Prime contractor: a profession absent in the nautical industry
Founded in 2004 in La Rochelle by Laurent Da Rold, former technical director of Fountaine-Pajot and Jean-Philippe Houot who was in charge of Sparcraft's design office, Yacht Concept is positioned on a profession present in the building industry but absent from boating: project management. Its teams work to coordinate the various trades from the hull builder to the carpenter, including the engine manufacturer, the mast supplier or the pipe fitter, without forgetting the designer. They ensure the planning and smooth running of the site. This mission, often managed by shipyards as part of the series, requires in the case of custom-made specific skills and a significant time. Yacht Concept intends to meet this need by bringing its founders' and employees' experience of series production to the nautical industry.
The activity is structured around three areas:
- New construction
- Customization of production boats
- The refit
The Hermione: the biggest new construction!
The replica of the La Fayette boat is undoubtedly the largest new construction site managed by Yacht Concept. She mobilized several people full time for eight years. Other new boats were followed by the rock structure, such as the Kapalouest operated as a day charter by Rivages.
Customize to sell better
Yacht Concept's core activity, the customisation of production boats consists in post-production modification of a new boat leaving the yard to adapt it to the particular wishes of a shipowner. The project manager coordinates the necessary people and manages a second adaptation project, immediately after manufacture to deliver a custom boat to the client. These include special biminis, layout conversions or loading bridges.
Clients are usually people who want to keep a medium-sized boat on a comfortable budget. Particularly adapted for catamarans over 50 feet and 500 000 €, this service is carried out regularly with Lagoon, Fountaine-Pajot, Bénéteau, Nautitech... " " It's a win-win partnership with the yard. Instead of refusing a sale too far away from the production boat, he reaps it, satisfies a customer and provides work" explains Laurent Da Rold.