Quatre amis – Jean-François Fountaine (an Olympic sailor), Yves Pajot, Daniel Givon and Rémi Tristan – founded a shipyard in a small village in the south of France in 1976 and called it Fountaine Pajot Yachts. The four friends launched their first cruising catamaran series in 1983. The yacht builder’s first series – the Louisiana 37 – made such a splash that pretty soon the one multihull shipyard led to two. The headquarters and original factory located in Aigrefeuille builds 26- to 46-foot catamarans, and the La Rochelle production plant manufactures the bigger Flagship models, 50+ foot catamarans and motor yachts. Now, more than four decades later, Fountaine Pajot Yachts is the undisputed leader in catamarans with more than 2,700 boats cruising the world’s oceans. Always at the forefront of innovation, Fountaine Pajot uses high-tech composite materials and a resin injection and infusion technique to produce catamarans that are lighter, stronger, safer and more eco-friendly. Today, all the power catamarans have IPS propulsion to improve maneuverability and come equipped with the latest noise, vibration and emissions reduction technology available.
Since marine ecology is a priority at Fountaine Pajot, the engineers and electricians fit the catamarans and motor yachts with renewable energy sources as well as electronic and connected navigation assistance systems whenever possible. This eco-smart cruising technology allows owners to maintain control over fuel consumption and reduce their boat’s ecological footprint.
- Founders: Jean-François Fountaine, Yves Pajot, Daniel Givon and Rémi Tristan
- Yacht Type: Sailing and racing catamarans, power motor yachts
- Yacht Models: 30 models ranging from 26 to 80 feet
Every Fountaine Pajot motor yacht and sailing catamaran built has a specified team of engineers and craftsmen, whose primary objective is to improve performance without sacrificing comfort and style. They accomplish this by continuously streamlining the production process while preserving the best of past models with an eye always on innovation, technology and uniqueness. In 1991, Fountaine Pajot Yachts was the first shipyard ever certified to the ISO 9001 v2000 Quality standard. The fact that it has been certified every year since then is a testament to management and employee commitment to quality.
It’s this dedication and expertise, along with that of the company’s award-winning designers, that have made Fountaine Pajot yachts the celebrated global brand it is today. Fountaine Pajot yachts are known for their reliability, economy to operate, high performance and minimal depreciation. These vessels also enjoy a high resale value.
Fountaine Pajot Yacht and Catamaran Models
Fountaine Pajot Yachts and catamarans are famous for their outstanding sea performance, power, style and comfort. The 30-model line includes the Isla 40, Astrea 42, Elba 45, Saona 47, Saba 50, Flagship Samana 59 with flybridge, Alegria 67 and Taiti 80 sailing cats and the MY 37, 40, 44 and Power 67 motor yachts.
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