The Privilege team prides itself on its unparalleled expertise, know-how and experience that facilitates the construction of premier catamarans. Privilege catamarans are renowned for their circumnavgation abilities and their superior comfort both underway and at mooring. They are famous for their durability, equipment quality and craftsmanship of their fibreglass work.
Architecture and Design:
Privilege hulls, shapes and decks are entirely developed by the design office of Marc Lombard Design Group (MLDG). Each Privilege has been studied, designed and modelled with cutting-edge software that improves hull shape resistance (Prismatic) and hull drag (Computational Fluid Dynamics software) and the structural performance of the boat (Fine Element Analysis software)
Marc Lombard’s design office bears a reputation second to none. It is responsible for numerous victories in offshore racing and multihull projects (Formula 40, Orma 60, etc), and also in the monohull world (Classe 40, Imoca 60, IRC, Mini Transat, etc). Historically focused on racing, MLDG is the very first naval architect office to integrate doctorate specialists in hydrodynamics to further expand its expertise.
Structure / Infusion:
The hulls, decks and structural bulkheads are made with infused sandwich with some vinylester base resins, known for their anti-osmosis properties. Top quality closed-cell foam is used in order to allow a well-controlled impregnation of the entire sandwich during the infusion process; weight and resistance are thus optimised, sonic and thermic insulation preserved.
Some monolithic areas are devoted when fittings such as thru hulls and ground plates are added in order to avoid any risk of water infiltration and also to secure the fitting to a crush-proof base.
The “impact zones” have been especially addressed :
- keels areas are entirely isolated from the rest of the catamaran and are subject to numerous vertical and horizontal reinforcements,
- the fore peaks are equipped with compartments named “crash boxes” to optimise the buoyancy of the vessel in case of frontal impact, and this is an initiative that has been implemented since the very first Privilege was built 25 years ago.
- the aft transoms are equipped with a waterproof bulkhead to safeguard the engine compartment in case of damage (grounding, etc).