Augizeau TE: the specialist nautical transporter has raised the bar

Boat transport by Augizeau

Taken over a year ago, the Augizeau company, which specializes in boat transport, is once again operating at full capacity. Romain Le Guen, head of communications for the Capelle Group, the new owner, takes stock of the situation and strategy.

Successful takeover for transport Augizeau

In the spring of 2019, the financial situation of the Nantes-based group Altead, a specialist in exceptional transport, led to its receivership. The various entities were finally taken over by the Capelle Group in July 2019. Altead Augizeau, which became Augizeau TE, today retains its leading position in the transport of pleasure and professional boats. "We transport more than 3,000 boats each year for builders, dealers and yachtsmen. Augizeau TE has 3 sites in France and 350 employees. Out of 350 trailers, more than 100 are adapted to the transport of boats, from monohulls to yachts or catamarans. The company achieves a significant part of its 55 Meuros turnover on the nautical sector. Although there have been some changes, the existing structure with Altead has been maintained", says Romain Le Guen, head of communications for the Capelle Group.

Arrivée de la coque centrale de l'Ultim de François Gabart, transportée par Augizeau TE
Arrival of the central hull of Franois Gabart's Ultim, transported by Augizeau TE

Keeping a strong brand in boating

Already present in the transport of pleasure boats through the Capelle Yachting brand, the new owner wished to keep the name Augizeau. "We wanted to keep the name Augizeau, well known in the boating industry. The activity was historically created in boats 55 years ago. Capelle Yachting is limited to smaller boats. The integration into the Capelle Group is still recent and things are going well. Everyone has their own assets and their own area of intervention, which means that there are no major problems in our operation", says Romain Le Guen.

Transport de l'IMOCA Water Family de Benjamin Dutreux
Transport of Benjamin Dutreux's IMOCA Water Family

Transport of emblematic sailing ships

Very well established on the Atlantic coast, Augizeau works a lot with the production yards, but also for offshore racing. "We recently transported Benjamin Dutreux's IMOCA sailboat Water Family for the Vende Globe or the central hull of Franois Gabart's multihull Ultim. Private yachtsmen are also an important part of the business," recalls the communications manager.

Like the whole boating sector, Augizeau is wondering about the evolution of the market after the 2020 season. "If activity has indeed resumed after the deconfinement, the question is that of the still undecided forecasts for September" concludes Romain Le Guen.

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