A pointy anchored in its territory

Coco is a typical Marseille pointu, born in 1969 in Carqueiranne. But it's a pointu (we also say "barquette") a bit rare because it's a sailboat and its boat is very swaying. (Traditional single boat, long piece of stanchion) Until 2018, Coco was called Scorpion. It was used by the Boudmer association, of which Fanny Havas, the current owner, was a member. In 2020, during the launch, Coco is part of several social and heritage projects: firstly because it is an old ship completely restored locally at the Chantier Naval Borg. He uses traditional know-how for 3 generations of carpenters to refurbish his cabin, repair the planking and the foredeck. Coco's upholstery is custom made by Jill Sellerie, from artisan Jill Devaux, a sailor expert in marine tailoring, luggage and illustrator artist. Finally, Coco, in addition to having participated extensively in the annual maritime events of the Marseille region (Festival of boating, September at sea...) and used to receive various audiences (associations, young people from social centers, homes) is now a pioneer in the organization of "Sea For All" events with two participations in the "Au bout la mer" days organized by the Town Hall of 1&7, the Marseille vue de la mer collective and the Marseille Capitale de la mer association. Fanny, founder of these events is also at the heart of the organization of the Solidarity Parade organized by the Office of the sea in July 2022 even if Coco, strong from her engine failure, cannot set foot in the water. When Boudmer had to part with Coco during the renovation of the Old Port, Fanny decided to save him. And it's bet to win: she started sailing and in search of a second life for Coco. A hyperactive & inclusive second life. A second life always full of meaning and full of hope.

Barquette, symbol of Marseille life

The Marseille barquette is the worthy representative of a large family of Mediterranean boats. Barquette, in Provençal as in Italian barqueto, designates a small boat. We find there the origin from which came the shipwrights who “invented” the Marseille barquette.

 

Symbol of Marseille maritime life and embodiment of the naval know-how of our shipyards, the Marseille barquette and its cousins Pointus, Gozzo, Tartanes, are robust and comfortable seagoing boats, present in Marseille since the 18th century. It was the shipwrights of the great south of Italy who imported the shapes of these boats and their technical characteristics at the end of the 19th century and which still persist. A large part of the Marseille barquettes was originally used for professional fishing. Today, they are mostly dedicated to yachting, especially recreational fishing, for which they offer very good seakeeping.

 

Coco is therefore now one of the 502 boats listed by the "Heritage, culture and traditional boats" commission of the Office de la Mer, carried out in 2005, it is also labeled Boat of Heritage Interest in 2011, renewed in 2015 and 2019.

Archives of Coco, during the change of ownership in 2018

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Experiences at sea

To summarize on Coco we can: 

 

Dream / Navigate / Help each other / Draw / Dance / Eat / Dive / Listen to each other / Kiss / Have fun / Connect / Enjoy / Meet / Imagine / Chat / Learn / Innovate / Kiffer / Twerk / Swaguer / Plot / Ramble

 

All experiences imagined all have generosity as a red thread. Share a dinner imagined by a local chef, learn to sail, exchange stories about Marseille, marvel at the fauna and flora, meet new people on board during a group outing, everything is thought out to promote cohesion and create social ties aboard a floating jewel.    

Biodiversity, what are we doing?

On the subject of biodiversity, we teach through practice what our oceans and the Mediterranean Sea are made of by evoking animal and plant species but also fossilized with the geology of Marseille. By also addressing historical themes and anecdotes about the creation of the city, passengers come out full of knowledge and attention to their natural environment.

In addition, with these outings at sea, we are creating a “Watch plankton” project which aims to collect data on the biodiversity of the waters of Marseilles for the operation of the various scientific research centres. Our onboard scientist will follow a research protocol to produce this data.

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The invisible world of plankton

Have you asked yourself the question: what does plankton look like? How do jellyfish eat? Why does the cormorant spread its wings when coming out of the water?

The Coco boat turns into a Coco-lab and takes you on a scientific mission with Anjelika, biologist and guide-lecturer, to better understand the marine biodiversity of Marseille.

Plankton fishing and microscope observation.

Planktons are a vast community of living beings drifting with the currents. They are both tiny algae and animals, bacteria and viruses, but also gelatinous animals several meters tall such as jellyfish and ctenaries. We will observe this mysterious world under the microscope or with the naked eye to understand its fundamental role in marine life.

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