Sail and oar dinghy, 4.7 m long. The good compromise between sailing and rowing ability.
|Hull length / waterline||4.66 / 4.37 m||Sail area||10.6 m²|
|Breadth / waterline||1.56 / 1.32 m||Outboard motor||4 hp|
|Draught||0.16 / 1.00 m||Design category / Crew||C3 / D5|
|Light weight||250||Building time with kit||450 hours|
Minahouet, whose first unit was built at the end of 2002 by Grand-Largue boatbuiler in France, is the synthesis of my previous plans, notably Aber and Ilur. I tried to make a sail and oar dinghy, as balanced as possible: good carrying ability for a family sailing, light and moderate width for the pleasure of rowing. New provisions improve the comfort of use: lower centreboard case facilitating the movements of the crew on board, stowage of the oars under thwarts, storage lockers. Two rigs vhave been planned: the classic standing lug and the lug sloop. In the latter case, it is possible to move forward the mast and sails without a jib, making it an ideal rig for solo sailing.
Minahouet is designed to be accessible to a greater number of builders by means of a kit based on plywood cut on a digital machine. Interlocking templates allow one to mount a very precise jig from the first day. The plywood parts, including the 9 mm hull planking, are delivered almost entirely to the definite dimension and do not require any adjustment: farewell the doubts and queries about lofting and bevelling.
I invite you to discover the site of Patrick on the construction and the use of his Minahouet.
A Minahouet has been built by Alan Andrews in UK from a kit made by Jordan Boats.