New horizons for the french Franck Roy Shipyard
Tuesday, November 19, 2019 2:55 PM
Romuald Tuffery, a 24-year-old Vendée entrepreneur, has just acquired the Franck Roy Shipyard. Previously located in Marsilly near La Rochelle, the shipyard manufacturing exceptional sailing boats has moved to Les Achards in Vendée. Franck Roy created his shipyard 20 years ago and it has now become emblematic. Since then, more than 200 boats have been born, all unique. His trademark? Traditionally designed vessels, magnificent imported woods, finishes worthy of the most beautiful luxury items, but above all, the desire to build the boat of each customer’s dreams, combining performance and look, whatever their aspirations and size. A few months ago, Franck Roy decided to bow out after these 20 years’ passionate work. He wanted to sell his business to a buyer who would preserve its spirit as a “small traditional shipyard”.
Romuald Tuffery, founder and director of West-Info, fell in love with his models, when they were exhibited at the 2018 Nautic boat show in Paris. Several hours spent discussing the company’s history and the planned sale with Franck Roy didn’t leave the young entrepreneur unmoved. A few weeks later, he visited the shipyard and immediately saw development potential within his grasp. Very quickly, he got involved and drew up his takeover proposal. The plan: process modernisation, relocation to the Vendée region and international sales, but, above all, preserving the know-how and DNA that define the Franck Roy Shipyard. The sale was completed on 4 November 2019.
The Yardmoves to Vendee
A few days ago, the Franck Roy Shipyard left Marsilly (Charente-Maritime) for Les Achards (Vendée), a few kilometres from Les-Sables-d’Olonne. Romuald Tuffery tells us: “I wanted to bring the two companies together to make their management easier. Some of the existing employees live in the area, which confirmed my decision. In addition, Les-Sables-d’Olonne and more generally Vendée are very dynamic in the nautical sector and several suppliers are located in Les Achards. We are moving into premises previously occupied by joinery, the charm of the wooded facade and the building’s large floor area make it an ideal place to house the business”. The relocation entails slight internal restructuring: hiring apprentices familiar with the shipyard and the return of a former workshop manager. Employees who have not followed the company are already making new plans.
Handing down tradition focus of the Project
The founder will remain very involved in ongoing projects to ensure the best handover and to keep track of those for which he was the main customer contact. Franck Roy approaches the handover calmly: “The team already works independently in the workshop, and with Antoine at the helm I am confident. We have been working with Romuald on the current projects for several months, I will disappear gradually until the boats are delivered. All the same, I am remaining as a consultant if they need me; in particular, I’ll be there to outline the future of the range”.