After years at the head of Marine Composite, the Morbihan shipyard based in Crouesty, Bernard d'Assignies passed the reins. BoatIndustry met its successor, Christophe Chancerelle, to discuss his career path and the future of the company.
You have just arrived at the helm of Marine Composite. Can you tell us more about your career and your links with pleasure boating?
15 years ago, I took over the MGS company in Grand-Fougeray in Ille et Vilaine. The company specialises in anti-skid products for industry and local authorities. In particular, it provides some marinas. In 2013, I acquired ARM2, a company specializing in precision machining and the manufacture of custom metal parts. Installed on the same site, respectively on 15,000 m² for the anti-slip and 600 m² for the mechanics, the companies form a small group. On a personal level, I have always had a passion for boating, as a yachtsman.
How did the takeover of Marine Composite go?
I was already a Marine Composite customer. When Bernard d'Assignies told me he was selling the company, I was interested. I was seduced by the products and their new and classic style. There have already been 23 Bihan 6.50 built and 82 Gazelle.
What synergy do you see with your other activities?
I think there are synergies to be found, especially for the Bihan 6.50, whether with ARM2 for the custom fittings or with MGS on the anti-slip. I had already considered sharing a booth at boat shows with Marine Composite to highlight the anti-slip properties.
What developments do you plan for Marine Composite?
I can't manage to revolutionize everything. We're already going to do that well. I will rely on the team in place. The site must remain on a human scale with a family functioning. The objective is to reach 5 to 6 new boats per year and to continue the maintenance and wintering activity. We will also restart the project for new buildings. (Editor's note: the project mentioned in November 2017 on BoatIndustry, has been delayed with the sale of the company, but should be completed in 2019.)