The return of the small Pabouk sailboats
Pabouk was born in 1998 in the head of Antoine Carmichael. Inspired by the Vadcar, a 10-foot canoe built in Le Havre in 1892 by Edmond Leplat, he launched the first sailboat in the range, the Pabouk 260, a small liquid ballast catboat. Since then, each new model marked the end of the production of its predecessor, to the great regret of the many lovers of these pretty little boats. One of them, Patrick Bergeat, a former industrial director in a pharmaceutical group, in search of a passionate job for his late career, will remedy this. In agreement with Antoine Carmichael, he will relaunch the construction of the 3 old models, the Pabouk 260, Pabouk 360 and Pabouk Love, through the Pabouk Company.
Pabouk at Brest 2016
Bringing the Pabouk spirit and the range to life
In 20 years and 4 models, Antoine Carmichael has produced 120 boats. "I wish to keep the Pabuk spirit. It will remain an artisanal construction, identical to the original, while keeping the quality and finish. I'm not going to make a production line," explains Patrick Bergeat. "We also want to make the construction site a place to live and meet for the Pabouk community. We're going to redesign the hangar and have a showroom with all three boats."
The revival of Pabouk's production should quickly be successful in the face of a very weak second-hand market. "There are about twenty Pabouk 360s sailing the Aber Wrach with a very active class. They wanted to order new boats as soon as the launch of the Pabouk Compagnie was announced," confirms Patrick Bergeat. The range of sailing yachts could also continue to expand in the future.
A project operational in 2019
The Pabouk Company is expected to sell its first boats in 2019. The company acquired the sailboat moulds from Antoine Carmichael. It has also found a facility in Gouesnac'h, the brand's cradle. With 250 m² of covered buildings and 2400 m² of storage space, the site was the first site of the High Tide site, now located in Trégunc. The creator of the Pabouk will continue the production of the Pabouk 700 in his historical workshop.