Gaff Yawl Jewell
Jewell is designed by famous French naval architect François Vivier, and is a 6 m gaff yawl with lead ballast and a pivoting centre board. It is a sailboat for day trips and week-ends. The small cabin has sitting headroom, two berths, space for a chemical toilet and a cooker.
Jewell is built with high quality oukume marine plywood and epoxy, and weighs only 650 kg. With 120 kg lead ballast in a long and shallow keel, and 30 kg lead in the centre board, the boat feels like a sailboat with a permanent keel rather than a boat with a centre board.
It is designed for easy launch from a trailer; see more information about Jewell in English and French here.
Jewell will easily reach 6 knots with a 4-6 HP outboard engine.
Jewell is for the person who wants:
traditional lines and classic rigging which is both simple and efficient
modern materials with low maintenance
a boat without complicated mechanics and electronics
a boat that stands apart from mass produced plastic boats
Jewell is inspired by the traditional sailing and work boats of the Biscay Bay; it sails well (6 knots under sail is quite common) and is extremely seaworthy.
Nick Newland frå Swallow Yachts has written an interesting article about sailboats with two masts: What´s the Point of Two Masts?