Gilles Vaton

www.vaton-design.com


19, Quai de Rive Neuve
Marseille
Bouches-du-Rhône
13007
France
(excerpt from Vaton Design web site)
Vaton's design career began working in the office of André Mauric’s where he was involved in many innovative projects e.g. centreboarders Méridien and Kriter and many production models like the Jeanneau Melody and early Bénéteau Firsts. Those 5 years of valuable experience followed several spells in England and France - with Illingworth, Nicholson and Rouillard - combined with two round-the-world races (Whitbread and Ostar 76) whilst in the same period designing a one-tonner in collaboration with A. Maupas. In 1979 he set up his own office in Marseilles, immediately winning a 40’ competition for the BEG ROHU national sailing School.
His solid experience at sea provided him with the practical know-how
indispensable in the designing of units that have the vital qualities of sea-keeping and reliability : one must cite his prestigious regatta yacht concepts Charles Heidsieck III (1981), Coriolan (1983) and Milène V (1985).

Sailboats Designed By Gilles Vaton

Model LOA First Built
ELITE 286 29.33 ft / 8.94 m 1985
ELITE 486 47.50 ft / 14.48 m 1994
FEELING 286 26.21 ft / 7.99 m 1986
FEELING 29 27.88 ft / 8.50 m 1983
FEELING 30 29.85 ft / 9.10 m 2000
FEELING 346 34.08 ft / 10.39 m 1987
FEELING 396 DI 38.39 ft / 11.70 m 2002
FEELING 486 47.50 ft / 14.48 m 1994
KELT 8.50 27.88 ft / 8.50 m 1983
MELODY 34 (JEANNEAU) 33.63 ft / 10.25 m 1974


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