Factory Tour May 2018

1.  The Facilities:

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The Privilege Marine shipyard enjoys a compelling location in Les Sables d’Olonne, France. 

Not only is it an ideal facility for building and launching its premium line of catamarans but it is also the departure point of the famous Vendée Globe solo, around the world race. 

This is the same location where the company was started by Philippe Jeantot (himself a solo circumnavigation champion) in 1985.

2.  Let’s start at the end.  Commissioning:

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  1. Mast being delivered for a 6 Series.
  2. Typical cluster of tools seen at the early stages of commissioning.
  3. Interior work at the dock. Upholstery is always added last.
  4. New 5 Series with rigging in place.

3.  Working from the outside in. The fiberglass shop:

The hulls, decks and structural bulkheads are all infused sandwich with Vinylester based resins known for their anti osmosis properties.

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  1.  5 Series deck mold is polished and waxed before the lay up begins.
  2.  On the 5 Series the mold is first sprayed with gelcoat.
  3.  This metal frame provides support and  is then used to turn over the newly constructed deck.
  4.  A newly completed deck being trimmed.
  5.  Shop for small fiberglass components.
  6.  5 Series hull #21. This will be the first boat with the Phase 2 design changes.
  7.  Deck in place and ready to be lifted on the the hull.

4.  Installation of equipment and furniture:

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  1.  Notice that all bulkheads are made of infused closed cell foam coring; no plywood or balsa is used.
  2.  Preparation for installation of crossbeam.
  3.  Furniture is carefully protected during construction.
  4.  Furniture is protected.

5.  Design and Engineering:

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  1.  Each yacht requires weeks and sometimes months of preplanning and the design office makes sure all goes as planned on the factory floor.
  2.  Most renderings are computer generated, but sometimes a hand sketch best captures a clients ideas.
An invitation: 
Our next visit to the Privilege Marine facilities and the town of Les Sables d’Olonne will be in mid-July.  You are always very welcome to join us and if timing allows, a sea trial is a real possibility. 
Contact rob@privilegecatamaransamerica.com

Visit the shipyard of Privilege Marine

Visit Les Sables d'Olonne

Spring is here and summer is just around the corner. Visit the shipyard of Privilege Marine. This summer will be especially exciting with the Golden Globe Race of 2018 departing from Les Sables d’Olonne on July 1st.

At the present time, there is a 5 SERIES, EUPHORIE POWER CAT and a 7 SERIES at the dock and a 6 SERIES ready to be launched.  The 5 Series at various stages of construction can be seen inside the facilities.

Interested? To make arrangements to visit the shipyard contact rob@privilegecatamaransamerica.com

Privilege Marine has a new website!

French Design meets German Engineering

Privilege Marine News


Privilege Marine and Hanse Yachts AG are pleased to announce the launch of the first Privilege sailing catamaran under the new ownership arrangement.

During the past nine months there has been much progress in the establishment of new processes to achieve greater efficiency and to formalizes the working relationship between Privilege Marine and the Hanse Yachts AG team.  Enhancements have been made to our facilities, new employees have been hired and trained in order to adjust to new production methods that have already improved our ability to maintain a more consistent production.  The current plan is to deliver 10 catamarans (sail and power) by year’s end.

Privilege Catamaran 5 Series

The recently launched Privilege 5 Series maintains the company’s core values to build the highest quality, ocean going, elegantly designed and semi-custom yachts tailored to our owners requirements.  In addition to performance upgrades to the sails and rigging, the saloon has been redefined to feature an enlarged lounge area offering more space.

Privilege Catamaran 5 Series

Privilege CEO Gilles Wagner says, “ With Hanse Yachts AG, we have combined our knowledge and efforts to produce a vessel that demonstrates great optimism for the future development of the brand.  We have remained true to our mission and high standards.  Above all, a Privilege embodies, next to quality and elegance, confidence.  Confidence in my team and myself that all future Privilege owners can count on.”

We cordially invite you to tour our Privilege 5 Series and Privilege 6 Series sailing catamarans at the International Multihull Show at La Grande Motte, France from April 18th to the 22nd, 2018.

Learn More about the 5 Series