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PRIVILÈGE 585: Welcome to the world of dreams

Published on 01 august 2002 at 0h00

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The French multihulls fleet has a new flagship. With Outremer 64’, Marquises, Catana 581, Lagoon 570 and Yapluka 60, the flotilla was more than exceptional. But now, the brand new Privilège will be wreaking havoc in this nomenklatura: here is EASY CRUISE, paradox or reality?

The Alliaura Group took over the activities and premises of Jeantot Marine in Les Sables d’Olonne, also operating Kirié and J.Composites. In other words, this new ‘heavyweight’ in the nautical industry of Vendée, now builds Privilège multihulls! Despite the manager’s renown at the time, the first Privilège 47 and 48 dsigned by Guy Ribadeau Dumas suffered from a rather confused image in public opinion probably linked to their essentially professional use (rental or chartering) made of these boats. Yet, despite a few structural problems due to lack of experience in some 47, the intensive use of these catamarans, precursors in large craft, seems to have met with general satisfaction. Today, another marketing and industrial strategy prevails. To paraphrase a famous slogan: a shipyard’s flexibility, a group’s strength: in concrete terms, this is materialized in a series of attitudes around which is organized the Alliaura team’s new challenge and that of their favorite designer Marc Lombard. Pooling resources, rationalizing procedures, fine quality construction and finishing are particularly perceptible. The range comprises five models: 37’, 435, 465, 585 and 65’. During my visit, the...

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