Seil 18

Francois Vivier

  • Length

    17' 9" - 5.40m

  • Beam

    5' 4" - 1.62m

  • Draft


  • Weight (kg)


  • Sail Area

    119 sq ft - 11 sq m

  • Time to build (estimate)

    450 hours

Seil is a large pram designed initially for a group of yachtsmen from Nantes area, eager to have a sail and oar boat suited to navigation on the Loire, and rivers in general. Seil is in fact the name of a backwater, now filled up, of the Loire river. A pram is a boat of Scandinavian origin, characterized by a clinker construction and especially by a small fore transom. The fore rocking facilitates embarking on the beach. The full fore and aft hull lines make Seil a very seaworthy and stable boat. This shape of hull slams a little in a choppy sea but it is ultimately a boat as well adapted to the sea as with sheltered water.

Of moderate width, Seil is easily pulled under oars and is a very good compromise between sail and oars abilities. Seil has the capacity to take on board a numerous crew (up to 6), which makes it a boat well adapted to the family or collective uses: sailing schools, youth organisations or other associations. It is rigged with a high aspect standing lug sail. When tacking, you just have to pass the sheet from one side to the other. The crew can lower the mast, for example to get under a bridge. Seil is provided with two rowing thwarts. With a crew of young people or children, it is possible to row with two oarsmen per thwart.

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