Fountaine Pajot is a pioneer in the construction of cruising catamarans. With some reservations we can say that in the early 1980s, the French company practically created the niche, thus opening the world of travel for millions of lovers in the sea of dreamers. In 2014, the company's achievements to the local community, where Fountaine Pajot is the largest employer, reflected in the victory of the founder Jean-Francois Fontaine (Jean-François Fountaine) on elections of the mayor of the town of La Rochelle, known to everyone who is interested in sailing and the sea.
the Establishment of the shipyard Fountaine Pajot is closely linked to sailing. Then, in the early 70s, Jean-françois Fontaine was preparing to participate in the Olympic games of 1976 in the new Dinghy class "470". He teamed with future world champion in the class "505" Yves Pajot (Yves Pajot) and other enthusiasts to create the shipyard Fountaine Pajot for the production of Olympic and international Dinghy classes.
Boats from Fountaine Pajot quickly gained popularity among the leading Olympic athletes of France. Two years later, in 1978, the shipyard moved to the town Agrafa d near La Rochelle, where it exists to this day. In the same period, Fountaine Pajot started building large racing yachts to the IOR rules, experimenting with different technologies. In the end, the boat Fountaine Pajot was strong and light, which provides good speed.
the founders came up with a bold idea: to use the injectable technology of formation of the corps for the construction of ocean mnogoyarusnyi. In the early ' 80s, this market has not yet been formed, and on the catamaran cruise and did not want.
In 1981, appeared 18-m trimaran Royale and 21 m catamaran Charente Maritime. They have proven themselves, winning prestigious trophies in races on the open sea.
building on the success of Fountaine Pajot applies his experience to create the first cruising catamaran, which in 1983 became the model of the Louisiane 37. The catamaran was a great success, but there was much left to invent. Is very useful the ideas of the designer Olivier Flauta (Oliviear Flahault). He found opportunities to improve the habitability of catamarans, increasing the volume of the buildings and creating more living space in between. Even in modern models of Fountaine Pajot present the solution proposed 30 years ago by Olivier.
the Successful development of sailing catamarans has made possible the emergence and engine versions. In 1998 the first "trawler catamarans" Maryland 37 and the Greenland 34 had seen the light. This success the company continued to develop further, omitting, however, the designation of "trawler", and replacing it with the proud phrase "Motor yacht". In the current line of motor yachts from Fountaine Pajot offers three models: the 37, 40 and 44 feet.
throughout the history of the Fountaine Pajot has always considered it sailing ships their specialty. Today the range >sailing catamarans Fountaine Pajot consists of models from comfortable luxury 40 feet to 67 feet. In the current line of >motor cruising catamarans from Fountaine Pajot models are available from 30 to 40 feet.
As befits a true experts in their field, Fountaine Pajot for more than 40-year history it has changed several production methods and compounds of the buildings, staying on the best for a balance of price and quality. At the same time, comfort, reliability and uncompromising exterior. In 2012 Fountaine Pajot has launched the "eco-cruise" program on application of renewable energy in the produced models.
the Main production facilities are Fountaine Pajot, located in the West of France, in the town of Agrafa d near La Rochelle. Company with a staff of over 400 people, produces up to 200 hulls sailing catamarans per year, making it one of the largest producers in the world market.