Black Pepper, bigger premises for bigger yachts

The Black Pepper shipyard is moving. A change made necessary by the larger and more numerous boats and supported by Nantes' policy towards yachting, water sports and the sea.

Black Pepper sailboats set up in Nantes

The Black Pepper shipyard, a specialist in high-end and technological sailing yachts, is moving. The builder, currently based in Orvault, in the north of the Nantes conurbation, will lay the moulds for its boats on the banks of the Loire, in the Bas Chantenay district, the historic cradle of Nantes shipbuilding, where the city wishes to create a centre dedicated to nautical and maritime companies.

Since its creation in 2009, the size and profile of the yachts built by Black Pepper has evolved. The boats grew and the company needed larger premises. The yard is currently building the IMOCA d'Armel Tripon for the next Vendée Globe 2020, the first step in ocean racing. The sailboat, designed by Samuel Manuard, will be finished in the Chantenay buildings and launched in the fall. The new dockside location is an advantage for the large units that 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," says Black Pepper's founder. Black Pepper's new premises will be a little over 2,000 m² covered, plus about as much land. Today our buildings in Orvault are 600 m² "Black Pepper's new premises will be a little over 2,000 m² covered, plus about as much land. Today our buildings in Orvault are 600 m²", explains Michel Douville from Franssu. "The city of Nantes came with this project it proposed to us. Nantes Metropole owns the buildings it rehabilitates for us." Black Pepper will integrate the new site at the end of the work in July 2019. The city of Nantes came with this project that it proposed to us. Nantes Métropole owns the buildings it renovates for us. "Black Pepper's new premises will be a little over 2,000 m² covered, plus about as much land. Today our buildings in Orvault are 600 m²", explains Michel Douville from Franssu. "The city of Nantes came with this project it proposed to us. Nantes Metropole owns the buildings it rehabilitates for us." Black Pepper will integrate the new site at the end of the work in July 2019.

Code 2 of the Black Pepper site

Coping with the growth of boats and the company

Since its creation in 2009, the size and profile of the yachts built by Black Pepper has evolved. The boats grew and the company needed larger premises. The yard is currently building the IMOCA d'Armel Tripon for the next Vendée Globe 2020, the first step in ocean racing. The sailboat, designed by Samuel Manuard, will be finished in the Chantenay buildings and launched in the fall. The new dockside location is an advantage for the large units that 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," says Black Pepper's founder. We are going to launch a new Code 0 (Editor's note: the 10 m sailboat that made Black Pepper famous.) There is also a Code 2 to follow. A 72-foot Code 3 is planned for September Since its creation in 2009, the size and profile of the yachts built by Black Pepper has evolved. The boats grew and the company needed larger premises. The yard is currently building the IMOCA d'Armel Tripon for the next Vendée Globe 2020, the first step in ocean racing. The sailboat, designed by Samuel Manuard, will be finished in the Chantenay buildings and launched in the fall. The new dockside location is an advantage for the large units that 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," says Black Pepper's founder.

To meet this growth in the company and the range, Black Pepper is investing in its tools and should recruit quickly. The pleasure yacht yard now employs about ten people.

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