Sailing yachts

Francois Vivier Mizainier

(REF: 21144)


  • Designer: Francis Vivier
  • Builder: John Moody
  • Year: 1993
  • Location: Cornwall
  • Length on deck: 18'4"
  • Beam: 6'10"
  • Draft: 2'6"

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Wooden Ships Comments on this Francois Vivier Mizainier

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

Built by Devon boat builder, John Moody of Traditional Sail 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 something 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 sand bags.

Sold by Wooden Ships to the current owner in 2014, she has been based in Cornwall and used for family sailing ever since.  Kept ashore each winter, her workmanlike finish is very fitting for the type of boat and also easy to maintain.  She comes with a double axle road trailer with an integral launching trolley and has an all up towing weight of approximately 2 tons.

She is always a great attraction wherever she goes being such an unusual design, believed to be the only Mizainier in UK waters.  Sold recently by Wooden Ships but now back on the market as the owner has bought a bigger yacht.


Length on deck                 18’4″

Length waterline              15’6″

Beam                                    6’10”

Draft                                      2’6″



Carvel planked in larch all fastened to heavy grown oak frames with galvanised boat nails.

Hull recently stripped to bare wood, re-caulked and painted.

Oak back-bone. Grown oak floors.  Lead pigs for internal ballast.

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.  2 thwarts.

The long tiller sweeps across the wide aft seat.

Internally she is finished in oil for a traditional working boat look that is easy to maintain.



Standing lug rig on a 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.

Sail new from SKB Sails, Falmouth in tan Dacron, good condition.  Original and larger sail in tan Duradon cloth.

Loose footed with no boom. Sheeted to a galvanised horse across the transom.

Running rigging in traditional style 3 strand rope with varnished wooden blocks.



Sabb 10hp single cylinder diesel installed by the second owner in consultation with the builder. Hand and electric start.  Lifted out, thoroughly serviced and repainted recently.  Recent new alternator and all new wiring and electrics.

Stainless shaft to a fixed 3 blade propeller on the centreline

5 gall stainless steel fuel tank aft with filter and water trap.

12 volt battery charged by the engine alternator



Galvanised road trailer with integral launching trolley

Steering compass

Manual bilge pump

Electric bilge pump

12 volt battery new 2019

Saab 10hp diesel

Anchor with chain and warp

All over cover for winter storage, new 2015.

Warps and fenders

Beaching legs

Pair of large sweeps

Sculling oar

Large duradon mainsail

Smaller Dacron mainsail




Full details available upon request





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.