Comments from the designer: like thousands of others in Europe, I learned
sailing aboard a Caravelle. The original Caravelle was a plywood boat
with a bow transom, 15'+, designed by the French architect Jean-Jacques
Herbulot. They are still used by the famous French sailing school "Les
Glenans" and every Club Med has a bunch of them. She is a very pleasant
boat: a forgiving trainer with very decent performance and has excellent
load carrying capability. She looks somewhat like the D4 and other Sabots
but much bigger. In that type of hull shape, there is also the famous
Dinghy Mirror, a British design, mother of all stitch and glue boats.
In the US, a similar looking boat is the Trifle: very pretty lines. But
none of these boats is available in a version larger than 11'6". We designed
the Caravelle with features well suited to family sailing: comfortable
benches oriented lengthwise and a small cuddy for storage. The best use
of 4 sheets of plywood for the hull gave us a length of 14'4".
This is a stayed rig but we kept it simple: no turnbuckles, use lashings
instead. The forestay goes to a stem piece epoxy laminated to the bow,
the shrouds to eyes in the mid frame. All very simple, strong and economical.
method: This boat is built from flat plywood panels assembled with epoxy-fiberglass
tape. The construction method is called "stitch and glue". For a detailed
description of the stitch and glue boat building method, see our "How
To" section where you will find a complete illustrated tutorial as
well as information about epoxy, fiberglass and plywood.
The spars (mast and sprit) are Al tubing but can also be built from wood.
Caravelle is easy to build but she will take more much more time and materials
than our smaller boats. All parts cut from standard sheets of plywood.
No woodworking skills or special tools are required.
The spars can be built from wood but we prefer Al tubing as shown on the
plans. Some builders have rigged the boat for a spinnaker with one of
our custom kits.
builders have asked about covering the whole outside of the hull with
fiberglass. This is not necessary and adds to the cost and the weight
but if you want to do that, you need and extra 11 yards (10m) of fiberglass
cloth and 1.5 gallons (6 l) of resin. Contact us if you want a quote for
such a custom kit.
Of Materials: (Excerpts
from our BOM)
BOM list materials based on our standard layout and includes a 15% waste
factor for resin and fiberglass. For plywood, we use standard sheets 4'
x 8' (122 x 244 cm). Please read the building notes and see the plans
for detailed specifications.
This boat can be built from inexpensive exterior plywood since it is completely
coated with epoxy resin.
tape, 6 oz., 6"
Biaxial tape, 12 oz., 6"
Woven Fabric, 6 oz., 50" wide
offer an epoxy fiberglass kit with free shipping in the US.
The average construction time for the hull is 80 hours.
Visit our message board, help pages, tutorial pages and read our FAQ:
most questions are answered there.
Detailed drawings, large scale with all dimensions required to cut the
sides, bottom and the bulkheads from flat plywood sheets: no lofting,
no templates required.
Expanded Plates and Nesting
Sail Plan and Spars
Performance Sail Plan and Spars
Full Size Pattern - Bottom
Full Size Pattern - Side
Full Size Pattern - Appendages
Full Size Pattern - Frames
notes including a detailed description of the assembly sequence and
files reference list and more.
size patterns for the side panels are in several pieces that must be tiled.