This is going to be the boat I build next. Guiclemanac’h, designed by Yann Quenet in France. The decision took a decade of thinking and dreaming, and honestly, 3 false starts in building, but this build felt important, especially now, ten years in. Life is short and if I am going to devote a year or more to a build, not to mention thousands of dollars, I wanted to be as sure as I could be. I spent about a thousand dollars on plans, though I’ve sold a few of them off to cover expenses. I’ve researched, written designers, talked with other builders when possible. I’ve committed to a design or two before this, maybe three or four, but upon reflection found issues. But this one feels right.
Finally. I hope.
The original design is for the boat to be 4.5 meters long. The designer recommended going a touch larger, given my size and the size of a friend that will often be joining me. I’ve purchased the plans, but he is being a wonderful help in modifying the design to so I’ll end up with just that much more buoyancy at 5 meters length. He’s redoing all the numbers at about ten percent larger. So, this design will grow from 14′ 9″ to 16′ 4″ in length and from 6′ 11.5″ beam to just under 7’8″.
That is a wide boat, especially for its length. I would think this would make the boat stable, as well, and the stability calculations support that. My garage, aka building space, has an 8-foot opening, so there is really just enough room! Space to maneuver inside the shop is a bit more generous, but it will still be tight.
I should have the plans within a week.
My plan is to sail in Seattle’s Lake Washington, as well as in Puget Sound.
With an electric outboard added, I may also take a trip down the Columbia River in Washington State.
Could I sail up the Inside Passage or through Canada’s Gulf Islands? I think so.
Guiclemanach Photo Gallery
I’ve scoured the web and found what must be every image ever posted on Guiclemanach.
The anchor chain is fed through a tube in front.
Two attempts at building a rudder? They seem to do beautiful work.
Once again, beautiful work. The berths are too narrow to use. I assume the table folds down. Note the holes in the forward frames for the anchor tube.
You can sail from inside the cabin, as the boat is designed for a man with mobility issues. I love the idea of sailing in the rain without getting wet, so this appeals to me!