Architecte Groupe Finot
Go far
Go fast
With easy handllings
With enough comfort
With little heeling
In complete safety...
Is the dream of every sailor.

Photo Alubat

The Cigale 16, with the aft crew cabin, is the result of our architect's and navigator'sexperience.
She resumes, with  another laying out, the essential characteristics of the Lévrier de Mers 16 metres.
Her length, her light displacement, her stability given by the shape of the hull improved by water ballasts , are the result of our research regarding cruising and races, in particular in Vendee Globe. In spite of these proportions, defined by the speed, the boat includes all the accomodations expected in this size.


Overall length 16 m
Hull length 15.60m
Bau maxi 4.60m
Draft 2.30m
Displacement 8 tons
Ballast 3.3 Tons
Sail area 140 m2
Main sail 70 m2
Genoa 28 m2
Spinnaker (option) 210 m2
Water 500 l
Fuel oil 300 l
(Optional) water ballast 2.2 T l
Engine 48 cv
Cigale16 deckand vertical section
Great plan of deck                    great plan section
On the deck:
Everything was made to make the handlings easier, with - two wheels, to well see in front of, - every winches in front of roof, - no overlapping genoas with , to sheet them easily
Cigale16 with aft crew cabin
Cigale with aft crew cabin and 4 dress          enlarged plan
Version Lévrier with central crew cabin
Version  Lévrier des mers with  central crew cabin    enlarged plan



The new thing is the great aft crew cabin, which give  the bettest view on the sea, as a better enjoyment during the navigation (in the old days, in the great sailboats, the cabins were always in the aft ).
The two middle cabins are soundprooved  of   cockpit and  handlings.
Two toilets, starboard and port are easy of use, even in sea.

Good use of the boat

Curves for use of the sails
Curves of use of the sails
Boat water ballast 2.2 t   enlarged plan         boat no water ballast enlarged plan


Polar of speed of the Cigale16
Polar of speed       the left enlarged plan                       enlarged plan right-hand side


The water ballasts

The boat receives optional  water ballasts welded in the hull.
Contrary to some preconceived ideas, water ballasts do not affect the safety of the boat. When the water ballast full is leeboard, the ease to go about is not affected, as far as the boat wears the right sail adaptedto the weather.
The water ballast allows to limit heeling to 10 degrees and allows so to increase the speed from 7 to 10 %.
The handlingwater ballast is conceived to be more simple than   reducing sail. It consists, for to fill up, in opening a gate and leave the water ballast fill  to leeward either in starting the engine during five minutes, to fill the water ballast winboard.
When tacking, it is enough to open a gate, to wait for 3 minutes, to close it and to tack after.
The water ballast  is constituted of two compartments welded in the hull on each  side (these compartments create moreover a volume of security in case of shock or of grounding, and constitute a watertight volume for unsinkability.
The two water ballasts are connected by a tube of diameter 100, controlled by a central gate (Butterfly gate Randex typifies 502 diameters 100) called gate of transfer.
A pump for water ballast, of 21 mllheure (ref. Forani TS 40 FE), linked to the engine through a belt and through a clutch électromagnétic, sucks up the water already under pressure in the gate - bailer (Sofomarin diameter 40) and send it to one side or other side.
Two gates (Randex three ways typify 459-479 diameters 40) allow to condemn this circuit to use only the gate "transfer" of diameter 100 during the transfers.
Two simple gates (Randex 450-473 diameters 40) allow to isolate the inside of the boat of the bailer.

Article of Voiles et Voiliers September  96 page 1, page 2

Description and standard inventory

Price in 1/4/99

Built by Alubat:

Besides of the solidity, we try for an easy control, for a light tiller, for easy sails to handle.



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