Mail Bag! Zaca Models and a bit of History

14 Jun
Robert de Cantelar writes to us:

To whom it may concern…..

The first time I saw her was during summer 1964, in Villefranche, so alone…..already careless !

I’m and I was the first expert and master who has studied and carry out the file for the first restoration of ZACA for a well known French financier, aborted the day of signing the final contract because of an indiscretion of Camper & Nicholson in Cannes.

It was in 1988.

The manager of Villefranche Shipyard was Mr. Lagarrigue and we had a great team together, in vain ….

Part of the funding for the study was provided by a series of 92 half-hull of ZACA carved in the wood of the main boom of the boat we had cut up in the presence of a bailiff.

I carved them. The Nr 0 is home. (Pict)

I also made a model, flush deck, complete with masts to show to our customers the beauty of the restored boat lines. (Some pict)

Masts, booms, pole are made with original ZACA main boom wood, the stand too. Oregon pine.

I still have some plank of this wood that I use with the respect due to a relic ….

I carved too, a half-hull 103 Cm long in Teak, Azobe, Wengé, Bronze and Cuba Mahogany. (Pict)

Because of lack of space I sell my two collections of models and half-hull, so, it is normal that I propose to you in priority those of ZACA.

All these pieces have a story linked to this exceptional boat, even their material, many pictures as she was when near to sink, almost abandoned.

Some more things at home.

Are following some pictures and my address.

Best regards,

R de Cantelar.

Capitaine Marine Marchande.
Ingénieur mécanicien MTU – MAN – Cat.
Expert en moteurs Diesel marins – Survey.
Agent exclusif “Rémora 2000” COMEX
1003 Rte de St Jacques – 06810
Auribeau sur Siagne.

+33 (0)4 93 609 189 et +33 (0)6 03 783 713


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  1. Gentleman Tim

    June 14, 2016 at 3:43 pm

    Robert, this work is magnificent! What remarkable talent and devotion. Thank you so very much for allowing us to see this treasure! Absolutely wonderful.

    • Robert de Cantelar

      June 18, 2016 at 4:28 pm

      Gentleman Tim,
      I answer to you late because I wasn’t registered, now yes.
      Many thanks for your so kind comment.
      Are you passionate too, about boats (those significant !) of course… ?
      Thank you to be indulgent with “my english”.
      Robert de Cantelar.

  2. The Zaca

    June 16, 2016 at 1:35 am

    What a treat for the eyes…amazing work..thank you so much for posting…