Sailing yachts


(REF: 18418)


  • Designer: Vivier, Francois
  • Year: 1996
  • Location: Devon
  • Length on deck: 14'1"
  • Beam: 4'10"
  • Tonnage: 270kg disp.

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Wooden Ships Comments on this Aber

The Aber sailing dinghy was designed by Francois Vivier and was based on the lines of the traditional local French fishing boats and has become one of his most popular designs.  They are pretty, easily handled boats, easy to tow, launch and recover,  and they sail extremely well.

The lines of the Aber will steal the show anywhere she goes and this boat really is a superb example.  She has been used for family sailing and has participated in some of the local Cornish regattas and won the lugger class in the 2016 Falmouth Classics.

Comes with a galvanised road trailer and piggy back launching trolley for simple launching and retrieval, all over cover with strong back and 2 sets of oars and rowlocks.





Cold moulded strip plank Western Red Cedar with widely spaced steamed Holm Oak timbers, riveted with copper boat nails and roves.  Hull epoxy-coated from new with 350gm glass outside, 150gm inside.

Solid mahogany transom and sheer strake with an oak keel.  Laminated Douglas Fir stem.  Transom knees and quarter knees in laminated oak with a solid oak breasthook.  Mahogany foredeck.  Bronze fairleads.

2 rowing positions with bronze rowlocks.

Mahogany thwarts and stern seat with laminated oak knees, supported on full length mahogany thwart risers.

Centreboard case is marine plywood, capped with mahogany, and internally glassed.  Marine ply centreboard with lead weight insert, the whole being glassed.

Marine ply rudder with a solid Ash tiller.

Bottom boards in pitch pine.




Douglas Fir solid mast with a Sitka Spruce lug yard.

Nylon halyard sheave with traditional 3 strand running rigging.

Bronze belaying pins, block and tackle tensioner on the main halyard.

Block and tackle main sheet fixes to the capping rail on whichever tack is being used.

Sail by John McKillop of Kingsbridge in cream.




Mainsail and running rigging

Galvanised trailer and launching trolley by Admiral of Axminster

2 sets of oars (Frank Collars)

4 bronze crutches (rowlocks)



Portable bilge pump


2014 all over cover, Ocean Canvas UK.  Supported by a strongback, lashings attached.

Bespoke trailer lighting board hung on the transom.

2 Holts Saftibag bouancy bags.






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