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AVEL VAEZ

Welcome to the NEWS page of Avel Vaez. In this page we give some updates on our projects.

January 16th, 2024 Avel Vaez launching

At 8:30, the crane started to lift Avel Vaez. We are about six months late from the most optimistic schedule we could think about a year ago. Considering that the shipyard went through the bankruptcy from June to September 2023, in the middle of the project, we consider this is a great final outcome! A huge thank you to the teams at Marsaudon Composites and to the new owner Grand Large Yachting, this was only possible with these extraordinary people full commitment to make this project come to an end. 

Watch the launching video here

Avel Vaez will be one of the very few sailing boat certified by the french flag as a professional passenger transport vessel, fully approved for ocean crossing. This has required a thorough design review as well as an extensive list of additional equipment, including medical equipment and drugs as well as communication and distress call system, a true potable water distribution, etc. In this category of sailing catamaran, Avel Vaez is the most equipped for the safest navigations and ocean crossings!

The sea trials have started offshore Lorient and the acceptance is now scheduled from Feb 26th to Feb 29th with potential delivery on the 29th...

The plan is to leave Lorient between March 10th and March 15th and sail to La Grande Motte to attend the International Multihull Show from April 3rd to April 7th. Our first commercial cruise will start on April 8th with the most amazing sail across the Med to Athens in Greece. Check the program on our charter page.

If you are looking for a lifetime sailing experience, please contact us for booking and reservation!

October 31st, 2023 Excellent thread available on Sailing Anarchy

Sailing Anarchy gathers a crowd of aficionados of about everything that sails. Long time member, our contribution started with a thread where a lot of information on the construction has been shared. Should you be looking for discussion on the construction of Avel Vaez, this read is strongly recommended...! The thread starts here.

October 22nd, 2023 construction update and navigation program for 2024-2025

In September 2023, the commercial court decided to award the takeover of the Marsaudon Composites shipyard to the Grand Large Yachting group and committed to keep all of the workforce. This group has experience of high-performance catamarans and takeovers of shipyards in difficulty. Founded by Xavier Desmarest and Stéphane Constance, GLY began in 2003 with the creation of the Allure Yachting shipyard, a new specialist in blue water shallow draft aluminum sailing vessels. In 2007, Outremer Catamaran, pioneer of blue water catamarans, joined the group. In 2010, Garcia Yachting, the historic specialist in aluminum exploration sailboats, was joining the group. In 2016, GLY took over the American shipyard specializing in high-performance, luxury, all-carbon catamarans Gunboat. In 2020, RM Yachts, a specialist in fast cruising sailboats made of plywood and epoxy, joined GLY.

With the acquisition of Marsaudon Composites in 2023, GLY adds the ORC catamaran range to its catalog. GLY's objective in this acquisition seems twofold. First of all, the development of the group is such that the historic production workshops in La Grande Motte are no longer sufficient to meet commercial success. Outremer will therefore relocate the production of the Outremer 45 to Lorient and free up space at La Grande Motte to produce the new Outremer 52, which seem poised for exceptional commercial success.

The other objective is to develop the Catamaran ORC range. The ORC 42 will no longer be part of the catalog. It seems that the very radical concept of this very simple model can no longer be offered at a price low enough to attract the customers who made it successful in the past. Concerning the ORC 50, it is probable that the four unfortunate incidents of the ORC 50 (1), (2), (3), (4) contributed to the emergence of doubt among customers and consequently to the shipyard financial difficulties. The communication from the yard CEO sheds light on these problems. Having sailed for a few days on Addictive Sailing, it is this racing-cruising boat which has given us the most pleasant and entertaining sail, without comparison... It seems that GLY will keep the ORC 50 in the catalog, likely with a more reasonnable rig. A lot of thought will be needed to position this extraordinary series model in a market with no real competition in this size. For the ORC 57, the model is very recent and with the shipyard difficulties in 2023, it has yet to find its customers. GLY will therefore have a unique opportunity to position these two models in the niche of high-performance, customizable boats with very attractive prices.

During the site visit in October 2023, we were able to see that construction had resumed. The composite part is completed and the electrical cable networks and piping were being installed. The engines are installed, the winches and the windlass as well. The purchasing department has integrated the GLY system and procurement is underway again.

Avel Vaez is scheduled for the next launch at the shipyard at the end of November 2023 and delivery at the end of January 2024...

Given the delay in manufacturing the boat, the season will begin directly in the Mediterranean Sea.

Most likely, Avel Vaez will be present at the multihull show in La Grande Motte from April 4th to 7th, 2024.

Then there will be a cruise to Lavrio proposed. An extraordinary first cruise with on the program: Corsica, Capri, the Aeolian Islands, the Strait of Messina, Taormina, Ithaca, Galaxidi, Corinth Canal...

Once in Greece, our partner Fast Sailing will offer Avel Vaez for until the end of October 2024, departing from Olympic Marina in Lavrio. This is the ideal opportunity to discover the Cyclades. These islands are exceptional. They offer multiple possibilities for anchoring, navigation and discovering extraordinary sites.

A crossing from Lavrio to Las Palmas is planned for early November 2024. It will be possible to embark or disembark in Malta, Alicante or Gibraltar.

Avel Vaez is registered for the ARC 2024. It will be the first ORC 57 to participate in this famous rally. Departure on November 24, 2024 from Las Palmas!

From the end of December, the boat will discover the Caribbeans... Departing from Le Marin in Martinique or from another island depending on your needs, you will be able to discover the ORC 57 and the fabulous anchorages of this exceptional navigation area...

Atlantic crossing return from the Caribbeans, via Horta, departure March 29, 2025.

July 19th 2023 construction update

Shipyard has been placed under the Feench Bankruptcy protection law in June. Chantier. Le constructeur de catamarans Marsaudon placé en redressement judiciaire (ouest-france.fr) 

The construction continues until end July 2023, the yard is closing in August 2023 for annual leave. The construction will restart in September. 

We wanted that our boat be built in Britany. Marsaudon Composites is renown worldwide by the high-Performance Catamaran experts. The production facility and the know-how are exceptional. The construction is very light but very robust and structurally very sound. Despite the difficulties, we are proud to have supported this team these past months and we hope for the best possible outcome for all! 

June 17th 2023 construction update

Shipyard has updated the delivery date to end of October, with the launching to take place before mid-October. Expect Atlantic crossing to depart Lorient late November for arrival in Martinique on Christmas period.