I've been helping a friend revamp a Group Finot designed steel
"Reve des Antilles" 38 footer . She was built by a Finot licenced builder
. What a brainless abortion. She had massive framing in the middle of nowhere, away from any keel
or anything which would even remotely justify it, diagonal bracing where there was zero chance of any diagonal movement whatever, a fully welded steel
bulkhead, yet the skeg was short, about 18 inches by 2 inches wide , lightly welded to only the hull
skin, with nothing inside to back it up but a single
small transverse, and a skimpy piece of flatbar going down into the skeg. No wonder such skegs have so many structural problems, and failures. I had to use a hydraulic jack to get the rudder
shaft out of the stern tube.
The massive framing reduced headroom
considerably. She had a tiny aft cabin
too small to house a big dog comfortably, which needlessly reduced the interior
It took me only two days to eliminate the huge wonks and distortion the ;'Finot Licenced "" builder
had left in .
I guess what I was dealing with was a boat designed to appease the demands of French government
bureaucrats, a warning about letting government
bureaucrats run the show..