Andre Mauric

1909 - 2003

Andre Mauric photo

Andre Mauric had a prolific career especially centered on the creation of racing yachts.
Son of a Marseillais cabinetmaker with a passion for sailing.
Though his study in mathematics was halted by the economic crisis of 1929, he took classes in naval architect while working for Charles Baudouin, a boat builder in Marseilles.
Here he designed and built fishing boats and other harbor craft on the eve of the second World War.
During this period he also designed racing sailboats, and created a version of the Star class that proved superior to all others at the time.
In offshore boats, he becomes famous in 1972 for 'Unthinkable?', winner of the half-ton cup (IOR), which evolved into the hugely popular FIRST 30 from Beneteau This boat later became the mono-hull used the for the Tour de France a la Voile.
In 1973, the Mauric designed the MELODY (10,25m) another big success, this time for Jeanneau.
Mauric was also responsible for Pen Duick VI, sailed by Éric Tabarly in the Whitbread race, around the world.
In 1975, winning half-tonner Jabadao, sailed by Guy Cornou.
In 1978, Kriter V then in 1983, Kriter VIII.
He was part of the challenge for the America's Cup sponsored by Baron Bich, (France, And 'France II'.).
Mauric also worked on a number of the boats used by Jacques Cousteau in his many voyages around the world.

Sailboats Designed By Andre Mauric

Model LOA First Built
CHALLENGER 7.6 22.97 ft / 7.00 m 1970
CHALLENGER SCOUT 23.62 ft / 7.20 m 1970
DEFENDER 15 26.25 ft / 8.00 m 1969
DEFENDER 27 26.25 ft / 8.00 m 1971
DELPH 28 28.15 ft / 8.58 m 1974
DELPH 32 31.53 ft / 9.61 m 1974
DRAC 35.33 ft / 10.77 m 1973
FIRST 27 (BENETEAU) 26.24 ft / 8.00 m 1978
FIRST 30 (BENETEAU - MAURIC) 29.36 ft / 8.95 m 1976
MELODY 34 (JEANNEAU) 33.63 ft / 10.25 m 1974
SUPER ARLEQUIN 30.18 ft / 9.20 m 1973
SUPER CHALLENGER 29.53 ft / 9.00 m 1966