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Francois Vivier Portzic Dinghy

(REF: 30408)


  • Designer: Francois Vivier
  • Builder: Nick Twist
  • Year: 2006
  • Location: Cornwall
  • Length on deck: 9'8"
  • Beam: 4'7"

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Francois Vivier Portzic design, built by Nick Twist in Cornwall in 2006.  Dry stored since 2014 in a secure barn.

The original Portzic plans were created for an English yachtsman who had seen the impressive tenders used by fishing boats in Brittany and wanted something similar as a tender to his traditional yacht.  The are typical ‘cods head/mackerel tail’ shape, terrifically stable and easy to row or scull.

Vivier modified this boat from the original plans to be stronger as she was intended to be kept on a tidal beach.  The construction makes for a very tough little boat, over engineered some would say, but certainly built to last.

She comes with a Bramber road trailer, rig, electric outboard and cover.

A very eye catching little boat in superb condition.


Length                        9’8”

Beam               4’7”


  • Strip plank hull in Douglas fir, all epoxy bonded.
  • Hull has been sheathed inside and out with epoxy glass cloth to create a very rigid hull.
  • Further strength in the form of sawn iroko frames, glued and bronze screw fastened in place.
  • Inwhales fastened through with copper rivets and a varnished iroko capping rail.
  • Varnished iroko thwarts with iroko supporting knees.
  • Transom hung rudder with stainless steel hangings.
  • Rope fender all round.


  • Standing lug rig on an unstayed pole mast.
  • Varnished wooden mast and lug yard.
  • Loose footed mainsail sheets to a rope horse across the transom.
  • Tan terylene mainsail.


  • Electric outboard motor included but no battery


  • Bramber road trailer
  • Cover
  • Rig and sail
  • Rudder and tiller
  • 12 volt electric outboard motor
  • Pair of oars and rowlocks

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