Lowering the hinged mast on Pen-Hir

Most of my designs of gaff-rigged cabin sailers are fitted with a tabernacle, allowing raising and lowering the mast. On the smaller boats, Stir-Ven 19, Jewell, Beniguet, the mast may…

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New design: power skiff Kerisper

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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,…

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New: Lilou 2

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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,…

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Mesker, a new sail and oar dinghy
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Mesker, a new sail and oar dinghy

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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…

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Dabbler sails

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,…

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Launching at Skol ar Mor
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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…

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Giovanni Isopi, Italy

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…

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Three Ilur gathered in Maine

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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.…

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My Morbihan week 2017
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My Morbihan week 2017

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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…

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Grand-Largue gathering, May 2017
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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,…

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Amateur boatbuiding awards at HISWA 2017 boatshow
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Amateur boatbuiding awards at HISWA 2017 boatshow

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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.…

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Stir-Ven “Kelpie” for sale
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…

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Stir-Ven 19 plans are available
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Stir-Ven 19 plans are available

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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…

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