen 18 is an enlarged version of Koalen 17, built 4 years ago. She is larger, with accommodation for 2. Inspired by the traditional fishing boats of North Britanny, France, she is a very pretty gaff cutter. The first unit has been built by Grand-Largue boat-builder. Another is presently under construction in Russia, with a […]
These last years, more and more “vivierboats” are built in various countries and in particular in North America. So, I can not resist publishing this photo recently posted on Facebook. Three Ilur are gathered. As John Hartman says, the gathering is the Small Reach Regatta, held on the Maine coast for sail and oar style boats. […]
I just returned from the Morbihan week to which I participated aboard my Pen-Hir. Morbihan week is a major maritime festival and traditional boats gathering in France, held every two years. I enjoyed this 2017 edition. It confirms what I have already noted last summer in Douarnenez: a steady improvement in the quality of boats. […]
For the second time, Grand-Largue invited its clients to a gathering weekend for boats built by the French boatbuilder. 9 boats took part in 2017: 1 Méaban, 4 Stir-Ven 22, 1 Beniguet, 1 Clin d’Oeil, 1 Bounty and 1 Ilur. All are Vivier designs with the exception of the Clin d’Oeil. The flotilla left Saint-Briac […]
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 […]
The Amsterdam Boat Show, HISWA, was held in early March in the Netherlands. The organisers, in cooperation with the English magazine “Watercraft”, have awarded prizes for the best amateur constructions. There was a classification for boats under 5 m and one for boats over 5 m. In each category, 3 boats were awarded and were […]
During the summer of 2015, Skol ar Mor, the major wooden boat-building school in France, has decided to build a replica of a small sloop of the Morlaix bay (North Brittany). This boat, As de Pique, was launched in July 2016. I had the chance to sail her and was delighted by this pretty small […]
In the autumn of 2016, Thomas Spriet, the friendly boss of “A l’Abordage“, a French online shop that offers “everything for the classic and traditional boat” asked me to draw a st of sculling oars which are made for him and he markets on his website. I have gathered all I had on the subject and […]
This Gozzo was bought in 2003, first full refit including new engine Volvo Penta. Second full refit after sinking in 2008 in the harbour due to bad weather (insurance report available with all details). Regular maintenance Y/Y with utilisation limited in July and summer every year. Planned refit in spring 2016 of the hull. Boat […]
Stir Ven 22 sail #42 named “Kelpie” was built by Stanley Robert in Tasmania, Australia and launched in 2013. Built from CNC cut Austral Marine hoop pine plywood (hull), BoteCote epoxy, Celery Top pine and other rare Tasmanian timbers (including native cherry, leatherwood, King Billy pine, myrtle). Spars (Mast, boom, gaff) are from Douglas Fir. […]
Geoff Kerr is the builder/owner of Two Daughters Boatworks in Westford, Vermont. He has been a full-time builder for 25 years and have built and deliver over 50 boats, as well as completing miscellaneous repairs and restorations. His most frequent work has been Oughtred double-enders. He has been sailing his own Caledonia for 21 years. […]
Two new things about the Morbic range, from the Morbic 8 tender to the Morbic 12 sail and oar: Plan packages now include dimensioned drawings of all plywood parts. Then, the boats may be built from the plan package only. Full-size patterns and CNC cut plywood kits are still available. They allow making the construction […]
Several Stir-Ven 19 have been built by Grand-Largue boat-builder in France, but plans for home builders were not released. Actually, this requires additional work to make detailed building instruction, including some changes to take into account the feedback from the first boats. Smaller than the “historical” stir-Ven (now named Stir-Ven 22), Stir-Ven 19 keeps all […]
Grand-Largue boatbuilder, my “historic” partner in France is present at the Southampton Boatshow (16 to 25 September 2016). A recently built Méaban will be displayed. Adrian Donovan, a British boatbuilder is also present with the Morbic 12 Cadfael.
Small boats monthly is a very interesting web-magazine. It contains many interesting articles for builders, owners and users of wooden boats that can be stored and maintained at an average-size home. In each issue, you will find boat profiles, adventure narrative, product reviews, techniques… I find it an excellent source of information on the type of […]