YARD UPDATE '07: Archambault...

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YARD UPDATE '07: Archambault...

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A €6.5 million sales target and 140 boats a year…

DECEMBER 2007

Based in Dangé-Saint-Roman, some 40km from Poiters and roughly halfway between Paris and Bordeaux, Archambault’s sailboat portfolio now includes five production performance cruisers and cruiser-racers. All are the work of the Joubert-Nivelt design studio.
The smallest Archambault is the 6.6m (22ft) Sprinto, around 250 of which have been delivered over the past 10 years or so. Then there is the yard’s first-ever model, the 7.60m Surprise (25ft), 1,580 of which have been built in 30 years. Around 250 of the 9.60m (31ft) Grand Surprise have been delivered since it was first introduced in ’99.
The newest model in the portfolio is the year-old A35, a 10.60m IRC-optimised performance cruiser. Such is its success that 90 have been sold — 30 delivered and 60 more are on order — and the next available delivery slots are at the end of ’07 and into ‘08. It is priced from €100,000, including a basic specification, but excluding sails and taxes.

'Archambault employs some 55 people and does most things in-house, save for a few of the smaller moulding jobs that are subcontracted locally...' 

Then the biggest of the range is now the four-year-old 12m A40, of which 50 or so have been delivered thus far. However, this model is soon to be replaced. This spring should see the delivery of the first new A40RC, which like the A35 has been optimized for IRC competitions.
Archambault used to offer a semi-custom Sprint 50 model, but only a handful of those were built following its mid ‘90s introduction. In the past the yard has also acted as a subcontractor to other builders, including Jeanneau, Wauquiez and Fountaine Pajot.
Presently Archambault employs some 55 people and does most things in-house, save for a few of the smaller moulding jobs that are subcontracted locally. It is not afraid of technology either. All its decks are injection moulded and the hulls of the A35 and the new A40RC are infused.
Archambault’s turnover the year to the end of August ‘06 was a new record, getting on for €5 million on the sale of 120 boats. And the expectation for its ‘06/07 year is more growth still — probably €6.2 million to €6.5 million on the sale of 140 or so boats, says president Emmanuel Archambault, whose father Jean started the business back in ’54.
Roughly 55 per cent of Archambaults are exported, mostly to Europe, but a few have gone further afield. For example, two were recently shipped to Dubai and there are even Archambault in Australia. In all there are 12 French Archambault dealers and 15 outside France.
For more, www.archambault-boats.eu.

© Phil Draper