Sunday 15 January 2017

Le Guepard

The Guepard (cheetah) is a dinghy designed around fifty years ago by Étienne Riguidel and native to the Gulf of Morbihan.

Single chine with a heavy center plate, the Guepard is traditionally built wood on frame, it's relatively heavy displacement helping to make it a safe and suitable boat for the strong tidal waters.

Guepards are a colorful fleet, often setting a white mainsail with coloured jib to match the hull. The yellow boat above looked great, with only the mast varnished, contrasting colours for deck and waterline make her a stand out boat.

Some colour schemes were more subtle, some less so, great fun and they look like great boats to sail, lots of pictures on the association web site.

1 comment:

  1. I really like these little boats - they hint at the American 'Lightening' class. I am guessing they have a swinging centreboard and are carvel planked?
    A modern version in plywood would be light and fast - easy enough to build with its hard chine, I would think.


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