To buy materials and necessary equipment is not always easy, particularly for those who build far from the sea. That is why I developed in co-operation with boatbuilder partners, kits, generally “à la carte”, allowing you 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… Kits allow good cost savings by avoiding the increase of transport charges, the purchase of small quantities at the full price, non-appropriate supplies, etc…
The “core” of kits is the set of plywood parts cut on CNC (Computer Numerically Controlled) machine. I name it the “plywood kit”. Only the best marine plywoods are used. All my designs are made with CAD (Computer-Aided Design) tools, allowing high precision and reducing adjustment tasks to a minimum.
If there is no kit seller in your country, it is possible to find yourself a firm able to do the job. More and more companies have the appropriate cutting machine: joinery, signs makers. In that case, you may buy the cutting files.
The suppliers are selected in agreement with me to be certain to have only well-adapted products. My historic kit partner is Grand-Largue in France, but I have more and more partners in several countries around the world. They are able to provide you with the following:
- Plywood kits
- Plywood panels
- Sawn timbers for hull and spars
- Glue, resins, cloths, paint
- Screws, bolts and other hardware
- Centerboards and ballast keels (galvanized, stainless steel or cast iron)
- Specific fittings on my design
- Fittings, rigging
- Outboard motors
List of plywood kits and full kits suppliers:
- Grand-Largue, France
- Clint Chase, USA
- O’Connor Wooden Boats, Australia
- de Bootbouwer, The Netherlands
- Arwen Marine, France (Silmaril, plan Vivier)
List of plywood kits only suppliers:
I am interested to have other partners, able to sell kits in new countries.