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Little MORBIC
LOA / LWL 2.30/2.15m
Beam
1.20m
Weight
35kg
Categorie
Annexe
Grand MORBIC
LOA / LWL 2.77/2.58m
Beam
1.32m
Weight
52kg
Categorie
D

After the success of Morbic tenders, I wanted to propose a small boat in the same spirit, bringing together ease of construction and, above all, simply beauty. Morbic 12 was designed to be:

• A dinghy, able to take 1 to 3 crew, with a performing balanced lug, as the International 12 feet which has been an Olympic class.

• As sail and oars boat, able to sail anywhere. The moderate size makes Morbic 12 an ideal boat for frequent single handling but she is able to take a crew of 3 and is fitted with 2 rowing thwarts.

• And also a simple motor boat, with its generous transom width. A cut-out in transom allows to fit a short-shaft outboard motor.

The small size of Morbic 12 allows such a multi-purpose use. Being light, she may be rowed easily despite her generous breadth giving stability for sail and motor. Morbic 12 is:

• A practical boat, the flat bottom making easy hauling on the strand,
• A modern design, with clinker plywood, for easy construction by first time home builder,
• Simple with the dagger board and minimal structure items,
• Safe with large side buoyancy tanks,
• Light and so effortless,
• And all that keeping the lovely looking of a classic boat.

Version Difficulty Construction plans 1/1 patterns
Little Very easy 65€ 92€
Grand Very easy 65€ 105€
Grand/Sail Very easy 70€ 105€


 


LENGTH 3,60 m
LENGTH WATER LINE 2,80 m
BEAM
1,40 m
DRAFT CENTERBOARD UP
0,17 m
DRAFT CENTERBOARD DOWN
0,75 m
WEIGHT
75 kg
CENTERBOARD
44 kg
SAIL AREA
6,1 m2
LOADING CAPACITY
2-3 PERSONS
Laita is a boat inspired by the Norwegian “prames” which were well-known all around the world at the beginning of the 20th century, as tenders of ships, and later as small pleasure vessels, due to their nautical qualities. Having very similar behaviour and performance to a small and lightweight centreboard, it offers the possibility to lower the mast and navigate by oar when there is no wind. The “prames” shape which provides good floatability and the possibility of reefing make it an ideal boat for the young and the children. Its behaviour on the sea is safe at all speeds. Its navigation in still waters is remarkable. On choppy sea it shakes, wets, but it keeps going. The normal crew consists of one or two adults; it can be three children as well. Beign light-weight, about 75 kg., Laita can be moved by two people and transported on top of a car. Laita is very easy to build. It is a great way of practising for the individual builder, before hitting more sophisticated projects. That’s why, the Centre Nautique des Gléans and the team “Frère de Mer” have adopted this project as an educational project for the young people of French cities. About fifty Laitas have been built in this context. The amateur builder can choose a very complete file of plans, or a kit which contains not only the pieces required for the hull but also a template consisting of ordinary plywood pieces dovetailing and making the first steps of construction extremely easy and sure. .

LENGTH
4,30 m
LENGTH WATER LINE
4,00 m
BEAM
1,48 m
DRAFT CENTERBOARD UP
0,25 m
DRAFT CENTERBOARD DOWN
0,85 m
WEIGHT
120-160 kg
CENTERBOARD
44 kg
SAIL AREA.
9,7 m2
Aber was created as a result of the desire to provide a boat especially designed for individual construction. It has been the first “Chasse-Marée plan” since 1985. It is a little smaller than Aven, but has better defended forms at the front and the same foresail; it keeps the nautical characteristics but at the same time is easier to row (2 oars by bench which alows to row alone). It is built by strip planking, and since 2004, there is a clincher-built plywood (6 or 9 mm) version which delivers a lighter boat. Due to its medium length, Aber is an excellent oar boat for one or two persons. It is also a very agile sailboat. It has a pivoting centerboard. The rudder is fixed but can slide vertically. Aber was classified in the “top 150” by the English magazine “Classic Boat” (number 150). Two builders (David and Dominique) have created a site describing with pictures the construction of their Aber, which is a sign of the dynamism of individual construction. Aber is available as a complete construction file, with optional real size drawings on ployester templates.

LENGTH
4,40 m
LENGTH WATER LINE
4,10 m
BEAM
1,70 m
DRAFT CENTERBOARD UP
0,25 m
DRAFT CENTERBOARD DOWN
0,86 m
WEIGHT
180-210 kg
CENTERBOARD
140 kg
SAIL AREA.
12.2- 14 m2
LOADING CAPACITY
5 PERSONS

Ilur is the “elder brother” of Aber, designed for amateur construction too. Ilur can be built by strip planking or plywood clincher-built (see opposite picture). It is bigger, has a comfortable freeboard, and these features make it an excellent sail- oar boat for the family. It can be used for fishing as well, and some use it as a cruiser. Therefore it is the best-selling plan (with nearly thousand copies sold), and it is built at the very heart of Alpes, as well as in Polynesia! The dagger-board was initially preferred as it facilitates the traffic onboard. It is now replaced by a pivoting centerboard and a low centerboard box which does not disturb the crew. The file of plans was totally renewed in the beginning of 2004 to include many improvements, which are continuously brought, and which concern the level of utilisation of the boat –placement of oars under the floor- , and its construction. On this big boat, oars are rather intended for anchorage, especially when the boat is loaded. The rigging is lug sail (picture), or lug sloop as the Minahouet. Ilur has a complete construction file, with optional real size drawings on polyester template, including planking at definite measurements. You can find an illustrated description of the construction of an Ilur, on the web-site of the association Nautique Sevres. Another construction of Ilur 2004 (the last version) is also available on the web-site of François Le Hir. .


LENGTH
4,66 m
LENGTH WATER LINE
4,37 m
BEAM
1,56 m
WEIGHT
170-220 kg
SAIL AREA
10.6-12.5m2
LOADING CAPACITY
5 PERSONS
PRODUCTION
CARVEL PLANKING MP

Minahouet, which was first built at the end of 2002, is the synthesis of our previous plans, especially Aber and Ilur. We have tried to make a sail-oar boat as balanced as possible: enough carrying capacity for sailing with family, lightweight and medium width for the pleasure of rowing. New arrangements improve the comfort of utilisation: lowered centerboard box which facilitates movements of crew, placement of oars under the benches, tool boxes. Two rigging versions have been anticipated: the classical fore-sail and the lug sail sloop (picture). In the latter case, it is possible to advance the mast and navigate without jib sail, which is an ideal rig for solitary navigation. Minahouet was designed to be accessible for a greater number of builders through a kit based on plywood cut on digital CNC machines. Dovetailing templates allow you to build a frame with high precision from the first day. Nearly all plywood parts, including clincher-built board (9 mm Plywood), are delivered at the exact dimensions and require no adjustment: farewell to doubts and question about drawings and right-angled joints.


LENGTH
5.70 m
LENGTH WATER LINE
4.52 m
BEAM
1,50 m
WEIGHT
170 kg
SAIL AREA
10 m2
LOADING CAPACITY
5 PERSONS
PRODUCTION: CARVEL PLANKING  

Between Youkou-Lili and me, is a love story. It is a boat that I have imagined, drawn, and built in my garage, and launched finally in 1985. I wanted a boat which is very good at sail, and as good at oar. Aven, the reference boat at that time, did not satisfy me with its oaring performance. The form of Youkou-Lili, inspired both by the Norvegian Faering” (sharp stern), and by the American “Swamscott dory” (flat bottom), makes it an excellent oar boat for the sea. Originally I was planning to make a clincher –built wooden boat, varnished or oiled. But besides the difficulty of finding good quality large planks, I have realised that the boat could as well be built by plywood, without making this substitution apparent. The plywood is painted, and this is totally conforming to the aesthetics of a small traditionl boat. Built that way, Youkou-Lili could sail nearly 20 years without aging. It met the swamp of Brière, the river of Erde, waters of North and South Bretagne, Iroise (picture), Connemara, Norvegian lakes and fjords.... Concerning the rig, I have tried successively sprit-sail sloop, dipping lug, and when I sold the boat, lug sail at mast step. I like very much the sprit-sail, very much unknown and characteristic of many boats of Northern Europe. But after the first years, I have passed to dipping lug sail (picture). It is a demanding rig. You have to pass the yard from one side to the other, which can be done within seconds with practice. But it is the best performing traditional rig, due to sail always well apart from the mast. Whether sailing or rowing, Youkou-Lili had always the first place in the sail-oar contests it participated. Youkou-Lili was then offered in the form of a construction file, and the name of my ship became the name of the series. One of them won the prize of “Great Glenn Raid” in its category in Scotland, which proves the quality of the boat. In 2004 we have totally updated the file, which allows us know to offer a real size drawing on polyester template. In addition to three others, a new sails plan, consisting of lug sail and jib, is also offered..


LENGTH
8,00 m
BEAM
2,15 m
WEIGHT
600 kg
SAIL AREA
27 m2
CATEGORY
C
It was designed as a big sailing & rowing vessel according to the “spirit of traditional seamanship” for the “Young Seamen 2000” race launched in 1997 by the magazine “Chasse-Maree”. This yole was ordered by very many maritime schools in Morbihan region as an alternative to the Bantry Yole for its simplicity, economy and ease of maintenance.



This yole consists of polyester body clad with polyester. It was designed for 7 adult crew and 6 rows.

15 yoles were constructed. Another 2 yoles were sold to the Belgian Navy as a motor & rowing vessel. They are still in service.

The “Morbihan Yole 2006” project were developed further and renovated more suitably for the contemporary conditions:

- Stern forms were revised with the design of an outboard motor in a well and a removable rudder blade with a steeper panel.

- Floating compartments were added to comply with the new European norms.

- A heavy sheet steel drop keel was designed with a locking mechanism at the lowest level for righting the vessel when it is overturned.

- If required, self-draining is now possible when the vessel overturns and is righted.

- Cabinets can be provided for use on sea trips.

The Sail Plan and vessel forms remained almost the same. Thus, nothing has been waived of the sailing quality.

Low-cost, balanced and safe, this yole is in use at Navies, Seamanship Lyceums and Seamanship Colleges for the basic seamanship training or, simply, for purposes of training.

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