Conceived by the Groupe Finot
Built by Alubat


Notes of the architect: " my cruising boat "

Jean Marie Finot(15 Ko)

We wanted to make a sure, simple boat to handlet, which allows to go fast and far in complete safety with
  • Enough comfort, great space of lifebecause of the crew aft cabin
  • Little heeling . because of  the water ballasts
  • Easy to handle and to drive :  2 steering  wheels, winches in front of roof, genoa with little overlapping

" I liked to start again, on the Comet 13, the boat which we navigate in family for 12 years,  the principle of the aft crew cabin , of the stability  reaching; but I wished besides water ballasts to limit heeling, a   aft "jupe" big enough to place a dinghy..."

Jean Marie Finot


The characteristics of the boat:
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Overall length 18,28 m
Hull length 17,30 m
Max beam 5,20 m
Draft 2,90 m
Displacement 16 t
Ballast 5,6 t
Sailing area 195 m ²
Main sail 80 m ²
Staysail 24 m ²
Genoa 105 m ²
Spinnaker 225 m ²
Water 700 l
Fuel oil 370 l
(Optional) water ballast 1500 l
Engine 88cv
dinghy 3,50 m



The Cigale 18 is built in alluminium AG4MC 5086HIII

  • Clinker steel thickness 4,6,8,10 mm in the bottom
  • Stinger 40 x 40 x4
  • Standard frames 100 x 63 x
  • Mast frame  200  x 200 x 10
  • Thickness 4 mm
  • Reinforcements 6,8,10 mm
  • Stringer 40 x40 x 4
  • Deck beam 80 x 50 x 6


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Enlarged plan



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Enlarged plan

The deck
  • Deck  clear with numerous portholes to shine and to aerate, portholes also in the hull : sat  in the crew cabin, you have a sight  on 3/4 of the horizon.
  • 2 steering wheels allow the helmsman always to have a clear sight
  • All the handles return in the cockpit and one winche in front of the bow
  • The foresails have no overlapping, that decreases by 4 the energy to develop to sheet them

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Enlarged plan

  The fittings

  • An area for day  with main room, kitchen, navigation table , everything was foreseen to make life easy  with a maximum of frontal arrangements, great friendliness in the aft crew cabin  (in the old days, in the great sailboats, the cabins were always in the castle aft)
  • An area for the rest including 4 bedrooms with shower WC and bathroom.
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The water ballasts : good for cruising

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 handling for water 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.
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How the Cigale 18 is sailing :

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Photos Group Finot    enlarged polar

photo J.M. Finot



photo G.Finot



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how to use the sails



Rate for the Cigale 18 on 1/4/99


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