The Black Pepper yachts set up in Nantes
The Black Pepper shipyard, specialist in top-of-the-range and technological sailboats, is moving. The builder, currently based in Orvault, north of the Nantes area, is going to lay the moulds for its boats on the banks of the Loire, in the Bas Chantenay district, the historic cradle of Nantes' shipbuilding industry, where the city wants to create a centre dedicated to nautical and maritime companies.
" Black Pepper's new premises will be just over 2,000 m² covered, plus about the same amount of land. Today our buildings in Orvault are 600 m² " says Michel Douville de Franssu. " The city of Nantes came up with this project that it proposed to us. Nantes Métropole is the owner of the buildings it is rehabilitating for us. "Black Pepper will integrate the new site upon completion in July 2019.
Coping with the growth of the boats and the company
Since its creation in 2009, the size and profile of the yachts built by Black Pepper has evolved. The boats have grown and the company needed larger premises. The yard is currently building Armel Tripon's IMOCA for the next Vendée Globe 2020, the first step in ocean racing. The foil boat, designed by Samuel Manuard, will be finished in the buildings in Chantenay and launched in the autumn. The new location alongside the quay is an advantage for the large units, which should follow, avoiding complex road transport. " We're going to launch a new Code 0 (Editor's note: the 10-metre sailboat that made Black Pepper famous.) There's also a Code 2 to follow. A 72-foot Code 3 is planned for September "illustrates the founder of Black Pepper.
To cope with this growth of the company and the range, Black Pepper is investing in its tooling and should recruit quickly. The yacht yard currently employs around ten people.