A story in the ocean race
Founded in 1999 by Samuel Marsaudon, Marsaudon Composites moved into the former submarine base in Lorient in 2001. The three imposing naves allow the production of large rooms, with an oven for elements 30 m long by 14 m wide.
Initially specialized in models and moulds for offshore racing boats, the company has developed into the construction of the complete boat. Thus, IDEC II, on which Francis Joyon holds the solo round the world record, has just left the shipyard in Lorient.
The fast cruise in full development
High-performance cruise ships are nowadays the yard's main activity. The TS 42 series is a success with 10 units sold since the launch at the end of 2014. A TS 48 is under development.
Marsaudon Composites is currently building the first example of another fast catamaran, the EOS 54. Still designed with Christophe Barreau, it will be presented at the Grand Pavois 2016.
On the rental catamaran side, a Catlante 720 is being prepared on the basis of the Catlante 600, in order to support the evolution of the charter market towards larger sizes.
A strategic balance
While fast cruising represents the largest part of Marsaudon Composites' turnover, the company keeps a foothold in ocean racing. During our visit, she was doing refit work for Qingdao China, formerly Idec II. This mix allows Marsaudon Composites to keep a know-how and an image linked to racing, beneficial for the cruise market.