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The marine ecosystem is among the most fragile on our planet, and it must be protected. We are responsible actors in this vital challenge, as our ISO 14001 environmental standards certification attests. In our fibreglass production, we have chosen to use an injection moulding process that traps solvents and avoids the emission of VOCs into the air. In our laminating process, we now use a clean technology with a very low level of solvents (4% versus the former 60%) and curing by UV lamps. Finally, each new production model boat benefits from equipment to aid in protecting nature at sea and at port.
As an ISO 9001 company, the Jeanneau’s building process is certified to the highest international standards. Each new sailboat is thoroughly tested throughout the building process and each receives additional tank testing where all systems are put through their paces.
Human values are at the core of Jeanneau’s fundamental values. Throughout our history, the men and women of the Jeanneau shipyard have cultivated a passion for our product that goes hand-in-hand with our respect for social ethics. So, for years, Jeanneau has valued workers, offering training and enrichment programs for our employees, with at heart the desire to conserve our role as a major employer, notably in the French Department of Vendée and around the town of Cholet.
A specialized Research & Design facility at Jeanneau houses 130 engineering specialists. This facility is unique in the boat-building sector, providing R&D resources usually available only to large aeronautical and automobile companies.
Jeanneau is among the early pioneers of the joystick, with the deployment on powerboats of this new technology developed with engine suppliers.
For over 10 years, Jeanneau has developed hulls specifically for inboard models that are perfectly compatible with joystick control systems, which continue revolutionise cruising by greatly facilitating docking. With just the touch of a finger, the boat can be pointed in any direction (forward, aft, laterally or diagonally), and docking becomes a child’s game.
First developed for the PRESTIGE brand for Pod transmissions systems (Volvo IPS or Cummins ZEUS), this technological breakthrough was very quickly adopted by Jeanneau for its Leader and NC lines, with the development of joystick solutions for Sterndrive.
Today, Jeanneau continues to advance these technologies in order to ease handling and simplify docking. In the future, outboard Jeanneau models will also benefit from the advantages of joystick steering capabilities. This is already the case for the Cap Camarat 10.5 WA , equipped with Helmaster technology developed by our partner, Yamaha. .
For over 30 years, Jeanneau has developed the injection moulding procedure using enclosed moulds. The first and most obvious advantage of injection moulding is a perfect finish on both sides of each piece produced, no matter its size: from the smallest cockpit locker to the construction of certain hulls and decks. This technological advantage allows us to offer a superior quality product, while also reducing overall weight and reducing by 90% the release of VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds), or greenhouse gasses, when compared with traditional contact or open moulding techniques. This results in more ecologically sound boat construction.
Another technology, called infusion, is also used, notably for the hulls of our larger models. This procedure consists of laying up the dry fibreglass cloth in the mould, enclosed in a vacuum by a plastic film. The resin will then seep through to impregnate the cloth. The advantage of this technology is an overall weight reduction, while the quantity of resin is optimised for greater strength and resistance of each piece produced. Once again, the release of solvents is significantly reduced for a more ecologically sound construction method.
Each new Jeanneau is comprehensively designed via the powerful CATIA® design software. CATIA® allows Jeanneau to design a better boat with more attention to detail in a shorter timeframe.