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Traditional sail boat, 4.5 m long, with outboard motor well, clinker plywood
|Hull length / waterline||4.50 / 4.24 m||Sail area||14 m²|
|Breadth / waterline||1.85 / 1.64 m||Outboard motor||6 hp|
|Draught||0.45 / 0.98 m||Design category / Crew||C4 / D5|
|Light weight||480 kg||Building time||600 hours|
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).