Ecume de Mer

This French-built, early Group Finot design was a very popular, almost

archetypal quarter-tonner from the early 1970s. Most of the 1,400 launched

were built in France, but they were also produced in Japan, Holland and

Australia. The French boats were solidly built in GRP and most hulls still have

plenty of strength in them. She has five berths in an unusual layout with

the chart table against the forward bulkhead. The saloon is roomy, but the

forecabin is cramped. She has outstanding upwind performance and is easily

handled despite a large headsail. Cruising and racing versions were built.

The latter was much more popular, had a 5ft rather than 4ft draught, and an

adjustable backstay. For a history of the Ecume de Mer, see her designer’s


LoA 7.92m (26ft) LWL 5.93m (19ft 5in)

beam 2.33m (7ft 8in) draught 1.52m (5ft)

displacement 1,629kg (3,585lb)