A typical day for Mathieu begins with a meeting of the heads of each team to discuss the goals for the day. He follows the production schedule of every boat in the yard, and it’s his job to keep the monitoring system updated day-by-day. The thrill for him is helping to build a sense of team and getting the various crafts to buy into each project. “We are building a unique boat every time, and that’s really special,” he explains.
“I remember the first time a went on board a Privilège in 2006. It was a Privilège 585, and it really opened my eyes.”
His journey to Privilège has been a long one that started with two years of training at a school for maritime studies. Over the next 14 years, he worked in various different yards, learning and honing the skills required to build in carbon, prepare and maintain motor and sailing boats, handle clients, manage the workshop and so on. “Now I’ve been at Privilège for five years.”
When he’s not at work, Mathieu can often be found volunteering locally. “I’m chairman of a private school and head of football for children aged 10-11 years. Besides that, I restore old bicycles.” There’s little time left over for sailing, but if he had a boat he would head for the fjords of Norway and the Baltic Sea.