Traditional sail boat, 4.8 m long, with outboard motor well, clinker plywood
|Hull length / waterline
|4.80 / 4.54 m
|Breadth / waterline
|1.85 / 1.64 m
|0.45 / 0.98 m
|Design category / Crew
|C4 / D5
Four different rigs may be chosen according to your specific needs, from the very simple lug sail to the well-canvassed gaff cutter (see drawings). It is also possible to choose a lug yawl rig or a “flambart” rig. Ask the designer.
Ebihen 16 is fitted with a metal centreboard and a water ballast (180 litres) 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 16 can be built and stored during wintertime 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 easier to build by a first-time amateur. The strip planked version is built from a dedicated plan package.
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.
Nick Fox has also an excellent blog on its Ebihen 16 clinker.
I also invite you to visit the blog of Stan Richards (California) describing the construction of an Ebihen 15 (clinker).
Ebihen 16 plans are also available for a traditional carvel construction. Ask the designer.