The sailboat

His name: Poussin

The sailboat, a partner in sustainable development

Sailing is a symbol of freedom, dreams, adventures, but also a means of travel. environment-friendlyto the force of the wind, an energy that is available and free of charge.

From hen to chick. It's so much cuter!...

At a time when many of us are talking about degrowth, the idea of creating a small boat capable of sailing in the polar regions embodies this approach.

Yes! Better than a sailing boat, a small sailing boat ! And it attracts sympathy!...

Poussin, a small 6m sailboat, will reflect all the experience of Sébastien Roubinetwhether in terms of polar navigation or naval architecture, as well as the dreams of Sebastien Baronthe navigator/artist behind the project Un Poussin sur la Banquise.

A small ship means less energy and materials needed for construction, maintenance and use. The smaller it is, the less energy it needs to operate, which results in, for example, a small sail, a small engine or even a small heater.

Moreover a sailboat, and a small one at that, helps us, not to say obliges us, to cut to the chase. The smaller it is, the more palpable it is. This gives a framework which, once tamed, can bring full satisfaction and fulfilment. On board, we choose what we take on board, we sort it out to retain the essentials, and in doing so we give things importance.

Because of his "good face", these technological innovations, and the project he is carrying, Poussin will undoubtedly attract sympathy, an asset that will create the meeting and the questioning.

A small boat is also an invitation to the outside, to the other.

On board: an accordion to facilitate encounters, video material to share the adventure.

Sailing in the Arctic, you can't improvise! Some precautions to take ...

Poussin: an innovative sailboat

  • A rigid (and therefore strong) sail dinghy integrated into the deck, which considerably reduces the space requirement.
  • A lifting keel to be able to move the boat on the pack ice in case of bad weather. A hoist system associated with a winch will allow this manoeuvre to be carried out using the force of the arms (already tested by Sébastien Roubinet).
  • A completely watertight hull avoiding water ingress, even in the event of overturning. An emergency exit hatch is provided so that you can get out even if the boat does not right itself.
  • A crash box at the front in the event of a frontal impact, as well as watertight compartments under the floor.
  • Watertight bulkheads to be able to isolate any possible water ingress, and to reduce the living space and thus keep a suitable interior temperature.
  • A waterproof ventilation system.
  • Use of a vegetable bio-sourced resin from the surplus of the food industry for the manufacture of the shell.
  • A panoramic view of the interior to avoid any collision, which is extremely rare on boats of this size.
  • Two side daggerboards to be able to beach flat and add an anti-drift plane.
  • Two removable rudders that can transform the rudder from bi-safran to mono-safran to allow navigation without risking the collision of ice in the rudder and thus potential damage. In addition, the rudders will be foldable so that they can be voluntarily grounded, and will be equipped with martyrs. In the event of a violent impact, the martyrdom piece will break before the rudder, which will then move up thanks to its shaft.

Thanks to its architecture, its bulbous keel, its carbon mast and the innovative fibre used to build the hull (Poussin will be the first monohull built in innegra/basalt, a high impact-resistant material, which Sébastien Roubinet experimented with during his polar expeditions on the ice pack), Poussin will be a high-performance boat for its size, which is also a guarantee of safety.

Despite all these constraints, Sébastien Roubinet's ingenuity and experience mean that this yacht of only 6m will still be comfortable enough to project itself serenely on long distance sailing. Hats off to the artist!...

Equipment, a partner in sustainable development

Aim for energy autonomy.

A few ideas:

  • an innovative electric motor (FinX)
  • solar panels
  • a manual desalinator
  • one scull
  • obviously sails
  • suitable clothing
  • an electric kettle
  • led lighting
  • a hot water bottle
  • a footswitch to both warm up with physical activity and recharge the batteries.

Small gestures, partners in sustainable development

There are many reasons why navigation, and particularly sailing, is often seen as a school of life. This helps, among other things, to become aware of the impact of man on nature. It also invites us to reduce our needs, such as the consumption of fresh water. We are often surprised at how little water we need when we take care of it, without it being a real constraint. In the same way, navigation often forces us to be imaginative, resourceful and ingeniousIt is a fact that when the problem is solved, the sailor's little pride is felt. These are all concepts that can be transposed to our daily lives as landed immigrants.

Some ideas on board Poussin:

  • Homemade sponges made from used tights.
  • A unique and washable "cotton stem" made of bamboo.
  • Soap in bulk to avoid packaging.
  • Reusable containers for supplies (e.g. cloth bag for fruit).
  • Insect-based food, rich in protein.
  • Fishing tackle. In the sea the fish goes directly into the pan.
  • A rainwater harvester.

If you have any other ideas that go in this direction, please do not hesitate to communicate them to us, we will try to exploit them!