Sailing yachts


(REF: 17982)


  • Designer: Vivier, Francois
  • Builder: John Moody
  • Year: 1993
  • Location: Isles of Scilly
  • Length on deck: 19'
  • Beam: 7'6"
  • Draft: 3'

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Wooden ships comments on this Mizanier

Designed by Francois Vivier inspired by the traditional Breton fishing boats. Francois Vivier is a popular French designer of traditional yachts as well as a respected historian and collector of traditional boat designs.

Built by Devon boat builder, John Moody in 1993. John had previously built a number of Francois Vivier Aber designs, 16’ edge-glued, centre-board, lug-rigged sail and oar boats and wanted some larger for the family.


The Mizainier has a steeply raked transom stern, marked drag on the keel with a deep heel, forward raked straight stem and a transom hung rudder.

She is an open boat with a brandy glass midships section giving her great hull form stability. She is ballasted internally with lead ingots.


Carvel planked in larch all fastened to the frames with galvanised boat nails.

Heavy grown Oak frames. Oak back-bone. Oak floors.

Substantial gunnel with thole pins for the sweeps and a sculling notch in the transom.

Heavy grown oak stem breast hook slotted to accept the mast which is secured with a galvanised gate. Mooring bitts and halyard pins each side forward.

Wide sole in pine boards.  1 thwart. The long tiller sweeps across the wide, varnished aft seat.


Standing lug rig on 19’ solid, varnished spruce unstayed mast stepped on the keel and slotted into the deep oak breast hook.

Red Duradon 3-reef lugsail laced to a 14’ yard and hoisted on a single halyard made off to a pin alongside the mast with a galvanised, leathered mast ring, tack hooked to the stem fitting. No boom. Sheeted to a galvanised horse across the transom. New lightweight tan terrylene sail purpose made for easy handling and light winds.


The boat was built without an engine and John sailed her regularly in Salcombe with no engine. Sold by Wooden Ships to the second owner in Cornwall who installed an engine in consultation with the builder.

Sabb 10hp single cylinder diesel. 5 gall stainless steel fuel tank aft with filter and water trap. Centre-line prop. Hand and electric start. 12v battery. 2 long sweeps.


After a few years in Cornwall, Annie was again sold by Wooden Ships to a Sussex owner where she served as a very successful picnic boat for family and friends. Sold by Wooden Ships again to the current owners on the Isles of Scilly.  She is always a great attraction wherever she goes being such an unusual design, believed to be the only mizainier in UK waters.


Mainsail x 2

2 sweeps

Anchor, chain and warp

1 x 12v battery

Manual and electric bilge pumps.

Hand held compass and fixed compass.

Warps and fenders.

A superb heavy duty road trailer with integral launching trolley c/w spare wheel (Landrover) and securing straps allows single-handed launching and recovery. Boat and trailer have an all-up weight close to 2 tons. Previously towed by a long wheel-base Landrover.


These particulars have been prepared in good faith from information provided by the Vendors and are intended as a guide, Wooden Ships cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. The Purchaser should instruct his agent or surveyor to validate all details as necessary and satisfy himself with the condition of the vessel and its equipment.