|Birth of the boat by
After having carried out a training course at
Philippe Harlé's office (French naval architect) where I designed
the Rebelle and Geva, a friend and I decided to design and build
an ideal coastal cruising boat. This boat would have been built
in two specimens and would have allowed us to sail along the coasts,
to land on the beaches…
Hence the name "Ecume de
mer", sea foam, as the foam which settle on the beach.
We tested, with this plan, new concept about hull
shape and several ergonomics elements :
- A large, light hull with good balance under
- A comfortable sitting position inside and outside
in the cockpit, thanks especially to the tilted backs
- Sailing operations led back into the cockpit
We proposed our plan to various French
shipyards, none of which were interested. A Dutch man named Walter
Huisman, heard of it and found our project interesting. We met
at the 1968 Paris boat show.
By sympathy and faith in youth, Huisman proposed
to me to build the Ecume de Mer, provided that the boat complied
to the quarter ton category rules and took part in the sailing
It was thus necessary to enlarge
the first design.
The boat was drawn
and built at the end of spring 68, with bilge, donkey forecastle,
and glass bubble.
Huisman made the hull and the painting. With a
few friends, we came to Holland to finish the deck and inside
At the beginning of July, we left the shipyard
and sailed to France.
We raced the quarter ton cup as planned, without
We then raced and won the Delta Race 68 in Holland.
During this race season, an Australian man named
Eric Bradley, appreciated the results of the boat and had several
units built in his country out of laminated plastic, with bilge,
a lower freeboard and a roof.
In 1968, the Nautical Club CNEGF helped us buy
a new sails set and find a good crew. Thus, we won most of the
We then won the Delta Race in Holland for the
At the end of the season, André Costa,
publisher of the magazine "les cahiers du yachting", helped us
find a shipyard in France..
Very quickly, we get on with Roger Mallard to build
the boat out of laminated plastic.
Hull volumes remained unchanged but the bilge hull was replaced
by a round hull.
From September 69 to the Paris boat show, the
dynamic team of Mallard shipyard built the hull and deck backing
moulds, and assembled the various elements.
At the end of the year we sailed
and in the beginning of January, the Ecume de Mer is exposed at
the Paris boat show 70. It is a speed record !
Compared to the prototype, this Ecume de Mer has
a smaller freeboard, a little roof and comfortable fittings (a
crew cabin, a toilet, a bow cabin).
At that time, the yachtsmen were
seeking a boat where they could live and sleep comfortably at
a mooring or in the harbor. But the hull structure, rigging and
deck organization had to be able to withstand the assaults of
wind and sea.
To respond as well as possible to this tendency towards comfort
while retaining the nautical qualities of the boat, we fitted
out a little galley, enough headroom to stand up and a separate
Outside, comfort was also improved since it is possible to operate
facing forward, to sit out easily and comfortably.
The Ecume de Mer also brought remarkable
nautical qualities such as solidity, stability, speed..
This boat has been produced
The standard boat won the quarter ton cup 1970
with Laurent Cordelle.
In 1972 we built a special regatta version
: Petite Fleur.
- New hull
- New ballast
- New sails
- And above all a flush deck made of wood.
Yet again, Petite Fleur won the quarter
ton cup with Laurent Cordelle.
That year, the NJY shipyard proposed
to us to build the Ecume de Mer in Japan.
In 1975 we redesigned the superstructures,
and redefined the hull scantlings in order to remove the unnecessary
de mer 1975 benefited from the innovations we devised on the
second boat we designed for Mallard : Rêve
- The aluminum toe rail
- A set of bow elements integrating u-bolt, fairlead, davit
- All halyards coming back to the cockpit
- Roof handrails integrated
For the first time
The Boat of the year is awarded, the Ecume de Mer 75 wins it.
In 1976 we designed a longer roof
to gain some headroom in the toilet. The boat has been produced
When taking into account the various
versions, Dutch, Australian, Japanese, French over the last 25
years, 1385 Ecume de Mer were launched. Some bilge hulls were
built by amateurs .
Good sailing qualities,
good construction, easy maintenance, little, well proportioned
roof for 7,90 m long, as for us the key factors that explain her
This unit gave the right answer to a need of the market.
Jean Marie FINOT
|The Ecume de
mer was designed as an intellectual game without commercial
back thought nor long-term career ambition but the success
of the Ecume de Mer encouraged the Groupe to go on.
Ecume de Mer's owners