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Founded in 1976, Fountaine Pajot boatyard launched its first sail cruising catamaran in 1983 followed by the first power cruising catamaran in 1998.
From the outset, we have been innovation-driven, updating our ranges regularly to retain our market leader position while servicing the demands of our discerning clientele who share our passion for sailing.
Our Flagship class was developed in 2008 for our largest yachts, exceptional models available in Fountaine Pajot’s sail catamaran and power and sail catamaran ranges.
We care about the impact of our catamarans on the environment. Each model is available in an “ECO CONCEPT” version, i.e. positive energy boats incorporating renewable energy sources, strongly reducing the ecological footprint of our power catamarans.
Fountaine Pajot’s operations are based at two high performance tech modern sites:
• La Rochelle produces our FLAGSHIP sail and power cats and just a few miles away,
• Aigrefeuille produces our core cruising catamaran line.
Welcome to the Fountaine Pajot family of passionate, brand-loyal owners!
Fountaine Pajot Catamarans
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GREAT SEA-FARING QUALITIES
Designed by sailors, Fountaine-Pajot catamarans are ocean-going boats above all. Their balanced hulls are at ease in all sea types and conditions. Their efficient, well fitted bridge ensures simple manoeuvring and comfortable navigation for the crew.
Fountaine-Pajot catamarans are well canvassed, with high surface/movement ratios. To keep a low centre of gravity, the genoas cover a large area and the mainsail has a good roach, thanks to large, rigid battens. Winding the jib and battened mainsails on ball-bearing travellers, you can easily adapt the sails to weather conditions in order to tap the boat’s full potential. Fountaine-Pajot has chosen an exceptional sail loft – INCIDENCES – the leader for all major crossings in multi-hulled boats. Fountaine Pajot delivers top-of-the-range sails on its series of catamarans.
Fountaine-Pajot catamarans have crossed the Atlantic more than 500 times and travelled around the world on dozens of occasions. When built, most catamarans sail to their future mooring, whether in the Mediterranean, Caribbean, Asia, Australia or even South Pacific.
VERY MUCH COMFORTABLE CATAMARANS IN NAVIGATION AND MOORING
SPACIOUS CATAMARANS DESIGNED FOR LIVING
Onboard a Fountaine-Pajot catamaran, life is split between two well-defined spaces:
the saloon for socializing and the passageways and hulls for intimacy.
The saloon with its 360° panoramic view
The saloon enjoys a 360° panoramic view: it is the ideal place to cook, dine, relax with friends or draw up navigation charts. There is constant protection from the sun with a shelter on all Fountaine-Pajot catamarans. This is more than a hallmark. It prevents the greenhouse effect and keeps the bridge in the shade at all times.
The galley: convivial and very well equipped
Everything is set out to help with onboard cooking. The open galley for use in all circumstances has different storage areas to suit all navigational needs. It extends to the cockpit, doubling the area for socializing when moored.
Intimacy in the hulls
“In all Fountaine-Pajot catamarans the cabins are located in the hulls, completely isolated and independent with high ceilings and wide passageways. They are distant from machine rooms and have ventilation systems that result from extensive research.”
Descent into passageways
The breadth and height of stairs are planned for sailors of a larger build (approx. 60-70cm wide and 1m90 tall) as well as children, with the steps fixed at a reasonable height.
An owner’s hull
We have developed an owner’s version to meet steady demand from our customers. This model is the result of lengthy research and development by the designers and architects, who expanded upon an established framework to manufacture a quality boat.
The result is this: for each model there is the option of an owner version – Maestro – in which an entire hull is designed to accommodate an owner’s cabin with its own specific features.
All boats are designed so that boarding requires just one step up. One of the sterns is completely bare (the other has a stainless steel ladder) to help when maneuvering the dinghy. This removes any obstacle and prevents damage.
SURFACES FREE FROM OBSTACLES
In the same way, integrated fittings make onboard movement easier. There is nothing on the bridge that could hurt: no shrouds or fittings in the passages or catwalk. Everything is very clear and comfortable. The base of the chandeliers is incorporated into the side of the hulls.
STABLE CATAMARANS AT SAIL AND WHILE ANCHORED
With their excellent performance at sea, Fountaine-Pajot catamarans are stable during navigation, without any uncomfortable rolling. Well balanced, they remain stable when anchored, allowing for special moments in complete tranquillity.
The anchor is centered to increase comfort and safety.
TECHNICAL AREAS AWAY FROM THE COCKPIT
The engine rooms are independent, separate from the cockpit.
This helps with maintenance and obviously reduces noise.
EASIER MANEUVERING IN PORT
The dual engines and the position of the steering station mean that maneuvering is easier than with a single-hull boat.
ROBUST, HIGH-QUALITY CATAMARANS
The unsinkable nature and interior partitioning of our boats are key factors in their safety. Pockets of air or foam in the ends of the boat make it unsinkable. The watertight partitioning of each hull mean they can be sealed off in the event of accident or leak.
ANTI-SHOCK, FIXED WINGS
As a safety measure, the wings are completely separate parts of the hulls, keeping the boat saloon in the event of a serious accident.
This also means they are easier to repair or replace.
OVER 30 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE AND TECHNOLOGICAL DEVELOPMENT
The Fountaine-Pajot boatyard was a pioneer in the manufacture of composite cruising catamarans. After developing and perfecting sandwich construction technology, the company implemented two new technological procedures: RTM eco and Infusion.
Infusion: the smart choice
This new technology is the result of several years of upstream research to advance manufacturing techniques and improve working conditions. The whole structure of the boat will be coated with different layers of dry-glued material. Resin will easily fill the gaps in one go.
The advantages of this approach are :
• a perfectly homogenous composite
• protection from the environment and consideration of future changes in legislation
• governing solvents
• better working conditions.
• reduced weight compared with manual injection.
CHECKS AT EACH STAGE OF THE MANUFACTURING PROCESS AND CERTIFICATION FOR THE WHOLE COMPANY
Construction of a Fountaine-Pajot catamaran includes checks at each stage of the manufacturing process, in line with ISO 9001 V2000. The strength of the composite is measured on each part after removal from the mould, using the Barcol process, and a heat test is then used on samples of each boat to check gel-coats and laminates’ resistance to hydrolysis. Resistance of deck and panel glue to wear and tear and bad weather is also tested. Once complete, the boat is placed in the workshop pool for tests and checks.
All equipment is tried out and a system of soaking ensures that the unit is completely watertight. In anticipation of future developments, the boatyard’s technical department keeps an extensive file on each vessel: it references all materials and products used, as well as all equipment installed. The exact position of certain specific items is also archived, along with composite samples.
There is complete traceability for each unit leaving the workshop: an essential aid to future maintenance. Perfectly equipped and tested, our catamarans are then ready to sail. Once in the water, they will take to the sea to join their new home. Many cross the Atlantic or even the Pacific, guaranteed to be reliable and seaworthy.
I.C.N.N product certification
All Fountaine-Pajot catamarans and trawler catamarans have EC certification in accordance with EU directive 94/25.
ISO 9001 V2000 breaks down into several test levels
Product quality: from design to launch. Traceability: knowing components and the conditions under which items are manufactured throughout the production chain.
• During manufacture, team leaders carry out informal checks throughout production,
• At the end of the composite manufacture, the quality control department carries out aesthetic and structural checks, etc.
• After assembly, the quality control department carries out checks on the completed vessel (aesthetic and functional),
• Before delivery/use.
• refrigeration units,
RELIABILITY AND CONSTRUCTOR EXPERIENCE
A robust, stable company :
When you buy a boat, you want to know that the constructor is reliable and financially sound.
The Fountaine-Pajot boatyard was founded more than 30 years ago in 1976, and is still led by the same team. The company is now listed on the Alternex market of the EURONEXT NYSE. This requires financial transparency that is checked by the supervisory authorities. Shareholders’ equity doubled in 2007 to reach €14 million.
Strong brand awareness and an international network
Fountaine-Pajot is the only boatyard in the world to offer two broad ranges of catamaran with excellent resale value. Its international distribution network, which includes VOLVO PENTA, guarantees excellent customer service and reliable supply outlets.
With unrivalled experience to date, Fountaine-Pajot has, by August 31st 2010, have built over 2050 cruising catamarans that sale throughout the world.