Privilège Catamarans

The Privilège line of blue-water luxury cruising catamarans is built in Les Sables d'Olonne, France until 1996 by Jeantot Marine, then until 2011 by Alliara Marine, and since 2012 by Privilège Marine.

Once upon a time

Privilège Marine website, December 2016

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 Privilege 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 Privilege 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 PRIVILEGE 745 being the flagship of the fleet.

2012 sees a new chapter being written in the Privilege story, where passion, quality and experience are the watch-words. On the historic site at Les Sables d'Olonne, PRIVILEGE 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.

Privilège: Return to the Origins...

Multihulls World #125 September 2012

Privilège Marine, the new owners of the Privilege and Feeling brands has just announced its return to the historic site in Les Sables d'Olonne. A return which announces a resumption of production very soon, once the tooling and work in progress have been transferred. The new team hopes to be operational from 1st September, and will be present at the Cannes (with two 615s) and La Rochelle (here again, with a Privilege 615) boat shows.

The Les Sables site was preferred for the resumption of activity taking into account the existence locally of the human, technical, industrial and commercial skills which made the boats from these brands synonymous with luxury and quality. "The men and women who design, build and sell the boats of these brands are the company's strength," explained Gilles Wagner, the man who was the architect of this resumption and manages the company.

The aim is to prioritize a re-launch which draws on an alliance of recognized skills whilst taking into account the current economic conditions. Priority will be given to finishing the catamarans already being produced, and the rhythm of manufacture as well the employees will be organised according to the development of the order book.

Priority will be given at first to Privilege catamarans, with maximum optimisation of their manufacturing conditions...

Alliaura Beefs Up Its Activity

Multihulls World #123 May / June 2012

At the end of 2011, Alliaura Marine was taken over by the Alliaura Group holding company. A change of shareholders and management, with the aim of launching a new industrial dynamic. It's with this in mind that the group has just acquired the builder Catlantech, whose skills in composites have been recognised for a long time, and created two new structures: Alliaura Composite and Alliaura Design Group. As regards the catamarans, Alliaura Marine is quite obviously pursuing its activity building luxurious cruising boats, mainly intended for a clientele of private individuals, the famous Privilèges, whose range is from 44 feet (the 445) to the much awaited 100-footer (The Privilège 1000).


from the Alliaura website (September 2011)

Privilège’s beginnings are tied in with the foundation of the Jeantôt Marine shipyard in 1985 in the Sables d’Olonne by sailor Philippe Jeantôt (double world champion in a single-handed round-the-world race and creator of the Vendée Globe) and René Bernard.

In 1989, the shipyard soon became Europe’s no. 1 constructor of cruising catamarans. Henceforth, the shipyard bustled with the design and construction of performing yachts – combining expertise of racing boats with the comfort of cruise ships.

In 1991, the shipyard scooped Gold in the 20th International Trophy for Quality.

In 1995, the Privilège 45 was voted "Boat of the year" in the States.

In 1996, the shipyard was taken over by the SGGR Group and was renamed Alliaura Marine. At the same time, the Privilège 42 was voted "Boat of the year" in the States.

Since then, Alliaura Marine has extensively developed the range, which now harbours 800 Privilèges, including 60 over 60' (18m), which sail all the seas of the world.

Philippe Jeoantot

from Cruising World Magazine, Full Noise or No Noise by Herb McCormick (September 2011)


Here at Cruising World, For multiple reasons, we've covered the sport of singlehanded offshore racing from the very outset of publication in the mid-1970's. It was a passion of the magazine's founding editor, Murray Davis, and the characters it attacted, and the adventure it generated, were alluring and inspirational to much of the readership. Plus, especially in the early days, many cruising sailors benefited greatly from the rapid advancements in self-steering gear, sail-handling systems, power generation, and other technology that was tested in extreme conditions by the singlehanders -- most of whom were amateurs on moddest, souped-up vessels seeking little more than personal fulfillment -- before the equipment tricked down to everyday shorthanded voyagers and crews.

In the 1960's, a handfull of English adventurers -- including Francis Chichester, Blondie Hasler (founter of the OSTAR, the solo tranatlantic race), and Robin Knox-Johnston (the first man to circumnavigate alone, without stopping, en route to winning the 1969 Golden Globe Race) -- basically invented the sport. Almost immediately, though, they had serious competition from Frenchmen like Bernard Moitessier, Alain Colas, and Eric Tabarly. The latter's collective accomplishment and victories, especially when they beat the Brits at their own game, nourished the dreams and fervor of a generation of new French acolytes eager to followin in their wakes.

In the 1980's, no one personified this fresh breed of eager, driven French soloists more than a young deep-sea diver named Philippe Jeantot, who won the first two BOC Challenge singlehanded around-the-world races (a quadrennial event that later became known as the Around Alone race and, for the last two editions, the Velux 5 Oceans) aboard specially built boats emblazoned with the logos of his corporate donor, a French bank called Credit Agricole. (Jeantot upped the ante, and introduced to the sport a new level of all-out professionalism, when he launched the Vendée Globe nonstop race around the world in 1989.) The winner of the next two BOC's was another well-financed, fresh-faced French superstar named Christophe Auguin.


Privilège Models

Other Privilège models I've seen referenced but have no information about include Privilège 52, Privilège 58, Privilège 720.

The Privilège 36/37

The Privilège 37 was introduced in 1995 and a total of [40+, around 45] hulls were produced through 2003. It was designed by Marc Lombard.

Multihulls World #116 March / April 2011
"20 multis under 12m for blue water cruising"

Specifications Privilège 36/37: Three Cheers for the Central 'Rostrum'!
Construction years: from 1995 to 2003
Builder: Jeantot Marine, Alliaura Marine
Material: PVC/glass/polyester sandwich
Architect: Marc Lombard
Hull length: 11.17 m
Waterline length: 10.37 m
Beam: 6.56 m
Draft: 1.20 m
Unladen weight: 6.50 t
Windward sail area: 76 m
Engine: 2 x 18 or 27 hp diesels
Second-hand price: 145,000 Euro
In the middle of the 1990's, Jeantot Marine launched the smalled catamaran in its Privilège range, the 36, renamed the 37 from 1997 onwards, without any notable modifications. The positioning is precise: this is a top of the range product, comfortable, well finished, but not sacrificing performance under sail. The result is rather convincing. March Lombard succeeded in designing hull with high freeboard, but quite slim at the waterline, to remain lively in light airs. The helmsman, stuck beind the coarchroof, can see what is happening in front of the bows and the on-board GPS can display top speads in double figures. Bad weather in the middle of a passage? No panic: the bows cope perfectly. The deck plan offers a convivial cockpit and uncluttered sidedecks. But the 37 is distinguished abovve all by a surprising 'boss' forward of the mast. This is the famous 'rostrum', common to most of the Privilèges, in which nestles a superb owner's cabin. In the hulls, the builder has fitted two or three cabins and the galley. The bridgedeck houses a large L-shaped saloon and the chart table. Quite expensive new, the Privilège 37 has becoe an excellent second-hand boat for a long trip as a family.
The plus: Privilège quality in a 37-footer

Multihulls World #49 December 1999 / January 2000

With the Privilège 37, Jeantot has really succeeded in materializing their concept of comfortable reliable seaworth cruising catamarans.

The Privilège 37 is a particularly homogeneous boat and this is certainly what contributed to her success. Regarding comfort, with three double cabins, Jeantot's 37-footer can easily accommodate 6 people. The very voluminous saloon is particularly well lit. As for the rostrum, the shipyard's deistinctive sign, its impressive volume provides the owner's version with a huge cabin, worthy of much larger units. This boat really makes one want to go sailing a long way off, especially since she offers very good performance, considering her agenda.

The Privilège 395

The Privilège 395 was introduced in 2004 and a total of [xx] hulls were produced through [>=2006]. It was designed by [xx].

The Privilège 39

The Privilège 39 was introduced in 1988 and a total of [93+, around 100] hulls were produced through [>=1992]. It was designed by Eric LeFevre.

The P39 was a very successful bareboat charter catamaran. The P39 has 4 staterooms and 2 heads.

The Privilège 42

The Privilège 42 was introduced in 1995 and a total of 29 hulls were produced through 2000. It was designed by Marc Lombard. Cruising World magazine named the Privilège 42 the best cruising mulithull in 1996.

The standard configuration of the P42 is designed with chartering in mind and has a 4-stateroom / 4-head layout. Various other interior configurations and options were offered, including an owner's suite in one hull and an enlarged galley with refrigeration and storage replacing one of the heads.

The model that preceded the Privilège 42 was the Privilège 39, which has hulls that are not quite as long or wide as the P42, so top speed is not as high and interior living space is not as great. The model that followed was the Privilège 435, which was tailored more toward private owners and offers better performance because of a ligher displacement, an optimised hull structure, and several performance options, and an improved view from the solon because of a higher roof and more vertical forward looking windows.

Builder's Remarks, February 2004

The Privilege 42 provides cosy and comfortable accommodation in four twin cabins with en suite shower and heads. The saloon is fitted with large ports to give plenty of natural light. The interior is finished in the highest grade US and French wild cherry with varnish applied in three coats. Interior fittings are of high quality and durable, including a high-quality ceiling. Undoubtedly one of the largest cockpits on the market, it is built to the ultimate in ergonomic design and offers all the safety requirements for bluewater navigation, a reassuring factor especially when children are on board. In addition, it offers easy access to all fittings including winches, jammers, sheet tackles, etc.

The Privilège 435

The Privilège 435 was introduced in 1999 and a total of [23+, around 40] hulls were produced through 2007. It was designed by Marc Lombard.

The P435 is offered with three main equipment package configurations: Easy cruise, A la carte, and Performance. The P435 offers a choice between several helm stations, 3 or 4 cabins, aluminium or carbon mast, centerboard, longer rear transoms, as well as other options.

Multihulls World #49 December 1999 / January 2000

The brand new Privilège, introduced at the autum boat shows is a really splendid unit that demonstrates that top-notch amenities can well go hand in hand with performance. Carbon mast, daggerboards or, conversely, furler mainsail, Alliaura Marine's Privilège 435 will be the boat you want, since each owner is free to arrange the boat at will in the broad range of options offered by the shipyard. The rostrum, always present on Privilège craft, provides extra space inside, by installing two of the berths perpendicular to the axis of the boat. The amenities are of very fine quality and the saloon is very well lit and particularly engaging.

The Privilège 445

The Privilège 445 was introduced in 2006 and a total of [23+, around 40] hulls were produced through [>=2011]. It was designed by Marc Lombard. The P445 is basically the P435 reconfigured with the features most people wanted.

Multihulls World Special Edition #5 Summer 2011

In the ocean cruising catamaran family, the Privilège has a special place. Seaworthy, comfor- table, fast enough, with good load carrying capa- city, it wins the votes of owners who often change their Privilège....for one a bit bigger!
The 445 is the builder’s entry level boat, but it remains a true Privilège. We therefore particularly appreciated the splendid and just as beautiful owner’s cabin, fitted in the ‘rostrum’ forward of the saloon, as it is on the whole range. Superb! The rounded saloon is original, whilst remaining very functional, and the galley deserves only praise: nice areas, easy to wedge yourself in, and numerous stowage spaces. Under sail, the 445 performs well, easily reaching more than 12 knots downwind, whilst remaining very reassuring, even in heavy weather. A good choice for a round the world voyage!
Construction years: since 2000 in the 435 version
Builder: Alliaura Marine
Architect: Marc Lombard 
Hull length: 13.45 m
Waterline length: 12.85 m
Beam: 7.07 m
Draft: 1.35 m
Unladen weight: 8.9 t
Windward sail area: 114 m²
Engines: 2 x 40 hp
New price: 488,600 euros exc. VAT
Second-hand price: from 300,000 euros

Multihulls World #121 - January/February 2012
Price: 488,600 euros exc. VAT
Length: 13.45 m
Beam: 7.07 m
Displacement: 8,900 kg
Draft: 1.35 m
Mast Height: 18 m
Mainsail: 67 2m
Jib: 0 2m
Genoa: 47 2m
Genaker: 0 2m
Spinnaker: 0 2m
Water: 600 l
Fuel: 420 l
Motors: 2 x 40 HP

The Privilège 43

The Privilège 43 was introduced in [xx] and a total of [xx] hulls were produced through [xx]. It was designed by [xx].

The Privilège 45

The Privilège 45 was introduced in 1995 and a total of [xx] hulls were produced through [>=1999]. It was designed by [xx]. Cruising World magazine named the Privilège 45 the best cruising mulithull in 1995.

" When the Privilege 45 was launched in 1995, it was voted the BEST CRUISING CATAMARAN by Cruising World Magazine. Since then, the Privilege 45 has proved its versatility for both cruising and chartering.
For cruising, the stout construction is unrivaled in its class for layup strength and stiffness under sail. The owners have had no cracks in the keel or bridgedeck-to-hull areas and no leaky tanks problems that can plague the newer catamarans.
The Privilege 45 has a large cockpit than most cats her size, comfortably accommodating 8 passengers. The teak cockpit table seats 6 guests, making her ideal for chartering.
The French built Privilege yacht is known for its rich, warm interior, unlike the stark white no-frills interiors of most South African catamarans. The boat features warm, honey colored European Beech throughout.
The Privilege is an excellent choice for comfortable and safe cruising and is fully equipped for charter, from linens to boat toys. For the cruiser, you wont find a more solidly built catamaran than the Privilege. "

The Privilège 465

The Privilège 465 was introduced in 1998 and a total of [xx] hulls were produced through [>=2001]. It was designed by [xx].

The Privilège 47

The Privilège 47 was introduced in [<=1985] and a total of [xx] hulls were produced through [>=1996]. It was designed by [xx].

The Privilège 48

The Privilège 48 was introduced in 1987 and a total of [xx] hulls were produced through 1991. It was designed by [xx].

The Privilège 482

The Privilège 482 was introduced in 1992 and a total of [xx] hulls were produced through >1993]. It was designed by Guy Ribadeau Dumas.

The Privilege 482 was primarily aimed at the charter market. The spacious accommodations are designed with leisure in mind. There are four staterooms (each with their own head), a salon with two seating areas, a large cockpit with tables for outside dining, and sunbathing decks. Forward of the salon is a crew’s quarters with its own head.

The Privilège 485

The Privilège 485 was introduced in 1992 and a total of [xx] hulls were produced through xxxx. It was designed by [xx].

The Privilège 495

The Privilège 495 was introduced in 2004 and a total of [xx] hulls were produced through [>=2011]. It was designed by Marc Lombard.

Blue Water Sailing, February 2006, p45

While many builders of cruising cats are straining to make their boats lighter and have adopted a modern Euro-style that emphasizes grain-free pale woods, expanses of white gelcoat and understated fabrics, Privilege cats are built with luxury and sumptuous living in mind. At nearly 25,000 pounds of displacement, the new 495 carries enough heft to feel solid and stately in heavy weather and will give her crew confidence when the goin gets rough.

The 495's fractional rig can be set up for pure simplicity with a high-roach main and a small genoa. Or the boat can be rigged for ocean sailing with a staysail genoa and roller-furling reacher on the bowsprit.

The deck layout is clean and simple. The signature middle hull or nacelle gives Privilege yachts their distinctive look and provides a lot of extra space inside the hull.

The back porch is huge and will be ideal for parties or lounging with a large family. The deck floor is inlead teak as is the substantial cockpit table. The cockpit has been designed to accept canvas curtains all around, so the space remains useful even in cool and rainy weather.

The 495 can be built with a variety of interior schemes. The most intriguing is the three-cabin owner's version which places the dinette, chart table and galley in the saloon, double guest cabins lie aft in each hull and a huge stateroom forward under the fuselage of the nacelle.

This owener's cabin has to be unique among cruising boats under 70 feet or more. The cabin is nearly 20 feet wide with the large double berth on the centerline. A private sudy lies to port and a huge head with a shower fits nearly to starboard.

Conservative and elegant, the new Privilege 495 will appeal to sailors who want traditional detailing inside, elegance outside and a sailing plantform that is as stable and seakindley as you can find.

Multihulls World #121 - January/February 2012
Price: 590,600 euros exc. VAT
Length: 14.95 m
Beam: 7.33 m
Displacement: 11,300 kg
Draft: 1.35 m
Mast Height: 19 m
Mainsail: 80 2m
Jib: 0 2m
Genoa: 52 2m
Genaker: 86 2m
Spinnaker: 0 2m
Water: 680 l
Fuel: 570 l
Motors: 2 x 55 HP

The Privilège 51

The Privilège 51 was introduced in 1994 and a total of [xx] hulls were produced through [>=1995]. It was designed by [xx].

The Privilège 515

The Privilège 515 was introduced in 2009 and a total of [xx] hulls were produced through [>=2012]. It was designed by Marc Lombard.

Multihulls World Special Edition #5 Summer 2011

Welcome aboard the pleasure boat par excellence. The quality of the accommodation aboard and the skill of Alliaura’s cabinetmakers offer an impressive volume in a generally airy atmosphere, warm without being ostenta- short, you will feel particularly good aboard the 515, and will have just one wish: to set sail for the other side of the world..
And here you will discover this catamaran’s nice surprise: under sail its behaviour is really convincing, and you can feel that the architects used a lot of grey matter to improve the performance of this new generation of ultra-comforta- ble catamarans. An optimised deck plan, a hull which is well-designed for its programme, a high-performance suit of sails and the 515 will allow you to play with the gusts from just 8 knots of wind.
With the Privilège 515, the builder is therefore offering a genuine ‘little yacht’, which remains perfectly controllable shorthanded.
Construction years: since 2009
Builder: Alliaura Marine
Architect: Marc Lombard
Hull length: 14.74 m
Waterline length: 14.63 m
Beam: 7.98 m
Draft: 1.57 m
Unladen weight: 16 t
Windward sail area: 141 m²
Engines: 2 x 55 hp
New price: 840,000 euros exc. VAT
Second-hand price: N/A

Privilège 615
Multihulls World #121 - January/February 2012

Here is an elegant ocean cruising boat, with luxurious but practical accommodation, easily handled by a couple or a family crew, and which in addition is a genuine sailing boat, capable of saling even in light weather... The owner's cabin, situated forward in the 'rostrum', is very pleasant and offers an exceptional private area. Finally, the accommodation, like the finishing, is close to being perfect, as always at alliaura.

Multihulls World #121 - January/February 2012
Price: 840,000 euros exc. VAT
Length: 14.74/15.1 m
Beam: 7.98 m
Displacement: 16,000 kg
Draft: 1.57 m
Mast Height: 21 m
Mainsail: 88 2m
Jib: 0 2m
Genoa: 53 2m
Genaker: 0 2m
Spinnaker: 0 2m
Water: 600 l
Fuel: 800 l
Motors: 2 x 55 HP

The Privilège 585

The Privilège 585 was introduced in 2002 and a total of [xx] hulls were produced through [>=2006]. It was designed by [xx].

The Privilège 615

The Privilège 615 was introduced in [<=2006] and a total of [xx] hulls were produced through [>=2011]. It was designed by Marc Lombard.

Privilège 615
Multihulls World #121 - January/February 2012

This is the first catamaran yacht in the Privilège range thanks to its interior volume, the level of finishing and its flybridge. Built in composites, the Privilège 615 offers 4 or 5 very comfortable double cabins and a two-berth crew cabin. It is very beamy, and its 'picture window' opens the lounge onto a big cockpit. Its superb galley, as big as it is well-equipped, will satify the finest gormet. Well-canvassed, the Privilège 615 is capable of very respectable performance under sail. It has two powerful engines as backup.

Multihulls World #121 - January/February 2012
Price: 1,435,000 euros exc. VAT
Length: 18.5 m
Beam: 9.25 m
Displacement: 26,500 kg
Draft: 1.78 m
Mast Height: 26 m
Mainsail: 124 2m
Jib: 0 2m
Genoa: 90 2m
Genaker: 150 2m
Spinnaker: 300 2m
Water: 2 x 650 l
Fuel: 2 x 750 l
Motors: 2 x 110 HP

The Privilège 65

The Privilège 65 was introduced in 1994 and a total of [xx] hulls were produced through [>=1996]. It was designed by [xx]. (Hull number 7 of 8 was built in 2001 -- Multihulls World Classifieds, no 121.)

The Privilège 745

The Privilège 745 was introduced in 2006 and a total of [>=8] hulls were produced through [>=2011]. It was designed by Marc Lombard / Dièdre Design.

Launch of Privilège 745 No 6
Multihulls World #119 - September/October 2011

Launched in March 2006, the first Privilège, after having been presented at the various shows in the Mediterraniean, contiued sailing that area as a charter boat, before going to Tortola and the Virgin Islands to the delight of those lucky enough to sail aboard it...

Boats two and three are respectively sailing the Caribbean Sea and on the east coast of Latin America, used strictly privately by their owners.

The fourth Privilège 745 quickly left France in January 2010, to take aid to Haiti, with food and medicines, following the earthquake. Since then, it has joined a charter base in St Martin. This boat, dedicated to crewed charter, offers top-of-the-range services for short, medium or long term dream cruises.

The fifth boat, which left the Mediterranean last March, had a ringside seat to follow the last Seychelles Regatta. This 745 is available for crewed charter, made-to-measure holidays.

Finally, the sixth Privilège 745 was launched at the end of April 2011. It will be sailing to the Mediterranean at first, with its owner, and will then cross the Atlantic to the Caribbean.

The seventh and eighth boats are currently being built at the yard in Lanester, near Lorient.

Privilège 745
Multihulls World #121 - January/February 2012

Since 2006, 6 examples of this superb catamaran have been launched. Four are available for charter and two are sailing with their respective private owners. This catamaran, with very generous living areas, was designed to satisfy both sail and motor enthusiasts. It can reach average speed of 15 knots under sail and 12 knots under power. The owner's suite in the 'rostrum' is huge, and its bathroom even has a bath. A new boat is being built at the yard. A real catamaran yacht.

Multihulls World #121 - January/February 2012
Length: 22.70 m
Beam: 10.90 m
Displacement: 40,000 kg
Mast Height:
Motors: 2 x 200 HP

The Privilège 1000

The Privilège 1000 was introduced in [<=2010] and a total of [>=3] hulls were produced from 2012 through [>=2012]. It was designed by Marc Lombard.

Privilège 1000
Multihulls World #121 - January/February 2012

This is the flagship of the Privilège range. It is being built in Alliaura Marine's new yard at Lanester. Designed by Marc Lombard, it benefits from the architects' office's 25 years of experience, and more than 50 catamarans over 60' launched by the builder over the last ten years. The interior design is by the Exalto agency. The exceptional owner's suite offers a deck saloon at the mast foot. The acommodation is compeleted by 3 double cabins as well as a crew saloon for 4 people. Its launch is planned for 2012.

Multihulls World #121 - January/February 2012
Length: 30 m
Beam: 14 m
Displacement: 100,000 kg
Draft: 2.5 m
Mast Height: 38 m
Mainsail: 260 2m
Jib: 0 2m
Genoa: 200 2m
Genaker: 0 2m
Spinnaker: 0 2m
Water: 5000 l
Fuel: 6000 l
Motors: 2 x 450 CV

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