The blue tape is being used to help the craftspeople align the wood grains for one long panel.
A proper yacht deserves a proper wooden wheel for the helm.
It takes two to properly trim this curved piece of wood; special machines are on site to address a variety of particular needs.
Tyvek suits and respirators protect workers so they can concentrate on getting a perfect finish.
Getting a perfect finish requires not only high-tech machinery but also thorough wipe-downs by hand, to remove dust. It’s only then that the hundreds of panels, handrails, entertainment consoles and other pieces can be prepped for the yacht’s final fit-out.
As the staircase of a 130 and the master stateroom of a 164 reveal, all of this work pays off in the form of beautifully aligned grains without bumps or other imperfections.
To showcase its Prestige line of motoryachts and express cruisers, French boatbuilder Jeanneau welcomes select guests to its impressive factory in Les Herbiers in western France. Prospective boat buyers, dealers, and a few lucky journalists got a glimpse of the entire boatbuilding process from the design and engineering studios to the yard where the boats are loaded for truck delivery. Oh and there was a really nice lunch with a little champagne as well!
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