L'agence

Naval architecture agency since 1982

Our history

Marc Lombard started his activity as a naval architect in October 1981. After studying at the University of Southampton in the yacht design section, in October 1982, he started his own business as a naval architect. The agency was first specialized in multihull and monohull racing sailboats, and gradually diversified by designing for the mass production boat industry, for the super yacht field and more recently for the motor yacht field.

“Paradoxically, we started with sailing and we still love sailboats, but we have diversified. Naval architecture, is ultimately the oldest profession in the world. You have to imagine that Neanderthal man had to build boats to cross rivers. Today, whether fishing, trade, the cruise, everything interests me. I am not sectarian. I like to learn new things and invest in new areas.”

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1982. L'origine

Sailing enthusiast crewed in his Parisian youth, Marc Lombard se forme à l'architecture navale at the Southampton Institute of Technology, from which he graduated in 1981. He sails in convoy with Mike Birch in 1978, après que ce dernier ait gagné la Route du Rhum sur son petit trimaran jaune dessiné par l'architecte américain Walter Greene. He offered him an end-of-study internship at his shipyard in the USA., where Marc Lombard will work in particular with Halvard Mabire and Jean-François De Prémorel. An incredible bargain and experience who will forge their know-how. Marc Lombard decides as soon as october 1982, à l'âge de 23 years, to create his cabinet d'architecture navale à La Rochelle to design offshore racing boats.

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1982-1991. First creations, first successes

Plan d'enfer, hydrofoil trimaran 12 m, then Thorough, catamaran of 13.50 m, et Lejaby Rasurel 2, catamaran of 60 feet will be his first creations. Marc Lombard also draws Because Cadelac, trimaran foiler 70 feet ultra light very innovative pour l'époque, who obtains many victories with its retractable foils. Impressed by the speed of Because Cadelac during the tour of Europe in 85, Phillipe Jeantot entrusts the drawing of his 60 feet Agricultural credit 2 for the first Vendée Globe to Marc Lombard, what will be his first IMOCA. Thereafter, Philippe Jeantot presents his construction site to him., Jeantot Marine, now Navy Privilege. C'est le début d'une longue collaboration avec 13 models et évolutions développés avec l'agence in addition to 30 years.

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1992-2002. The confirmation

Eric Livet, puis Lucien Wolher intègrent l'entreprise de Marc Lombard. 1992 est l'année de la rencontre avec le chantier YES, aujourd'hui RM Yachts. With this project begins a long collaboration : 13 models. L'agence est fière de pouvoir encore sauvegarder ce procédé de epoxy plywood construction. In 1997, Catherine Chabaud entrusts us with the study of her IMOCA " The Penguin " (Whirlpool). His career will be exceptional : 7 Vendée Globe and Round-Alone, more than 20 deckchairs, the absolute record for the number of miles for an IMOCA ! This boat will inspire Jean Le Cam and Roland Jourdain, who will command his Sill with which he will make excellent results. In 2000, People's Bank 2 will be the 1is ORMA modern dessiné par l'agence pour Lalou Roucayrol, followed by People's Bank 3 which will be equipped with first curved and retractable foils.

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2003-2012. Développement de l'agence

In 2003, launch of Figaro Beneteau 2 which is a real success. 98 copies were produced, grâce à quoi l'agence a pu intégrer le chantier Jeanneau and sign his first successes in mass-market series. First with the Sun Odyssey 35 (+1200 boats built), then with the Beneteau Group pour lequel l'implication s'étend : the new models Sun Odyssey et Oceanis, et aujourd'hui de nouvelles gammes moteurs multicoques. In between 2003 et 2008, l'agence étoffe ses compétences avec l'intégration de 3 new employees. Henry-Paul Schipman designs and constructs his prototype Mini 6.50 (3th in the Mini-Transat 2009). Paul Cougnaud develops the structure division, et Lionel Huetz fortifie l'expertise de l'agence en hydrodynamique. In 2007, l'agence démarre une collaboration avec le chantier Nautitech Catamarans, with which 5 modèles seront développés jusqu'à aujourd'hui.

Our team

Imprint of the know-how of its founder Marc Lombard, our team is now made up of 10 associated with various profiles (architects, engineers, modelers, designers). It is this mix of skills that allows us to work transversally on all of our projects..

“We like projects to pass through everyone's hands. Everyone brings their own idea to the projects.”

Our 40 years of experience and our multidisciplinarity push us to design ever more innovative projects, to meet the challenges of tomorrow, both in the world of racing and in that of yachting.

University of Southampton 1992
Dans l'équipe depuis 1992

Eric LIVED

naval architect & co manager
Project manager
University of Southampton 2003
Dans l'équipe depuis 2003

Henry-Paul SCHIPMAN

naval architect & co manager
Design and drafts
ENSTA Betagne 2006
Dans l'équipe depuis 2007

Paul COUGNAUD

naval engineer & co manager
Structure and finite elements
merchant navy officer
Dans l'équipe depuis 1994

Lucien WOLHER

naval architect
Stability and standards
ENSTA Betagne 2007
PhD in Hydrodynamics Ecole Centrale de Nantes
Dans l'équipe depuis 2008

Lionel HUETZ

Doctor in hydrodynamics
R&D and hulls
University of Quilmes 2013
Specialized Master Ecole Centrale de Nantes and University of Liège 2017
Dans l'équipe depuis 2018

Maria-Sol MASSERA

naval architect
Hydrodynamics and structure
ENSTA Betagne 2015
DPEA ENSA Nantes 2018
Dans l'équipe depuis 2019

Nicolas LAVAUZELLE

naval engineer
Composite et structure
ENSAM Angers 2019
DPEA ENSA Nantes 2020
Dans l'équipe depuis 2020

Arnaud RAMBAUD

naval engineer
Racing and structure
ENSA Versailles
DPEA ENSTA Bretagne / ENSA La Villette 2019
Dans l'équipe depuis 2021

Manon LOQUIN

naval architect
Design and drafts

University of Technology of Compiègne 2020
MS Naval Architecture ENSTA Bretagne 2022
Dans l'équipe depuis 2022

Léo CHEVANCE

naval engineer
Composite et structure
Business Administration IAE Pau
Bachelor's degree in HR CNAM Niort
Dans l'équipe depuis 2020

Marie-Laurence SIMON

Accounting
Management and administration