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May 27, 2016

cont_jeanneau-logoHenri Jeanneau first started by building a wooden hull with which he participated in the 6-hour Paris race, the largest national race at the time. He was first to cross the line, and this stimulated him. In 1959, he hired canoe builders as apprentices in his new business, “the Nautical Hall of the West,” which would become, a few years later, the Jeanneau shipyards.

In 1961, Jeanneau’s first fibreglass powerboat made its debut. It was the Calanque. It retained the wooden deck and featured the lines of a frigate, which made perfect sense because it was molded onto a wooden hull. That same year, a dream became a reality: Jeanneau created the first all-fibreglass boat. This new material, a petrochemical product, created an unprecedented technological advantage.

From a single mould, hundreds of hulls could be created. The fibreglass was applied to the mould and impregnated with resin, spread on by a roller. Afterward, workers had only to wait for the new hull to cure, and then they moved on to the next one.

It was the beginning of a grand saga of powerboats built at over 1,500 in a series. One after another, the names followed: the “Squale,” the “Lion de Mer,” the “Caraïbe,” and then the first great Jeanneau motor yacht, the “Impérator 900,” launched in 1966. The grand product lines included: Skanes, Arcachonnais, Esteou, Cap Camarat, Merry Fisher, Leader and Prestige.


In the late 1960’s, pleasure cruising sailboats became mainstream, and shipyards like Jeanneau would produce their first sailboats to benefit from this new enthusiasm for sailing. Technological innovations lowered production and purchasing costs and pleasure cruising became accessible to nearly everyone. Sailboat production exploded with the fabulous Sangria, a model launched by Jeanneau in 1970 that sold over 2,700 boats. This formidable success cemented Jeanneau’s place at the forefront of the marine industry in the design and construction of cruising sailboats.

The strength of Jeanneau can be seen in the beauty of the boats. World-renowned designers and architects work with the in-house teams from the inception of each project and provide their expertise and innovative ideas.

A Jeanneau must be responsive, agile and fast. Performance encompasses not only speed but exceptional handling under power, smooth passage through heavy seas, confidence and control. Every experience onboard a Jeanneau is enhanced by the well-balanced sail plans, modern hulls, high-end sails and quality deck hardware.

Each new Jeanneau is comprehensively designed via the powerful CATIA® design software. This software allows Jeanneau to design a better boat with more attention to detail in a shorter timeframe.blog_jeanneau1

A specialized Research & Design facility at Jeanneau houses 130 engineering specialists. This facility is unique in the boat-building sector, providing R&D resources usually available only to large aeronautical and automobile companies.

The total quality control system tracks a product through the entire production process and beyond. From laboratory tests of each batch of resin to tank testing, customer satisfaction questionnaires and frequent supplier reviews, Jeanneau continually seeks ways to improve the boats.

Quality starts with the best materials and components. Aboard a Jeanneau you will find equipment from the leaders in each field, because only suppliers that share the commitment to quality control and product excellence are used. These premium suppliers also help ensure servicing of the boat’s components world-wide.

Peace of mind is part of the Jeanneau experience, which is why safety is standard. Jeanneau conducts extensive finite element analysis of the structural systems, design secure handholds throughout, utilize large hatches that double as emergency egress routes, and only use the highest quality deck fittings. This helps create the legendary Jeanneau seaworthiness that comes with 50 years of experience in building offshore boats.

All Jeanneau boats carry the CE certification which ensures strict standards for stability, safety and structure. In addition, all boats 12 m and over are certified by the Bureau Veritas, an independent engineering certification. This certification includes every part of the conception and building process.

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