Archive | My Partners

My job is to design boats and then to market plans as well as full size patterns. I have a network of partners, marketing kits and/or able to build a boat for you. Some partners are also marketing plans and are able to give translation and/or assistance in your language
If you intend to order a kit, you may get in touch with me, as my partner may need some files and pieces of information.
I am interested to have other partners, able to sell kits in more and more countries, and I will consider any demand.
You will find here-under the list of partners.


JR Craftyard, Estonia

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 […]

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Svilen Alexandrov, Voordewind Ltd, Bulgaria

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 […]

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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 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 […]

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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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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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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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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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Ross Cameron and Ilur at Southampton boatbuiding show 2015

Ross Cameron, UK

I am happy to welcome a new partner, Ross Cameron. After a career in biotechnology, Ross makes a boatbuilding training at the International Boatbuilding Training College [IBTC] in Lowestoft. Then he worked on various boat-building projects before setting up Cameron boat builder. He specialises in the construction of new boats such as those designed by Francois Vivier, using […]

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Woodtec Boats, Greece

Woodtec Boats is a new partner. We have signed an agreement in augist 2015. Woodtec Boats was founded by two enthusiastic builders/sailors, Nikos and Thanassis, specializes in building high quality wooden boats (sail or power) using modern wood-epoxy methods. (more…)

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BKR, Peter Tatarinov, Russia

Peter Tatarinov is a new partner in 2015. Located near the Baikal lake, he is able to build wooden boats as well as providing CNC cut plywood kits. He uses mostly birch plywood which is very stiff and a good choice for modern wooden boatbuilding. (more…)

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Duckworksmagazine, USA

Duckworksmagazine is firstly a web magazine with plenty of posts for home builders and small boats users. Chuck Leinweber was my first representative in the USA, selling my plans as well as from many other boat designers. Duckworksmagazine is also a boat builder’s supplier with a very full on-line catalog, including fittings, epoxy, paint, ropes, sailmaking, etc… P.O. […]

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Arwen Marine

Emmanuel Conrath founded Arwen Marine a few years ago, to market plywood-epoxy boats kits. Actually, he is the French representative of Chesapeake Light Craft ( CLC), USA, who is probably the first boats kits sellers in the world. The Arwen Marine best seller is the Skerry. 55 Skerries are already sailing in France in September 2015. Emmanuel […]

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Jordan Boats, United Kingdom

Alec Jordan (Jordan Boats) is specialized in CNC plywood cutting. He works with several boats designers and is leader in UK. In particular, he has contributed to the development of the St Ayles skiff, a sea rowing boats drawn by Iain Oughtred. This boat is extremely successful, with many races organised in different countries. 200 kits of […]

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Ben Ullings, The Netherlands

Ben Ullings is a builder of handmade wooden boats. He has built several Seil 18 and also others boats on my design: Morbic 10, Morbic 12, Ilur and recently a Jewell. Boats are beautifully built, with a lot of brightwork as per Dutch tradition. All boats may be customize as per customer wishes. In 2015, 3 […]

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O’Connor Wooden Boats, Australia

With over 20 years experience in wooden boat building and repair, Tony is pleased to discuss any aspect of Wooden boat construction, mast and spar construction and repair, as well as outfitting boats of all construction types. Tony O’Connor is delighted to be the Australian builder for Francois Vivier’s gaff yawl Jewell and is the authorised supplier […]

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Clint Chase, USA

In 2010, Clint Chase became my partner in the USA, as I was seeking for somebody able to market CNC cut kits. In 2011, Clint came in France and participated aboard my Pen-Hir to the Morbihan Week, a huge traditional boats gathering in France. In 2012, he joined “The Landing School” as a marine carpentry […]

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Grand-Largue, France

Grand-Largue est mon partenaire historique. Cela a commencé avec le premier Stir Ven en 1998. C’est avec Pierre-Yves de la Rivière que nous avons fait les premiers pas vers la découpe numérique du contreplaqué et d’autres techniques nouvelles pour la construction de bateaux en bois-époxy. Grand-Largue propose des bateaux barre en main, des kits, des […]

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Stefan Lauckenmann, Germany

Stefan represents myself as well as Grand-Largue Boat-builder in Germany, Austria and German-speaking Switzerland. He is himself owner of an Ebihen 16 built by Icarai. Therefore, he is able to advise German buyers or builders. He translates some plans in German, for home builders not familiar with French or English. He helped Grand-Largue to be present […]

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Hewes & Company, Maine, USA

Marine Projects Manager (Hewes & Company), Gardner Pickering, has spent 18 years in sail and powerboat construction yards as lead carpenter, boat boss & project manager. Hewesco (Hewes & Company) offers a variety of services to the marine industry and in particular CNC cutting. I started my cooperation with Gardner Pickering in 2013. Hewesco is […]

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De Bootbouwer, the Netherlands

Bert Reyntjes (de Bootbouwer) is my first partner out of France, and also the first one in term of number of plans sold. We started our cooperation in 2004 and since them many of my plans have been built in the Netherlands. Bert assists Dutch home builders in her own language. He gives, when required, […]

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