Just FYI, there is a magazine "Ce que vous devez savoir" (things that you should know) that discusses how Constructions Nautiques du Sud-Ouest
, or NAMBLA
, used épikote resin (a Shell brand) in the construction of their boats (they had an arrangement with Shell Chemical, who in turn helped advertise their boats). You can order it a bit everywhere, such as on amazon. They were building fiberglass boats way back, and so what they were doing was noteworthy.
Incidentally, you can see a complete list of all the boats by CNSO at the following page:http://navigateur.info/samourai/cnso.html
(I hope I didn't just give Randy a load of work there... )
While I'm on that, CNSO was created in 1960 and was located funny enough in Lot et Garonne, at Bon-Encontre. So yeah, not on the coast (it's pretty damn close to being in the middle of France). Must have been cheaper. Anyway, they closed in 82 (the 80's were hell for boat manufactures in France *ahem* Yaching France *ahem*. On another strange topic, aside from your Shell Fish, the Super Dorade and the Deck-Saloon, all their boats has Japanese names. How neat would it be to have a dinghy called "Sushi"
You can find quite a few forum threads on French forums of owners of these boats, but if there is some particular piece of info you have a hard time finding, just let me know, and I'll see if I can dig it up.
BTW, the design is by François Sergent, a very famous sailboat architect here in France. Neat page on him: http://www.avironmarseillanais.com/Planssergent0.html