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130 Chamois

ChamoisChamois is an Illingworth 'MAICA'; it is for good reason that Illingworth is sometimes referred to as the founding father of modern ocean racing - a strong advocate of building ocean racers smaller and lighter, he was involved in more than five hundred designs, and the highly successful Class III French ocean racer MAICA, which spawned a class of sister ships, was typical. The first couple of boats were built in Poole with a transom stern, but the designs were bought by Construction Mecanique de Normandie (CMN) in Cherbourg, who added the counter stern and 3' to the LOA/LOD. 

Chamois was built in 1963, the third boat to be built by CMN, after Primevere and Alvena.  The class was named MAICA after the Mother Superior of the convent where CMN's founder, Felix Amiot's, sister was a nun.  The Mother Superior had been a wartime resistance fighter whose no de guerre was 'Maica' and was a lady whom Monsieur Amiot greatly admired.

She is built of diagonal triple skin mahogany over oak frames - using the CMN patented "glued laminated wood technique", that in the 1960s the shipyard also used to build Mine Sweepers for the French and German Navies. 

We bought Chamois last year through Sandeman's, from two retired BA pilots who found her rotting in Heybridge Basin in Essex in the late nineties and had her completely rebuilt at the Maylandsea yard nearby - work started in 2001 and her structure was extensively repaired, possibly made stronger than original, but it also included; a new engine, all new rig, a new teak deck, all new systems (plumbing/electric & navigation) and interior. 

About 35 Maica's were built by CMN and about 15 are, we believe, still afloat.  Most are in French hands and, so far as we know, she is the only one in the UK.

 

 

Yacht Description

Owner:

Iain Pickard

Designer:

John Illingworth

Class:

MAICA

Year Designed:

1960

Year Built:

1963

Builder:

CMN Cherbourg



LOA:

11.27 m

37.0 ft

LOD:

11.27 m

37.0 ft

Beam:

2.74 m

9.0 ft

Draft:

1.78 m

5.10 m

LWL:

7.47 m

24.6 ft

LOD/LWL Ratio:

1.51

Displacement:

5.3 tonnes

Thames Measurement:

-

Hull Material:

Wood, Mahogany Diagonal Triple Skin

Hull Construction:

Mahogany, Cold Moulded

Hull Frames:

Oak, Steamed

Rudder:

Keel Hung

Sail Material:

Dacron

Deck & Superstructure:

Timber Laid Deck

Superstructure Profile:

Coach Roof

Interior:

Classic Cruising

Steering:

Tiller

Transom:

Aft Sloping

Rig:

Fractional Sloop

Engine Make:

Nanni

Engine HP:

21

Engine Mounted:

-

Propeller:

Fixed

Propeller Blades:

3 Blades

Mast Material:

Aluminium

Mast Configuration:

2 Spreaders

Keel Configuration:

Long

Keel Material:

Lead