At the helm of Privilège stands Philippe Jeantot, renowned solo sailor and creator of the prestigious Vendée Globe; the yacht race that all sailors dream of conquering, the Everest of the oceans. Not satisfied with breaking records in his single-handed round-the-world racing career, Philippe dreamt of exploring the seven seas with his family alongside him. He spent the solitary hours conjuring up the perfect vessel in his imagination: a 12-meter catamaran. Determined to make the world tour with family a reality, on his return to shore Phillipe established a shipyard in Les Sables d’Olonne, France, where he created the boat of his dreams. This shipyard would later become Privilège – the place where dream boats are still created.
The spirit of ocean racing is still at the heart of what Privilège do. This mindset is reflected in our partnership with Arnaud Boissières, a four-time Vendée Globe participant. His maritime sense and competitive spirit challenges and inspires us to go further, to push boundaries, to progress, to seek new sources of inspiration and innovation. Together, we create catamarans that previously people could only dream of – faster, safer, stronger. Catamarans that take you further, allowing new frontiers to be explored, new experiences to be savoured.
Born from that dream of a family adventure far beyond the horizon and the extensive experience of offshore racing, Privilège craftsmanship delivers on a dual promise of quality and innovation. Our catamarans are not just beautiful and high-performing; they precisely meet the demands of long oceanic crossings. Our elevated standards exceed the expectations of even the most discerning sailor. To consistently meet this challenge, we collaborate with top engineers, architects and designers, employ cutting-edge tools for structural calculations and hull design and have developed the highest industry specifications. From the hull design to the finishing of a seat cushion, our unique Privilège expertise and attention to detail is in everything we do.
Look beyond the prestigious brand, and you’ll find at its core Privilège is a very special shipyard that has brought together approximately two hundred professional craftspeople. All are passionate about their craft. Each have their own expertise. They are all committed to building handcrafted catamarans capable of meeting any challenge.
Privilège produces around fifteen boats per year. ‘Only fifteen?!’ some might exclaim. But each painstakingly created vessel caters to the needs of a single client. That might be a fervent sailor, a couple, a family; all connoisseurs. Each client is unique, and each Privilège catamaran is equally unique. It is this exclusivity that makes Privilège stand out as a brand apart in the marketplace as well as out on the water.
At Privilège, quality also means service. We take pride in nurturing long-term client relationships that go the distance. A crew sailing on a Privilège enjoys a permanent connection with the shipyard and benefits from round-the-clock assistance, every day of the year, should they need it. If called upon, a shipyard technician from Les Sables d’Olonne will personally go out to help a catamaran waiting for assistance. This obsession with quality and attention to service creates an exceptional relationship between the shipyard and its clients.