A construction guide is included in the set of plans, except for the Minijonque which is built in marine ply.
All Jonque de Plaisance models 12.5m or more are designed according to Europeen standards for circumnavigation.
The 12.5m and 14.5m Jonques de Plaisance are registered in 1st Category (Current equivalent:
Category A (CE) in France).
The 16.5m Jonque de Plaisance is registered in the NUC Category:
Ship for Commercial Use, Maritime Affairs.
Dimitri Le Forestier (IFAN) has designed these boats with one overriding priority: that they should respect as much as possible the aesthetics of classic ocean sailing junks, whilst at the same time, take advantage of modern boat building methods, in this instance: strip-planking.
There are two main reasons for this choice: Firstly, the construction can easily be undertaken by the amateur boat builder, and secondly, the weight of the boat is greatly reduced. The strip-planking method results in a boat which can be built without a mould, is lighter, has a moderate displacement and is stronger.
The choice did not come about by chance: having extensively sailed the East, Dimitri Le Forestier was in a position to appreciate first hand the marine qualities of these boats. Used for commerce, the traditional junks were required to make good speed, to negotiate entry into ports which weren't always easily accessible and often windward. Junks also must brave typhoons (unfortunately rather common in the China Sea).
The typical junk-rig has proved itself exceptional in its use: the upper works of the vessel is most economical and above all, easy to handle: the sail is easily hoisted or furled and the flexible masts are not shored up (think of the savings thus achieved). The benefit is the incredible ease of circulation on the catwalk since there is nothing to impede traffic!
Dimitri Le Forestier (Architecte naval IFAN) has sailed around the world for 12 years and has designed sailboats most his life: Cutters, sloops, schooners and others. It is towards the end of the '70s that he revisited "the sailing junks", on board of which he had sailed during his stays in the East. Impressed by the Chinese sailing junks' performance, their stability, maneuvrability and economy; he reinvented them beginning with the 12.5m JDP. Dimitri offers very detailed plans, most accompanied by a construction guide, for the amateur boat builder.
Over time, Dimitri has written numerous articles for Loisirs Nautiques and he is acknowledged in France as having redefined the sailing junks. He has some fifty Jonques de Plaisance to his credit.
Download the brochure and the main characteristics of the Jonques de Plaisance.
We have pleasure in recommending Ultramarine Boatbuilders shipyard for the construction of our jonques de plaisance in India. Located in Pondicherry, India, this French shipyard offers its clients several options: beginning with carpentry kits through to the finished boat 'helm in hand'. The kits: Hull Carpentry and Deck & Roof Carpentry focus particularly on the needs of the amateur boat builder and ensures them a solid start in their venture.
Advantageous savings and the professional guarantee of workmanship and materials used.