these cute little beauties are all over the place I just about picked one up the other day too! They have a huge amount of sail for their size, and with their rounded hull, they tend to tip over a lot, but it is a classic here in France.Over 15,000 of them were made (not bad for France in the 60's), and spawning a bunch of copies. The Zef is one of the boats that is attributed to democratizing leisure sailing in France.You can see where they fit in size- and design-wise in this comparative poster I pulled together of some popular little dinghies:You can see how it closely resembles the popular Caneton (monotype 57 http://asproca.synthasite.com/le-caneton-57.php ) Here is a manufacturer brochure of the period showing the Zef (though also their spin-offs) : http://oceanix.voila.net/doclaprairie/laprairie.htmoops. I digress
Just wonderful. How could I have missed the Zef? It will added shortly.Please. 'Digress' all you wish. Wow. There may be treasure trove of other stuff.Wish I could read French better.Thanks.rb
Commentary a bit weak. I can't figure who designed it.
I love these bulbous looking mini-cruisers from the 1960's that really brought 'yachting' to the 'not so rich' folks.
QuoteCommentary a bit weak. I can't figure who designed it.If you are looking for the designer of a boat in French, use the keyword "architecte". Anyways, it was designed by Michel Nivelt, and you can add that at the waterline it is 3 meters. QuoteI love these bulbous looking mini-cruisers from the 1960's that really brought 'yachting' to the 'not so rich' folks.I could not agree with you more. And ask any sailor here in France and instantly you see eyes gloss over with fond memories of sailing in them, with a story that starts with 'I remember when I had my..."
hi guys, i recently acquired a Zef and want to know more about it, i cant find any real info about other than whats on this site. my main concerns are how to properly rig her and how to fly a spinnaker on her and the spinnakers dimensions to have one made.if any one has information about the zef please email me - firstname.lastname@example.org