Team member Bertrand Matecat Production Manager

Bertrand Matecat

Production Manager

Although he has only recently started as production manager for Privilège, Bertrand is already a familiar sight around the yard. His role covers the lay-up of all the composite parts of the boat, and their assembly into the final article, including the all-important marriage of deck and hulls. He says he is in listening mode as he starts to understand how the system of production works here. And because Privilège is undergoing a spell of growth, he is also responsible for recruiting new shipwrights to the team. “I am holding a lot of interviews from potential applicants,” he says.

The end game is to build a boat that perfectly meets the client’s wishes.

BERTRAND MATECAT

It is not the first time he has worked at the yard in Les Sables-d’Olonne. Prior to his last job overseeing the production of around 500 boats per year for volume builder Bénéteau, he was director of composite activities for Privilège. “The company was starting out then, and my role touched on production, quality, safety, purchasing and more. I was in multitasking mode to move forwards.”

He may have stepped up in his role, but Bertrand still loves the same thing about his work: contact with people. “I’ve been a manager for a long time, and you can’t do that without loving the contact with others. I also like to see the boats progressing through the different stages of building, before ending with a successful delivery to a client.”

White sailing catamaran at sail on open ocean

For all that he used to sail and windsurf in his youth, growing up away from the sea meant that the opportunity rarely came up. Now Bertrand is a keen cyclist instead, covering some 12,000km per year. All the same, he knows where he’d sail if he were lucky enough to own a Privilège catamaran. “The Caribbean is beautiful. But the point of our catamarans is that you can sail everywhere in them, so I would take the opportunity to sail to regions that I don’t know.”