Guip Shipyard – December 2012

Guip at the Paris Boat Show

Guip will be taking up its winter quarters on the stand of Morbihan Council during the Paris Boat Show. Managers from all three yards—Brest, Lorient and Île-aux-Moines—will be in attendance throughout the show. Visitors will be able to admire a beautiful 1:10 scale model of a Guépard, a traditional centreboard sailing dinghy built at the Île-aux-Moines yard. So far Guip has built fifty-six of them!
Paris Boat Show, 7 – 16 December, Hall 1, Aisle H, Stand 90

Brest 2012: mission accomplished

The latest edition of the Brest maritime festival started on 13 July 2012 with a very emotional event: the relaunch of La Fée de l’Aulne, a traditional 200-ton sand carrier entirely rebuilt by Guip's shipwrights. The works were hindered by some very bad weather conditions. But Guip faced up to the challenge and the works were completed on time. The same can be said for Le Saint-Guénolé, a Brest scallop boat relaunched the same day, and the Biche, the last sailing tunnyman from Groix, restored in Lorient and relaunched on 22 June. These three boats were moored alongside one another during the festival. Another feature of Brest 2012 was the twentieth anniversary of replica aviso schooner La Recouvrance, Brest's goodwill ambassador and the first ship to be built at Guip's Brest yard on quai Malbert.


Runa saga continues 

After the major rebuild in 2011 of Runa IV, a gaff-rigged yawl dating from 1918, Guip's Brest yard is now working on Runa VI, a gaff cutter built in 1927 from plans by Gerhard Rønne, the Danish architect who built seven Runas in all. Six of these classic yachts are still in existence. Runa VI was found in a dire state in the south of France and will have to undergo a complete rebuild, with works to her backbone, planking and deck. Her elder sister, Runa IV is also back in Guip Shipyard for winter maintenance. She enjoyed a wonderful run in the Voiles de Saint-Tropez regatta, finishing second in her category. Both vessels will be put back in the water in early May 2013 for the Morbihan Week festival where they are sure to make a splash with the spectators.

Restoring river heritage: a floating wash-house

Guip was recently awarded the contract to restore Le Saint-Julien, a traditional floating wash-house based at Laval on the river Mayenne. Built in 1904, it was retired in 1971 and listed as an historic monument in 1993. The wash-house is 28 m long with a relatively narrow beam of 5 m so that it could go through locks. Built on a barge, the wooden superstructure housed boilers and wash basins which were supplied with water pumped in from the river. These floating wash-houses even had living-quarters for the captain! Le Saint-Julien will be leaving Brest in early 2013 by road, which should create quite a stir on quai Malbert. Guip's shipwrights will be carrying out a full restoration of the barge, including the replacement of double oak planking separated by bituminous sheet, and renovating the superstructure.

François Sergent's last in the yard

Every marine enthusiast knows the name of François Sergent, the respected naval architect who died in 2000. He left a legacy of superb classic sailing yachts: some small like the Loctudy, a design which continues to be built fifty years after the launch of the first one; and some great like his numerous RORC cruiser-racers. He also designed hard-chined metal boats and was the first in France to adopt twin-keel technology. François Sergent's last boat, Gwalarn, a cold-moulded Marconi cutter, is currently in Guip Shipyard for repairs.

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