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Sold – 28ft. BRETON STYLE MOTOR FISHING VESSEL – 1959 – PROJECT – Lying: West Sussex


28ft. FRENCH MOTOR FISHING VESSEL built to a traditional Breton design and constructed by Chantier Breuil in 1959 – Restored in Chichester in 2012. Laid-up ashore for two seasons, re-commissioning required.


Boat Details

Overall Length: 28ft
Waterline: 25ft
Beam: 11ft
Draught: 2ft 4ins
Displacement: Not known
Engine: 35hp Beta Diesel
Berths: n/a
Sail: n/a
Designer: Traditional French MFV
Builder: Chantier Breuil
Year Built: 1959
Location: West Sussex


28ft. French Fishing Vessel with Beta Marine BV1305 35hp engine. HELOISE is a classic MFV built in 1959 by Chantier Breuil. Brought over from France in 2004 and restored in 2004/05, including a laid Iroko deck and brand new Beta Marine BV1305 engine both fitted in 2005.
2012 Survey, with all recommended work, then undertaken by specialist wooden boat restorer.

Carvel pine hull, iron fastened to grown oak frames. Oak backbone, long oak keel. Pine bulwarks with varnished iroko cappings. Marine ply deck-house. Mahogany brightwork.

  • Iroko deck
  • Pine hull planking
  • Oak Bulwark stanchions
  • Oak stem, hog, wood keel and transom
  • Three bladed bronze propeller
  • Stainless steel shaft


  • Boarding ladder
  • Boathook
  • Anchor
  • Compass
  • Jabsco Marine toilet
  • Raymarine speed/depth
  • Full cover


  • Teak side decks
  • Swimming ladder
  • Marine head
  • Compass
  • Teak cockpit
  • Manual bilge pump
  • Log speedometer
  • Depthsounder
  • Cockpit cover – Full cover


A traditional Breton style motor fishing vessel, previously restored and unconverted, suitable for leisure or commercial use subject to regulations. Heloise with the addition of a cabin over the original hold and re-configured deck could be converted to an attractive motor-cruiser or ideal for angling/diving.

Maintained by specialist wooden boat repairer 2012-2015. Laid-up ashore for over twelve months and now requiring some planking repairs and re-commissioning. Latest photos July 2020, previous images were taken when last in commission.

GUIDE: Sold – August 2020

LYING: Ashore – West Sussex