Francois Vivier

  • Length

    19' 7" - 5.98 m

  • Beam

    7' 2" - 2.2 m

  • Draft

    15" (0.38m) plate up

  • Weight (kg)


  • Sail Area

    205 sq ft - 19 sq m

  • Time to build (estimate)

    800 hours

Jewell came from discussion with Clint Chase, my boat-building partner in North America. As a family friendly day boat, she has to meet the following main requirements:
• To be trailerable by an ordinary car, and therefore light, and be able to beach temporarily for loading/unloading.
• To have a large, wide and deep cockpit, comfortable, allowing for fishing and a place where children could be safe.
• To have a stable hull for family sailing but give excellent performance for weekend sails “with the guys”.
• To have a cuddy cabin, with a toilet for women and children, a small galley to heat some meals and two berths to spend a night or two on board, or for napping.
We also made the choice of a yawl rig, firstly because it is beautiful, and also because Americans are fond of yawls. I was happy to make something different than the gaff sloop I generally prefer on such a day-boat (Stir-Ven, Beniguet, Lilou...). The yawl rig is very versatile, allowing one to sail under main only, or under mizzen and jib. The mizzen also allows the boat to safely point into the wind, tending itself while the skipper starts the motor, puts in a reef, or entertains the kids. In Jewell, the main mast is shorter and lighter, so easier to step. In addition, we intend to make the masts hollow and use Dyneema shrouds, both light and easier to handle. The jib has overlap in order to improve pointing ability. It is always a mania for me to design fast boats, especially to windward, as it is also the best for safety. The jib is small, so can be easily tacked even if single-handed. The mizzen is a simple standing lug (stores in the cabin) improved with a foot flexible batten. The long boomkin crosses the transom under deck and is easily pulled into the boat for trailering.

Jewell 2nd image