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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, 4.8 m long, with outboard motor well, clinker plywood

Hull length / waterline4.80 / 4.54 m Sail area14 m²
Breadth / waterline1.85 / 1.64 mOutboard motor6 hp
Draught0.45 / 0.98 mDesign category / CrewC4 / D5
Light weight520 kgBuilding time650 hours
Attention: this boat may be built only with a numerically cut plywood kit or full size patterns in addition to the plan.
Drawing See photo albums
Ebihen 16 is a lengthened version of Ebihen 15. As such, she is a seaworthy, stable boat with good carrying capacity, it is suitable for family sailing, as well as fishing. She 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.
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.


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