Morbic 11 Bow Bulkhead

Morbic 11: a new, strip planked design

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 […]

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Koalen 18 38

New design: Koalen 18, a traditional pocket cruiser

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 […]

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Toulinguet classic yacht for sale

Olceni 2, is a Toulinguet, a Vivier design. She is fast, seaworthy, gentle and comfortable at sea. Olceni 2 takes us cruising many years along the French and British coasts. Her shallow draught combined with easy to install legs allowed us to discover many wild moorings. She is a classic yacht of the seventies but […]

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Enrique Garcia

Enrique García, Spain

Enrique García, Shipshape Carpinteros de Ribera, is a Spanish builder, located on the northern coast, in the region of Santander. He is able to build all types of small boats, in traditional construction, in strip planking or lapstrake plywood. He was trained as a marine carpenter in England. It is ready to build boats on […]

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3 Ilur In Maine

Three Ilur gathered in Maine

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. […]

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My Morbihan week 2017

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. […]

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Grand-Largue gathering, May 2017

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 […]

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Kernic Voile 02

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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Amateur boatbuiding awards at HISWA 2017 boatshow

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 […]

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Jewell #6 for sale in Norway

François Vivier designed Jewell No. 6, professionally built, demo boat. Built in Bowa supplied okoume marine plywood. One of very few Jewells available in Europe. Jewell is a fast trailerable, lightweight centreboard sailboat. Price € 29.500 Located in Stavanger, Norway. Here are three web albums for the presentation of Jewell No. 6 in detail: ​ […]

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Efficient sculling oars drawings

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 […]

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Gozzo in mare

7 m latin sailer for sale in Italy

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 […]

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Stir-Ven Kelpie

Stir-Ven “Kelpie” for sale

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. […]

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Geoff Kerr, Two Daughters Boatworks

Two Daughters Boatworks, USA

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. […]

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Morbic 8 to 12: dimensioned drawings and download

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 […]

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Stir-Ven 19 Vogue

Stir-Ven 19 plans are available

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 […]

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Méaban Lesath

VivierBoats at the Southampton BoatShow

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.  

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Stir-Ven for sale in Mallorca

Stir-Ven en vente à Sóller, Mallorca, Espagne. Ce modèle à été construit en 2000 et se trouve en parfaites conditions. Le bateau à uniquement été mis à l’eau chaque été (Juillet-Août) depuis sa construction puis gardé en garage le long de l’année. Accastillage Harken et cordages modernes. Prix de vente : 12 000 €. Le bateau […]

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Creizic, the designer sail-and-oar boat now sold!

The first and still unique Creizic is “not for sale anymore”. This new design has been drawn for a design competition organized in 2011 by the French magazine “Chasse-Marée” and the “Wooden village” of the La Rochelle boat show. The dinghy has been built by Icarai in Cherbourg. My intent was to design a sail-and-oar […]

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Erik Klepsvik

Norseman AS, Norway

Last year, I’ve been contacted by Erik Klepsvik from Norway, willing to have a Jewell built for his own use. Erik owned a Storm 19, from Swallow Boats (now Swallow yachts) and was looking for a bigger boat. The Jewell was finally ordered to a Lithuanian boat-builder, AmberBoat. Construction is progressing and the hull has […]

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Ebihen 15 clinker planked, built by Grand-Largue, for sale

Vends Ebihen 15, construction à clin de contreplaqué par le chantier Grand-Largue. Gréement de sloup à corne. Excellent état. Foc neuf, Moteur Suzuki 5 ch ayant très peu servi, remorque Mécanorem avec roues renforcées. Ce bateau a navigué à Noirmoutier. Nombreuses photos ici. Lucien Guichard Tel : 01 39 21 88 78 Tel été : 02 51 […]

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Stir Ven

Stir-Ven N°9 for sale, built by Grand-Largue

Vends Stir-Ven N°9 construit au chantier Grand-Largue. Ce bateau possède toutes les options. Il sort du chantier Grand-Largue : peinture, vernis et ponçage/huilage du pont et des espars. Il comprend en sus un grand taud d’hivernage couvrant la totalité du bateau et les deux focs équipés d’un emmagasineur en bronze. Remorque Mécanorem à timon cassant. […]

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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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