Requin

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The Requin is a sloop-rigged keel sport sailboat. It was designed in Finland under the name HAJ in 1930. In 1935, the first HAJ landed in France, in Rouen, and was instantly renamed the Shark.

 

ABOUT THE MODEL:
All our models can be made in the size and/or colors of your choice, to order.
Hull Finish: Hull painted in the original colors
Dimensions (Length):  60 cm

Description

TYPE OF BOAT: Vintage yacht (one-design)
YEAR LAUNCHED: 1931 COUNTRY OF CONSTRUCTION: Finland BUILDING : Shipyard ABO ARCHITECT: Gunnar L. Steinback


 

HISTORY: Comparable to the Dragon (Swedish) and the Tumlaren (Norwegian), Le Requin has a very sporty hull and rig, and requires three crew members in regattas. With its very slender bow, its long and narrow lines, it passes through the chop without slowing down. The first construction regulations for the Shark date from 1935, when the ABO shipyard in Finland made changes requested by France: the sail plan was increased from 19 to 25m2. This was possible by increasing the front triangle from 1m 60 to 2m and increasing the boom rope from 3m 40 to 3m 80.

Originally built in wood, the Shark was also built in plastic from 1978. It enjoyed some success, particularly with the French Navy, which made it the training sailboat for its officers.
Since its introduction in France, 490 units have been built. The largest fleet is concentrated in Noirmoutier. The French Association of Shark Owners oversees the dynamism and future of the series. Every summer, it organizes a national championship, and regularly exhibits at the Paris International Boat Show. It was the Pouvreau shipyard that built the majority of wooden Sharks by slightly modifying the original plans. The polyester Sharks were copied from Pouvreau hulls. Some Sharks were completely redone in the 1980s using a technique of epoxy saturation of the original wood. This technique gives very stable and very solid boats.

 

AND TODAY ? Since 2007, the Shark has again been made in France.