The Sailing Ship

Jean Gab, cutter 1930


Historical boat, built in 1930 on the Grossi shipyard in Marseilles, on designs by André Mauric, famous french architect who also designed France I and II of the Baron Bic (America's Cup), Pen Duick VI (Whitbread, Eric Tabarly), Kritter VII, Calypso and Alcyone (Jacques Cousteau).  

The first owner was Jean Gabriel Daragnes, "fauve" painter and Mauric’s friend. Actual owner is Studiomare, the research company, founder of the Ischia Dolphin Project.

Restauration: 2000 Atelier Polynautic, Gruissan, Aude, France.



Flag : French - Launched: 1930JeanGab 122

Shipyard: Grossi, Marseille

Overall length: 17,70 m.

Deck length: 16 m.

Beam: 4,45 m.

Draft: 2,50 m.

Sail surface: 160 mq.

Skin of oak tree and mahogany, ribs of oak tree and elm, Oregon pine tree deck.

Displacement: 22,95 t

Sails: mainsail, 2 foresails (trinchetta and fiocco), yankee, gennaker.

Motorisation: 145 HP diesel Iveco Aifo

Inflatable boat Marshal 4,5m

Outboard motor Johnson 25 cv.

Automatic Pilot: Star Pilot hydraulic

Navigation control NKE (loch speedo)

Anemometer Penn Lann

GPS Magellan Nav 1200

VHF Sailor

Research Equipment

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Stereo hydrophonic arrays (range 3 Hz - 32 kHz)

DAT recorder Sony TCD- D100 DAT

Underwater loud speaker

Mixer 6 channels

Underwater camera Panasonic CCD Camera WV-KS152

Videocamera Canon XL 1s zoom lens 16x (XL 5.5-88mm IS II)

Videorecorder BETACAM SP Sony.

Videocamera Sony DCR-PC110E plus

Videocamera Sony DCR-PC7E

Underwater case for DCR-PC7E Sony

Colour Monitor Roadstar

Videocamera Sony Hi8 CCD-TR780E

Digital camera Canon Eos 10D digital auto-focus (pixel 6.30 megapixel, 3088 x 2056)

Telephoto zoom lens 100-400mm F4.5-56L Image Stabilizer, Ultrasonic Motor

Laptop Toshiba Satellite pentium 4



JeanGabdeckThe interior consists of a large kitchen with a table and exterior windows, a sleeping-room for six people (accommodation in bunks), a bathroom for males and one for females (cold water), a dressing room, a resident crew accommodation with another bathroom, and in the bow area, the “sailor cabin” with accommodation for two or three (children).

Often in the sleeping-room are housed people of different sexes. We use the showers in the marina harbor (hot water - free).

The deck of Jean Gab is appreciated during navigation: there is the cockpit with aft wheelhouse and benches. The cockpit is protected from the wind and comfortably communicating with the indoor kitchen; at the center of the boat at the foot of the mast is an external lounge with the table.

Life on board sailing vessels is a choice: simple life in common, conservation of resources and energy, eco-friendly lifestyle.


We have been contacted by the Meunier Daragnes family, the heirs of Jean Gabriel Daragnes, first owner of Jean Gab.

In particular, we contacted Pierre Meunier who gave us these beautiful pictures of Jean Gab dating from both the construction to the early sailing years.

Pierre's grandmother, Jeannine Daragnes, married  three times, the last with Jean Gabriel; but her first wedding was with a Meunier from which Paul Meunier, Pierre’s father, was born.

Today, Pierre and his sister are probably the only heirs of Jean Gabriel Daragnes, writes Pierre, who did not know whether in Bordeaux, where Jean Gabriel was born, there are still some other member of the family. Pierre, now, lives in Spain, in Barcelona.

Jean Gabriel Daragnes (1889-1950) was a printer and publisher in Paris, but also a painter-illustrator and engraver.

As an artist, he began his career as a painter, soon shifting to the art of engraving.

His works are prove of his love for books. Not only he himself illustrated his own books, but he was also a master typographer and bibliophile.

He gathered around himself a circle of friends which included writers such as Colette, Carco, Valéry, Mac Orlan, Celine and Giraudoux and artists including Galanis, Bofa, Dufy, Gen Paul, Falke and publisher Paul Emile.

They met every Saturday in Montmartre, Daragnes atelier, where all new projects and common works where taking shapes.