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A 1968 BERMUDIAN KETCH designed by Eugene Cornu and built by Pichavant Chantier Naval of Pont L’Abbe, Morbihan, France

Boat Details

Overall Length: 42ft (12.8m)
Waterline: 38ft. (11.5m)
Beam: 11ft. 4ins. (3.45m)
Draught: 6ft (1.80m)
Displacement: 12.79 Tons
Engine: 28hp Volvo Diesel
Berths: 6
Sail: 93 Sq. m.
Designer: Eugene Cornu
Builder: Pichavant of Morbihan
Year Built: 1968
Location: Brittany


Eugene Cornu (1903 – 1987) was a highly successful French naval architect who drew the lines for the Cornu 42 Ketch in the mid 1960’s. A number of examples were built, one of the most famous being number four,  Altair by the well respected Peter Pichvant at Pont L’Abbe, Morbihan. Her first owner was the President of Society Nautique de la Trinite-sur-Mer, who sold Altair in 1992 to the current owner.

Mahogany planked hull, copper fastened to steam bent timbers. Oak floors, swept teak laid decks. Varnished mahogany coachroof coamings, cockpit, hatches and rails.

In 2012 /13 a comprehensive re-fit was undertaken, work which included a complete over-haul of the hull, engine and rig.

Six berths in traditional, mahogany fitted accommodation with three cabins.
28hp Volve Penta diesel engine, annual serviced. New water pump and starter fitted June 2013.

Bermudian Ketch Rig, with original Sitka Spruce masts. Six North sails include, main, genoa, mizzen, two jibs and storm jib. All sails updated annually.

Extensive Inventory:


A well maintained traditional cruiser racer well know in the Med Circuit. Extensively updated in the last few years, last surveyed August 2013.
Lying: Brittany
Guide: £103,000   French Flag
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