Young Corentin’s new adventure (this time without jute)


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Screen 05-2457522 at 11:15:18 a.m.We met him when in 2011 he had built a jute fiber boat, Tara-Tari, with which he had sailed the seas of Bangladesh, and in 2013 with the Gold of Bengal, also made of jute, becoming a symbol of environmentally sustainable sailing. Today Corentin de Chatelperron embarks on a new challenge: a three-year round-the-world voyage aboard a Kennex 445 catamaran.

Corentin wants with this trip to raise awareness once again of the use of natural materials and resources. Some examples? Rather than using a desalinizer, it will collect rainwater; electricity will be provided by a generator … pedal located on the bow; Corentin will have a greenhouse and insect farm on board; the remaining energy will be produced by wind generators, solar panels, and hydro-generator .

At each port of call they will embark a navigator or inventor, to share this project with them and always find new insights to improve it. She will then share her travelogue on


One of the stars of the Paris Boat Show is a small boat built entirely of jute fiber, which has sailed thousands of miles in total energy and power autonomy, under the command of a 30-year-old Frenchman. What a great story!

At the Paris Boat Show, hidden among the “normal” boats, we found an exceptional boat (and story). At booth M 69 you will marvel as you admire a small boat, Gold of Bengal, which sailed in seven months across the Bay of Bengal, from Bangladesh to Malaysia, via the Nicobar and Andaman Islands.

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But that is not what will surprise you; the boat is constructed entirely of Jute fiber, without in ounce of fiberglass. On board during navigation was a tropical greenhouse, two chickens, and a hand-held watermaker. The protagonist of this beautiful adventure, who built the boat himself and sailed a good part of the way solo, is a 30-year-old Frenchman, Corentin de Chatelperron, who wanted to prove with this small venture of his that it is possible, even today, to live completely independently at sea, without spending a penny and without using anything that is not produced from natural raw materials, adapted for nautical use with only manual labor.

Watch the video of Gold of Bengal


Corentin de Chatelperron is on his second adventure with a jute boat; in 2009 he had built Tara Tari (40 percent jute fiber and 60 percent fiberglass) to reach France from Bangladesh. The young Frenchman had traveled to Bangadesh, after earning an engineering degree, to work at a shipyard building fiberglass boats. Fascinated by the boat-building methods of poor local fishermen who used materials recovered from nature, he decided to move away from fiberglass. Now he tells his story at the Paris show, the temple of fiberglass.



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