About us

Luxury catamarans for blue water sailing

Privilège is the most renown luxury catamaran brand for blue water sailing. Since more than 30 years, we dedicate our work to design and manufacture individually tailored masterpieces, giving Privilège owners their exclusive home at sea.

Once upon a time

Philippe Jeantot

(twice world champion in single-handed sailing and founder of the famous Vendee Globe round-the-world race), designed the original cruising catamaran for his family to live aboard during their calls : comfort, strength and security were the basic criteria.


In 1985, he founded Jeantot Marine and exhibited his first vessel in Paris, more for personal pride than to start a life in marine construction, however the many orders he received encouraged him to set out on this next great adventure !

Philippe Jeantot brought all his round-the-world navigation experience to the Privilège brand, creating a superb design in terms of comfort, security and cruising pleasure !

In 1989, the shipyard was the leading builder of cruising catamarans, dominating the American market, and became a benchmark for the profession. Recognition came in the form of: Le Trophée International de la Qualité in 1992. The Privilège 45 and 42 were chosen as 'Boat of the Year' in the USA in 1995 and 1996.

In 1996, under the aegis of Alliaura, the brand grew and confirmed its position at the top of its class in large catamarans over 15m ; over 60 vessels ranging from 18-23m were delivered around the world, with the well-known PRIVILÈGE 745 being the flagship of the fleet.

2012 sees a new chapter being written in the Privilège story, where passion, quality and experience are the watch-words. On the historic site at Les Sables d'Olonne, PRIVILÈGE MARINE has gathered a highly qualified team, many with more than 20 years seniority... These men and women form a truly enthusiastic and committed team, led by Gilles Wagner.

Since May 2017, Privilège Marine has been part of the worldwide well known HanseYachts group.


Meet the great team of privilège

Great things start with passion.

Gilles WAGNER : CEO of Privilège Marine since 2012

I am the proud CEO of a marvelous company with outstanding yachts and an amazing team. All my life I have been working in the industrial sector, managing projects in the hotel, automotive and naval industry. In 2012 I have realized a personal dream. I joined Privilège and experienced something I have never experienced before. The intensive passion for a product. Every new Privilège is a masterpiece, build in cooperation with its new owner, for the blue oceans of this world.

Cyrille TRICOT :  Sales Director since 2016.

I have a great passion for the sea and a long history in sailing multihulls. My education as well as my professional work in the yachting industry in several European countries have given me the experience to be the sales manager of this great brand Privilège.

Thomas SEVELLEC, Head of R&D since 2017

I have dedicated my whole life to the art of boating. As a naval architect graduate from Southampton Solent University, I travelled the world and worked with class leading teams on work boats, ocean racing boats and cruising boats. Today I am proud to work with a dynamic and innovative team in R&D for Privilège.

Isabelle DOUX  :  Head of HR since 2015

Since 33 year I dedicate my work to the nautical sector. In 2015, I had the chance to join Privilège Marine, for me one of the most outstanding shipyards in the world.

Cécilia EDELINE : Marketing & Communication Manager since 2006

Privilège and I go back a long way. I learned to sail offshore on a Privilège and was enchanted ever since by the grace of these yachts. Since 2006, I have the honor to act as marketingmanager as well as interior specialist, working together with future owners to design their personal Privilège.

Bernard VOISIN : Technical manager since 1988

I can almost say that my life is dedicated to Privilège catamarans! After my studies in the electrotechnical domain, I worked 7 years in the construction industry. Then I had the opportunity to join the team of Philippe Jeantot to work on the mechanics, plumbing and embedded systems on Privilège. It fascinates me to see the impressive evolution of the yachts.

Eric ELLEAUME : Head of Supply Chain since 2012

With my master's degree in economic sciences, my working life brings me to other horizons... The Supply Chain ! After 25 years of experience in this activity in telephony, the automotive and food industries, I moved to a new area, Les Sables d'Olonne, where I discovered with great pleasure the yachting industry and especially Privilège.

Expertise and experience

Expertise does not come about on its own, it is built up over time !

Marc Lombard , renowned architect with an historic connection to Privilège, is in constant relation with the PRIVILÈGE MARINE R&D team on research, development and services, for example :


  • Optimisation of space and accommodation needs
  • Balance of weight and strength
  • Management of electrical installations, plumbing, mechanics and electronics
  • Efficient deck layout with reliable equipment and fittings
  • Quality control and monitoring at every stage of build
  • Launch, commissioning, sea-trial and delivery of every Privilège sold

The GRP section and the construction department are led by experts constantly seeking to improve and expand their knowledge.

Also, the wood work is part of our culture and we propose a choice of fine finishes in maple, oak or cherry. A highly qualified and multi-skilled team supervises the fabrication and assembly of the whole Privilège range up to final delivery.

PRIVILÈGE MARINE has a close team, passionated and expert to create the best sailing experience and dealer service for all our owners.

Construction quality

The studies CAC/CAD of hulls, shapes and decks are entirely developed by the design office of MARC LOMBARD DESIGN GROUP (MLDG). Each Privilège has been studied and modelled with the most modern performing software, used for improving hull shape resistance (prismatic) and hull drag (Computational Fluid Dynamics software) and the structural performance of the boat (Fine Element Analysis software)

The reputation of MARC LOMBARD's design office does not need further demonstration. Its numerous victories in offshore racing and multihull projects (Formula 40, Orma 60, etc), and also in the mono-hulls world (Classe 40, Imoca 60, IRC, Mini Transat, etc) are sufficient proofs. Historically focused on racing, MARC LOMBARD is the very first naval architect office to integrate doctorate specialists in hydrodynamics, to further expands its expertise.

"The forward pod ":the Privilège signature!

The distinctive Privilège style in looks and construction has existed since 1985. Owners, charter operators and guests agree on the following:

The extra volume in the pod allows for generous volume space in the forward cabins, especially for the Owner's Suite.

This space can be used for full view across the boat in the Owner's Stateroom.

A fixed baby stay, ready for use in order to set a storm sail or staysail should bad weather set in.

A large comfort factor in rough weather when the pod leans on the wave in order to avoid deep immersion of the bows, On a structural point of view, the forward beam and seagull striker is supported on 3 points, which reinforces the whole structure at sea.

Structure / Infusion

The hulls, decks and structural bulkheads are made in infused sandwich with some vinylester base resins, known for their anti osmosis properties. Top quality closed-cell foam is used in order to allow a well controlled impregnation of the entire sandwich during the infusion process; weight and resistance are thus optimised, sonic and thermic insulation preserved.

Some monolithic areas are devoted when fittings such as thru hulls, ground plates, etc. are added in order to avoid any risk of water infiltration and also to secure the fitting to a crush-proof base.

The "impact zones" have been especially addressed :

  • keels areas are entirely isolated from the rest of the catamaran and are subject to numerous vertical and horizontal reinforcements,
  • the fore peaks are equipped with compartments named "crash boxes" to optimize the buoyancy of the vessel in case of frontal impact, and this since the very first Privilège,
  • the aft transoms are equipped with a waterproof bulkhead to safeguard the engine compartment in case of damage (grounding, etc)

Systems on board / Technical

In close cooperation with MARC LOMBARD, our engineers design and develop the entire range of equipment necessary for the construction of our catamarans. From the technical systems, interior layouts, selection of deck fittings, right up to the delivery to the customer. The multi-area know-how and experience from our craftsmen as well as the feedback from our owners are unique assets.

Our team supervises the entire technical follow up of each unit, throughout the construction process, up to and including final sea trials. In particular:

Mechanical, hydraulic, electrical, plumbing, A/C, the outstanding quality of these installations and on board systems does not require further proof. The installed equipment is:

  • easy to use with an automated real-time management system,
  • studied and installed in strict accordance with the toughest specifications by our experts,
  • continuously reviewed through the feedback received from owners and users,
  • accessible for maintenance or service. Furthermore, the equipment installed is supported by an international dealer network.

The technology watch we have set up allows our technical team to test and validate various products and/or process to constantly improve the operation of Privilège catamarans. Many suppliers and sub-contractors have accompanied the brand for over 20 years and team up for the regular product innovations and development.

The passion and experience of our team allow the optimization of installations, and also to adjust to some specific demands, i.e. territorial requirements (US, Australia ...), charter or professional specifications, customize the technical management of the boat in accordance with our owner's expectations.

Interior layouts

The quality of our interiors does not allow for any compromise. Our interior furnishings (furniture, upholstery, electrical, etc.), use the best available products for your satisfaction. Technical integration (set up of equipments, phonic and thermic isolation, wires and supply set up, etc) and studies on ergonomics and functionality can optimize quality of life on board.

Deck fittings / Rigging / Sails

We work very closely with the office of MARC LOMBARD and our specific, faithful suppliers of over 20 years, to develop the best ergonomic and easy to use deck layouts while cruising, but without compromising with security and reliability.

MARECHAL mast, historic supplier of all our masts, has a second to none reputation. They accompany us in the development of each Privilège catamaran. The white lacquered aluminium profiles are optimised for the best strength/weight ratio, the weldings are flush, the fittings and additions well calculated. They also supply the fore-beam, which is so important for the main strength of the whole hull / pod / deck configuration.

INCIDENCES sails, well known as the supplier for a large majority or racing yachts, has been a faithful partner since the first sailing of our Privilège in 1985. They use the best fabrics, take special care given with the stitching and cutting, reinforcements to clews, tack and head corners, with the thread lines. All important details in the fabrication are addressed so that the sails will not get prematurely old under tropical conditions.

Tests and delivery

PRIVILÈGE MARINE has an exceptional location on the marina of Les Sables d'Olonne:

  • direct access for launching from the yard with a 500T shiplift,
  • mast-stepping at the yard by our team,
  • static shore-side tests in accordance with a detailed protocol,
  • sea trials in real conditions, all this is done in order to guarantee a properly functioning boat,
  • private pontoon at the shipyard.

It is fairly common to be confronted with dysfunctions in new equipments; tuning is necessary, constant controls will be made until total satisfaction is reached...


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