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  • Study plans are extracts from the plans allowing the buyer to have a more precise knowledge of the plan content. If you are ordering the building plan, you do not need to order the study plan.
  • The study plan is common for all construction modes and rig versions of Ebihen 15 and 16.
  • The Building plan is the basic document to build the boat. It includes a free telephone or e-mail assistance.
  • The building plan is common for all rig versions of Ebihen 16: standing lug, “bourcet-malet”, gaff sloop, gaff cutter.
  • Attention: building this boat requires also full size patterns, or a numerically cut plywood kit.
  • You may also buy the CNC cutting files allowing you sub-contracting the kit to a local company
  • The kit is to be ordered from one of my partners.
  • Postage and VAT, if applicable, are included in the shown prices.


Traditional sail boat, 4.5 m long, with outboard motor well, clinker plywood

Hull length / waterline4.50 / 4.24 m Sail area14 m²
Breadth / waterline1.85 / 1.64 mOutboard motor6 hp
Draught0.45 / 0.98 mDesign category / CrewC4 / D5
Light weight480 kgBuilding time600 hours
Attention: this boat may be built only with a numerically cut plywood kit or full size patterns in addition to the plan.
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Ebihen 15 (previously named Ebihen) is a seaworthy, stable boat with good carrying capacity, it is suitable for family sailing, as well as fishing. Despite its length of 4.50 m, it offers a big and pleasant cockpit. She was inspired both by the fishing boats of Northern Brittany, especially Saint Jacut (the Ebihens are the islands in front of that port), and by the boats of Basse-Normandie, which were clinker built.
Many different rigs may be chosen according to your specific needs, from the very simple lug sail to the well-canvassed gaff cutter (see drawings). Ebihen 15 is fitted with a metal centreboard that allows excellent stability and good windward ability.
A well for the outboard motor is built aft of the cockpit, with the motor handle at helmsman reach. The propeller is just ahead of rudder for good manoeuvrability. A 4 strokes – 3 to 6 hp – motor may be installed.
Ebihen 15 can be built and stored during winter time in a common garage. It is of course trailerable. The first boat of the series was strip-planked, with laminated frames and backbone, and almost no plywood. It is a beautiful wooden construction. The clinker version is mainly made of plywood, for the hull planking but also backbone and transverse bulkheads, then much more easy to build by a first-time amateur. The strip planked version is built from a dedicated plan package.

A longer version (4.8 m), with same breadth and depth, is also available. She is named Ebihen 16.
Ebihen 15 plans are also available for a traditional carvel construction. Ask the designer.

I strongly advise you to visit Aarnoud Kraan’s blog which gives a particularly detailed and illustrated description of the construction of his Ebihen 16 clinker.
I also invite you to visit the blog of Stan Richards (California) describing the construction of an Ebihen 15 (clinker).


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