Full Aber kit (including trailer) leaving Icarai boatyard.
Assembling of a Minahouet from a kit (Grand-Largue)To
buy materials and necessary equipment is not always easy, particularly
for those which build far from the sea. That is why I developped, in co-operation
with boatbuilders, kits, generally "à la carte", allowing
to buy all which you need. That allows also good cost savings by
avoiding the increase of transport charges, the purchase of small
quantities at the full price, etc...|
The suppliers are selected in agreement with me to be certain to have only well adapted products.
Kits generally incudes NC cut plywood parts (see below).
Today, my "kit" partners are Icarai et Grand-Largue, both in France.
They are able to provide you with the following and to send them abroad:
I am interested to have other partner, able to sell kits in other countries.
Sample of parts nesting (bulkheads, rudder blade, mast step...) in a plywood panel.Numerically controled cutting
Simpler still than the polyester paterns, it is now possible to make NC cutting of all the plywood parts, from the moulds or bulkheads until the planks of a clinker or stitch and glue boat. The precision of the computer aided design makes it possible to reduce to very little thing the tasks of fitting. Even for a boat built mainly out of sawn timber, the use of moulds and templates out of cheap plywood brings to decisive advantage to the point to make more accessible one such realization.
These numerical cuttings are proposed by the same partners as those which offer kits.
NC cutting allows to considerably simplified boat construction. As an example, I invite you to see 3D sketches of the construction of Ebihen 18.