La Rochelle shipyards have been making multi hull cruise ships,
trimarans, catamarans,and mono hulls.
Here are some photos:
Catamarans on the ocean
Types of sailboats
- Cutter: Similar to a sloop, a cutter has a single mast but carries two or more headsails, such as a staysail and a jib. This configuration allows for better sail trimming and balance in various wind conditions.
- Ketch: A ketch is a two-masted sailboat, with the main mast being the tallest and the mizzen mast shorter, located forward of the rudder post. Ketches are known for their stability and versatility, allowing for a variety of sail combinations.
- Yawl: A yawl is similar to a ketch, but the mizzen mast is located aft of the rudder post. The mizzen sail on a yawl is generally smaller than that on a ketch and is primarily used for balancing the boat rather than propulsion.
- Schooner: A schooner has two or more masts, with the main mast being the shorter and the forward mast (or masts) being taller. Schooners can carry a large amount of sail area, making them well-suited for long-distance cruising and cargo transport.
- Catamaran: A catamaran is a multi-hulled sailboat with two parallel hulls. Catamarans are known for their stability, speed, and shallow draft, which makes them popular for cruising in shallow waters.
- Trimaran: A trimaran is a multi-hulled sailboat with three hulls, one central hull and two smaller outrigger hulls. They are known for their speed and stability, making them popular for racing and fast cruising.
- Catboat: A catboat is a single-masted sailboat with a single large mainsail and no headsail. Catboats are characterized by their wide beam, shallow draft, and simplicity, making them suitable for sailing in shallow waters and coastal areas.
I spent time watching sailboats in the harbor as if it were a painting come to life. The harbor was a bustling canvas of activity, with boats of all sizes and shapes bobbing gently in the water, their masts reaching for the sky like outstretched fingers. I had always been enchanted by the romance of sailing, the idea of being carried by the wind to distant shores.
I found a spot on the weathered wooden pier that stretched out into the water, its planks creaky and salt-worn. From my vantage point, I could see the entire harbor, a natural amphitheater that showcased the elegant dance of the sailboats. The sun was high and bright, casting a glittering path across the water’s surface.
The sailboats, with their crisp white sails unfurled, were a striking contrast against the deep blue of the sea. They ranged in size, from small single-handed dinghies measuring around 8 feet in length to majestic yachts that spanned 30 feet or more, their sleek hulls cutting through the water with ease. Each one was a marvel of design and engineering, with fiberglass hulls and aluminum masts that combined strength with lightness.
As I watched, a regatta began, a friendly competition among the sailors. The sound of the starting horn carried across the water, and suddenly the harbor was alive with movement. The boats jockeyed for position, their sails tilting as the skippers adjusted their rigging to capture the wind. I could see the crews working in perfect harmony, their bodies leaning in unison to counterbalance the tilt of their vessels.
The larger boats had mainsails that looked to be about 400 square feet, billowing like giant wings as they caught the breeze. The smaller boats, more agile and nimble, darted between their larger counterparts, their sails a fraction of the size but no less impressive in their efficiency.
I was mesmerized by the sight of the boats tacking and gybing, their paths crisscrossing as they navigated the invisible lanes of wind on the water. The sound of flapping sails filled the air, punctuated by the occasional shout of a skipper or the creak of a winch. The sailboats seemed to be engaged in a silent ballet, choreographed by the forces of nature.
Sailboats on the water
Awesome photo showing full sails
Boats are made in shipyard like this:
Jetski. Here is a review article comparing.
Jet ski covers are a must to protect from harsh weather and the Sun.
Charter boats at dock ready for for pleasure
- Cabin Cruiser: Larger boats with comfortable accommodations, such as sleeping quarters, a galley, and a head (bathroom). These boats are suitable for overnight trips and extended cruising.
- Center Console: Feature a central helm station, providing 360-degree access around the boat. These boats are popular for fishing, as they offer ample deck space and easy maneuverability.
- Cuddy Cabin: They have a small cabin in the bow, offering limited shelter and sleeping space. These boats are suitable for day cruising, watersports, and overnight trips.
- Deck Boat: Have a wide beam and an open deck area, providing ample seating and space for entertaining. They are suitable for water sports, swimming, and day cruising.
- Fishing Boat: Fishing boats come in various sizes and designs, including bass boats, offshore fishing boats, and flats boats. They typically feature specialized equipment such as rod holders, bait wells, and fish-finding electronics.
- Jet Boat: Are propelled by a jet of water, rather than a propeller. These boats offer quick acceleration, shallow drafts, and impressive maneuverability, making them suitable for watersports like skiing and navigating shallow waters.
Try some fishing from the back of the boat
The shipyard can refit and repair sailing, motor boats, and yachts.