These marvellous junks needed to be ‘occidentalised’ without betraying them, to bring them within the reach of those who wish to build one.
Hence, I designed a junk which preserves the proven attributes of the traditional Chinese junk, whilst adapting it to modern building techniques. And so the first Jonque de Plaisance was born, a 12.5m to be built in polyester. It didn’t take much to convince me to develop a second version in timber, as timber for me is a one of the most amazing material with unique properties.
There is always a richness, somewhat more than psychological, to be found in natural materials. No matter how clever our inventors are, plastic and various synthetic fibres will never replace leather, silk, wool or timber. The intellect refuses to accept them as such. There is something sensual in the contact with what I consider to be living material. And so, the second Jonque de Plaisance 12.50M was born (for strip-planking construction). Since then, at clients’ requests, the 12.5m has had big sisters and little sisters.
The Jonque de Plaisance family includes the 10.50M, 12.50M, 14M, and 16.50M Jonques de Plaisance.
Dimitri Le Forestier.