Interparus in touch! The other day we learned that Fountaine-Pajot will soon start producing motor versions of their catamarans in cooperation with a new partner. Let's talk about this collaboration.
New Subcontractor Fountaine-Pajot
One of our favorite shipyards, Fountaine-Pajot, has successfully completed 2021 and entered 2022 with confidence. Despite the economic crisis, the yachting sector has gained momentum and has grown significantly compared to the same 2020. Recently, Fountaine Pajot has experienced strong growth in demand for catamarans.
And although Fountaine Pajot would be happy to fulfill all customer requests, but, alas, there is simply not enough production capacity. Do not forget about the fact that other shipyards are stepping on their heels - CNB Lagoon, Catana Group and many others. They have, in a sense, more flexible production.
In order not only to stay afloat and fulfill orders, but also to expand, Fountaine Pajot took a serious step. The shipyard decided to transfer the creation of a line of motor catamarans to the Couach shipyard. And this is a very good deal for both shipyards.
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Couach is a shipyard based in Gujan Mestras, in the Gulf of Arcachon. The shipyard has direct access to the water, which is very practical for any production of boats and catamarans. For Couach, this deal with Fountaine-Pajot will allow Couach to continue its luxury powerboat business.
Interestingly, the shipyard's facilities have long been used for military purposes (and the famous SNSM boats). Yes, such activities were profitable, but Couach specializes in something else.
According to Ouest France, the subcontract signed with Fountaine-Pajot is for the construction of 160 units of three models MY4S, MY5 and MY6. Deliveries of these boats are planned right up to 2024.
Benefits for Fountaine-Pajot
For Fountaine-Pajot, this outsourcing of production will free up an industrial site in La Rochelle. Thanks to this, Fountaine-Pajot will be able to use it to build large sailing catamarans. At the same time, the site in Egrefiye will be reoriented to the market of small and medium-sized boats.
On an industrial level, this partnership will lead the Couach shipyard to create a modular production line dedicated to catamarans. The production of these catamarans will begin in October 2022, and the delivery of the first motorized catamarans will begin in November 2022.
The partnership between Fountaine-Pajot and Couach comes at a time when a new and very ambitious competitor is entering the market: Prestige Yachts with its Prestige M48 yacht. This event clearly changes the vectors and balance of power in this segment of yachting.
Fountaine-Pajot is gearing up for a real, bitter trade showdown that will change the sector in many ways for years to come. While it is difficult to talk about the results of this battle, but something grandiose is planned.
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