Dufour & Fountaine Pajot by Race Nautica

Race Nautica Marine was founded in 1998 from a passion for racing and the boats of John Tarantino, first as a small sole proprietorship engaged in the preparation of racing boats, to today established leading company in the sale of boats from prestigious shipyards such as: Fountaine Pajot For sailing and motor catamarans and monohulls: Dufour Yachts, Sunbeam Yachts, and finally the latest arrival Solaris Yachts.

John Tarantino ‘s great passion has allowed the development of this company exponentially, to date it boasts 2 stores with attached offices: one at the port of Punta Ala and the other at Puntone di Scarlino with a team of collaborators as passionate as he is.

One of the great strengths of Race Nautica which manages to sell about 30 new boats per year is: the great ability to take, i.e., pick up the eventual used boat and another is to have the economic availability to book and reserve slots/hulls with the represented yards for always have the boats in stock and in minimum time for catamarans where usually the shipyard reserves more than 2 years of expectation, with access to better discounting to be reserved for the final customer.


Dufour Yachts



Dufour Yachts – THE HISTORY

In 1957 young engineer Michel Dufour discovered a new material: polyester. During this period, he perfected the practice of sailing in regattas and became passionate about the study of sailboats, rating rules and hydrodynamic laws. This is how the idea of building a polyester sailboat was born. In 1964 Michel Dufour embarked on the design of a transportable sailboat, the “Sylphe.” To manufacture it, he took all possible financial risks, rented a hangar and launched “Sylphe” under the auspices of his new company, Le Stratifié Industriel.

In 1971 Dufour’s “Sortilège” model was launched and the brand gained momentum. Michel Dufour took advantage of the opening of the Port des Minimes, a famous marina in La Rochelle, to establish the boat show Le Grand Pavois, dragging manufacturers in the industry into the venture. Present on all fronts, it extended its commercial network to export throughout Europe and set up branches in Italy and the United States, an operation that earned it theOscar de l’Exportation in 1973 and enabled it to establish itself as a European leader. It was during this flourishing period that the famous Dufour 35, 27, 33, 34, 1300, 29, 31, 2800 and 1800 models were born.

In the early 1980s, it was the turn of the T7, 3800, 4800 and D28 sailboats to see the light of day. Dufour Yachts then works to build and develop a true brand image. The La Rochelle shipyard chooses to implement a co-branding strategy and envisions an exclusive partnership with the Lacoste brand. This is how the Dufour 42 Lacoste model was born, a sailboat produced in a limited series of twelve that still shines with its timeless elegance. In 1988, Dufour Yachts went up in quality with its Dufour Prestige sailboats, located at the forefront of the global yachting industry. Indeed, the models in the Prestige range are unique and feature particularly luxurious and modern interiors.

The 2000s marked the beginning of collaboration with renowned naval architect Umberto Felci. From this association will come the Performance ranges in 2002 and Grand Large ranges in 2003. If Dufour Performance sailboats have an elegant profile, dedicated to racing, Dufour Grand Large sailboats are, on the other hand, designed for cruising. Ceaselessly renewed ever since, these ranges each meet a different need, to the delight of all boating enthusiasts.

Dufour Yachts – THE DESIGN

The Dufour design office works closely with Umberto Felci, one of the world’s greatest naval architects, to conceive hulls of exceptional quality. Dufour sailboats, the result of their combined efforts, are now unanimously appreciated by sailors around the world for their elegance, performance and comfort.

The design of Dufour Yachts ‘ sailboats is characterized by very balanced hull shapes, which feature powerful stern sections, reduced submerged surfaces and thin appendages at the water exits. This unique concept allows Dufour yachts to make a difference and win over all sailing enthusiasts at a stroke.

Dufour Yachts – THE PRODUCTION

100% French-made, all Dufour sailboats are imagined, conceived and produced in La Rochelle, at the company’s headquarters. With nearly 400 models manufactured per year, Dufour fully controls its production chain, from design through assembly and joinery to finished product.

To ensure sailboats of a unique quality, Dufour Yachts selects the best materials and employs unparalleled industry expertise. In fact, the company is particularly distinguished by its use of rigorous methods and approaches: hand layering, punctilious assembly, fine carpentry, and meticulous controls.


Fountaine Pajot Sailing Catamarans

Fountaine Pajot Sailing Catamarans – THE HISTORY.

Fountaine Pajot was founded in 1976 by Jean-François Fountaine, Yves Pajot, Daniel Givon, and Rémi Tristan, who shared a passion for sailing and racing and a dream of creating their own shipyard. The two recognized the dynamic opportunities in the marine industry at the time and joined forces to make their mark on the scene.

Today, 40 years later, Fountaine Pajot is one of the most respected shipyards in the world. The dedicated vision of the founding fathers, combined with an unwavering commitment to innovation, development and unparalleled service, has seen the company garner countless industry awards and set the benchmark for cruising catamarans worldwide.

These 40 years of incomparable experience have seen the creation of 40 models between sail and motor, each uniquely adapted to the individual needs of their happy owners. These 40 years of success continually inspire to reach new horizons and set even higher standards on the exciting projects planned for the years to come.

Fountaine Pajot Sailing Catamarans – THE DESIGN.

At the core of our experience is our ability to anticipate. Our two design studios draw on our 40 years of experience while still questioning the certainties we have acquired, to constantly improve performance through innovation. This insatiable desire to preserve the best of the present by combining it with the best of research helps to further optimize life aboard our boats. We do not choose between comfort and performance, we address them as complementary features that must reinforce each other to make our models unique, modern and innovative.

Our engineering teams are located in our two production centers: in Aigrefeuille, we have our headquarters and historic factory responsible for boats in the core Fountaine Pajot range, and in La Rochelle, where we specialize in “Flagships” models, catamarans over 50 feet and Motor Yachts, with a specific dedicated team.

Fountaine Pajot Sailing Catamarans – THE PRODUCTION.

Because we come from competitive sailing, Fountaine Pajot distinguishes ourselves by our high technical standards. We maintain the highest level of diligence in choosing the partners with whom we collaborate year after year, in a constant quest for innovation and improvement.

As specialists in multihulls and inspired by offshore racing, our suppliers, driven by the same passion for sailing, guarantee maneuverable, high-performance equipment. In Fountaine Pajot we know that sensual pleasure is the source of happiness at sea. One need only think of the caress of the wind, the blue and brackish scents, or the warmth of a sunbeam to remember how much the pleasure of the senses pervades the pleasure of sailing. Our carpenters have this desire for a sensual experience in mind when they design, polish, and assemble the wood that makes up the interior of your boat.

The nobility of the woods they make and the craftsmanship that guides their skilled actions give our models aunique soul that will accompany your every outing at sea.


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