Sailing yachts

Francois Vivier Aber

(REF: 20843)


  • Designer: Vivier, Francois
  • Builder: John Moody
  • Year: 1994
  • Length on deck: 14'2"
  • Beam: 4'10"
  • Draft: 2'10" plate down
  • Tonnage: 275kg

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Wooden Ships Comments

Built to the Aber design by renowned French naval architect Francois Vivier, he first conceived the design in 1985 with inspiration from the Breton working boats.  She is designed as a fast boat for up to 3 people, fun to sail with superb looks and easy to launch on and off a trailer.  The bow sections were made more full than some of his earlier designs to give more buoyancy and better sea keeping.  The powerful lug rig makes this a very fast little boat with a high peak yard typical of the Breton working boats.

This particular boat was professionally built for the current owner in 1994 by John Moody of Traditional Sail in Salcombe.  Moody built a small number of Abers around this time and they have become highly sought after for their exceptional build quality.  This boat was commissioned by the owner to celebrate the Douarnenez 1992 festival of the sea and is aptly named Dz.

This boat, Dz, was chosen by Classic Boat magazine as one of their top 150 designs of all time in the 150th edition of the magazine, it is not hard to see why when looking at the beautiful lines and finish on this particular boat.

She has been dry stored all her life and comes with a very good quality road trailer and is complete and ready to tow away.  A very special boat in exceptional condition.


Length                  14’2″

Beam                    4’10”

Draft                      2’10” plate down

Weight                 275kg approx



Built from 14mm strip plank cedar, glued and edge fastened with bronze nails.

Mahogany sheer strake plank and gunwhale.

Widely spaced steamed oak ribs, copper rivet fastened.

Stem, keel and transom of mahogany.  Sculling notch in the transom.

Finished externally in gloss Epiphanes black, varnished internally.  Cove line and name carved into the hull and picked out in white.

Varnished mahogany thwarts sitting on a mahogany stringer with sawn mahogany knees.  2 rowing positions.

Varnished mahogany sole boards.

Marine plywood centreplate box with plate operated by a rope out of the top of the box and cleated off.




Standing lug rig on a keel stepped varnished Douglas Fir mast.

Varnished Douglas Fir yard.

Mast stepped though the forward thwart onto the keel.

Downhaul for the tack comes aft to a block and tackle to get the required tension.

Mainsail in cream terelyne, loose footed

Main halyard falls to a cleat on the starboard side of the mast.




Galvanised road trailer with winch, light board and spare wheel.

Pair of oars and bronze rowlocks

Sole boards

Rudder and tiller

Mast, yard and mainsail

Guardian G5 anchor with warp

2 folding anchors

2 Inflatable buoyancy bags

Mooring lines and fenders






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.