Regatta experience with numerous racing victories:
- Route du Rhum: Philippe Poupon
- Boc Challenge: Philippe Jeantot
- Vendée Globe Challenge: Titouan Lamazou
- C-Star: Loïc Peyron
- Vendée Globe Challenge: Alain Gautier
- French Kiss: Marc Pajot
- Ville de Paris
- France 2 et France 3
Grand voyage vessels:
- Le Ponant (88 metre cruiser) three 50 metre masts
- Antarctica, 35 metre monohull sailed by Jean-Louis Étienne
- Friday Star, 42 metre monohull, 3 masts (formerly “Vendredi 13”)
- Douce France, 42 metre catamaran schooner
Experimental and concept projects:
- La Boudeuse, Junk used in a campaign of scientific exploration - l’Esprit de Bougainville 1999-2000
- Turbo-sails by Jacques-Yves Cousteau
- Engin de Vitesse, Charente-Maritime
- Trimaran used in “Waterworld” starring Kevin Costner
At Maréchal Masts, two key words characterize production: precision and quality. Many of the most prestigious boat builders, names like Privilege, NBC, Fountaine-Pajot, Catana and Discovery have entrusted their mast requirements to Maréchal. Large custom designed units include Douce France (42 m catamaran), Star Friday (ex-13 Friday, 42 m monohull), Le Ponant (sailing ship of 90 m) as well as scientific projects such Antarctica (renamed Tara by Peter Blake) and Le Junk Boudeuse also have confidence in the design and implementation of their spars and masts by Maréchal.
All operations are carried out in an air-conditioned workshop to ensure consistency of implementation. These carbon masts, sold under the brand name Z Carbone, are operational aboard the craft of major builders including Structure (Pogo), Beneteau, Dufour, Fora Marine (RM) Archambault as well as on specialist racing vessels and fast cruisers.
Three main factors govern the construction and design of the top of the range masts made by Maréchal These are the search for performance at the manufacturing level, strength and aesthetics with a particular emphasis on the search for elegance and quality of finish.
The fabrication is based on a welded joint design combined with CNC machined parts for greater accuracy and an outstanding finish. The aluminium poles are cut from original shaped extrusions. All parts and products used in construction receive an anti-corrosion treatment and the aluminium is then finely sanded before applying the polyurethane paint. Degreasing and treatment of all these undercoats allow perfect adhesion of the lacquer. These operations are performed in heated and dust-free cabins to ensure a flawlessly finished surface.
The Maréchal workshop today produces composite masts using carbon fabric pre-pregs. Materials are laid up in a female mould and autoclaved for 30 minutes at three atmospheres, making them exceptionally light and rigid. The quality of finish provided by this manufacturing process is perfected with the application of clear varnish as standard.
All processes of assembly, welding, finishing and anti-corrosion treatment are applied in the same way as standard to production models as they are to one-off special craft. For the customer these refinements of technique translate into a guarantee of reliability, durability and performance that have made Maréchal a brand of reputation and prestige to be found upon all the seas of the globe.