Being the winner of the design competition “a boat to go to the islands” organised by Chasse-Mar�e, in the “revisited tradition” category, Stir-Ven combines classicism and modernity. It gets from classicism the elegance of its clinker built hull, the friendliness of its long and deep cockpit, the aesthetics of a gunter rig with high performances in all weather conditions, the beauty of varnished wood and bronze fittings, the possibility to row when wind is falling (oars are placed under the lateral decks). It gets from the modernity, the plywood epoxy technology, the reduced maintenance requirements, the ease of trailing and launching, the heavy (180 kg) cast iron streamlined centerboard which makes Stir-Ven to sail as a keel boat, both for sailing to windward and safety. Stir-Ven is intended for fast day sailing. It is also suitable for coastal cruising. She has two berths in its small cuddy, two others on the cockpit floor under a tent which even allows you to stand up! You can live a few days on board freely, having access to most moorings forbidden to larger cruisers.
For all that, Stir Ven is one of my very prefered design. She is a trailerable boat but not limited to a frustrating one day only sailing.
Today, 45 Stir-Ven have been built, nearly half of them by amateur boat builders. The class is under continuous development. Stir-Ven are now able to race together on occasions of classic boats gatherings on the coasts of France. Their exceptional performances are always remarked.