Guip Shipyard - June 2012

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Business is booming for Guip Shipyard. In addition to our well-established market in France and Brittany, we are also attracting a large number of overseas customers. Because of this developing demographic we decided to translate our website. You can now read all the information and latest news about Guip Shipyard in English, the universal language of the sea, by clicking on the British flag at the top of the home page.


Major role for Guip at Brest 2012

Situated on quai Malbert at the heart of the docks, Guip Shipyard will be playing a major role in the Brest sea festival which runs 13–19 July 2012.


– Guip Shipyard has recently restored three traditional Brest sailing vessels and these will be taking part in the festival.


The Fée de l’Aulne, a 200 ton coastal vessel designed for carrying sand, was built in 1957 by the Kéraudren shipyard of Camaret. At 22.7 m long, she is one of the largest sail-powered workboats still afloat. Her owners hired Guip to fit new wales and change all her bolts. After recaulking and a fresh coat of white paint, the Fée de l’Aulne will be ready to go back in the water just in time for the festival. These works were financed by the French state and the councils of Brittany, Finistère and Brest, the latter being responsible for running the vessel.


Brest 2012 will open with the relaunch of the Saint-Guénolé, a scallop boat belonging to the town of Plougastel-Daoulas. Built in 1948, she’s an 11.4 m long sloop and registered on France's list of historic vessels. Guip’s shipwrights have given her a new lease of life thanks to a comprehensive rebuild which included repairs to the backbone, replanking the hull, and replacing the joinery work on the deck and in the engine room.


The Marie-Claudine, based in Tinduff, was recently put back in the water and will be taking part in Brest 2012 too. With the renovation of this replica of an eighteenth century launch, Guip has made an important contribution to the preservation of Brest maritime history. Launches such as the Marie-Claudine worked out of the Plougastel Peninsula, carrying strawberries to Brest and ferrying country people across the water on market days.


Three sandeqs from Indonesia are set to be a major attraction at Brest 2012. These magnificent sailing vessels, which were once used to catch flying fish, comprise a 13 m wooden hull, a 16 m boom and twin bamboo outriggers. Guip shipwright Gerd Löhmann went to Mandar to oversee the dismantling and the packaging of the boats prior to shipping. Containers holding the sandeqs have since arrived in Brest and the boats will be put back together by Breton and Indonesian shipwrights during the festival. It’s going to be a great event!


– The Recouvrance will be celebrating her twentieth birthday during Brest 2012 and so will Guip’s shipyard in Brest! Guip was given the task of building this 41.2 m replica of an advice schooner for Brest 1992. They had less than a year to get the hull built and launched! But they got the job done: “We laid the keel in September and the hull was floating by the following July,” remembers Yann Mauffret, head of Guip.


News Flash

Runa IV has dominated this year’s Porquerolles Regatta. The gaff-rigged yawl, rebuilt by Guip in 2011, took first place on the podium ahead of Moonbeam IV. At the helm was Bruno Troublé while two Guip men, Louis Mauffret and Yann Le Mest, took care of the lines. The event ran 8–10 June and was organized by the Classic Yacht Club. 


Guip’s Lorient yard finish Biche rebuild 


The Biche, last of the Groix tuna fishing fleet, returned to the water on 22 June and will also be heading for Brest 2012. In the Lorient yard since 2009, the magnificent dandy-rigged workboat underwent an extensive and faithful restoration. Every new part added to her hull was thoroughly researched to ensure its authenticity. Guip’s shipwrights rebuilt her from keel to gunwale.


Guip’s Île-aux-Moines yard delivers 56th Guépard 


Forty years ago the Guépard series was designed by cabinetmaker Etienne Riguidel to sail the shallow waters of the Morbihan. They are 5.5 m traditional centreboarders which carry 20 sq. m. of sail and have since become stalwarts of the festivities during Morbihan Week. Guip produced eight this year, bringing the total number of Guépards built by the Île-aux-Moines yard to fifty-six.

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