Chebec in the Golfe de St. Tropez ca. 1979

Chebec was designed by Claude Graf and built by Tung Hwa Marine in Taiwan. Her first launch was in 1977 and at the moment she is being fully rebuilt and re-equipped.

She was built for french architect Francois Spoerry (wikipedia link & article) who was a friend of Claude Graf. Spoerry was famous from creating the Port-Grimaud near St. Tropez.

After being built Chebec shipped from Taiwan to Casablanca from where Claude Graf sailed her to Port-Grimaud where she was sailed by Spoerry for the next years.

We’ve heard that Chebec was later on sold to a man who was running the Wolksvagen factory in Mexico. There was also text  Road Town underneath a thick layer of old paint and stickers that used to say London.

Tthe next information of Chebec’s adventures is from a french document in 1991 the next ones are from contract of sales 1999 when she was sold to Luxembourg, 2002 when she was sold to London, ownership change in 2004 and in 2006 she finally came to Sweden. Due to her bad condition she stayed on dry land ever since. Chebec was bought again in 2017 by us and registered to Finland.


Designer Claude Graf
Manufacturer: Tung Hwa Marine
Type: Ketch
Year built: 1977
Flag: Finland
Length overall LOA (m): 19,5
Length (m): 16.00
Beam (m): 4.1
Draft (m): 2.4
Weight dry: 25000
First launch: 1977
No. of previous owners: 4
Engine: Marine Diesel MD170 V8
HP: 170
Fuel: Diesel
Fuel Capacity: 1000
Material hull: GRP
Material deck: Teak
Fresh water capacity: 1000
No. of cabins: 2
No. of berths: 7
Headroom: 2.2
WC & bathrooms: 2



Origin of the chebecs

Chebecs (or xebecs) have a long history but the most important thing to remember is that they were Mediterranean ships used by Barbary pirates and that the name originates to arabic shabbak which means “a small warship”. There is more, and more boring, information in wikipedia.