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.
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.”