From the conception of the project to the sea trials
Our team of men and women has kept over the years a familial and flexible mode of functioning. A versatility put at the disposal of our clients with the aim of coming as close to their expectations as possible, with our advice, our know-how and our experience.
Some of our associates have been with JFA Yachts for more than 24 years. This solid and stable core group, guides the new arrivals, who are motivated by the same passion – to see unique yachts created at JFA Yachts.
From the birth of your project right up to the sea trials, JFA Yachts is your sole interlocutor, taking charge of all the phases necessary to the creation of your yacht.
Frédéric Jaouen – Co-founder and president of JFA Yachts
Frédéric Jaouen was born in Concarneau. The Glénan archipelago and the bay of Concarneau are his stamping ground. He has been sailing there since he was very young. In 1987 he took part in the Transat des Alizées aboard the 14m Copain d’Abord built by Le Guen Hémidy Marine shipyard at Carentan. There he met the owner of the shipyard and they forged a friendship through this professional adventure. This is how he first became involved in ship building in Normandy and where he met Frédéric Breuilly. When the shipyard in Normandy closed down, they decided to form JFA Yachts.
Vincent Balouin – Associate at JFA Yachts and Technical manager
Passionate about mechanics in general, he naturally decided to specialize in that field at university. In order to complement his professional background, he pursued studies in composite materials.
His career started with the construction of composite sailing catamarans. Born in Concarneau, he took the chance of joining JFA’s Project Management team when Bystander was under construction in 2005. After such a successful professional experience, he worked as project manager for a series of new build projects, before assuming the role of Technical manager.
He not only works on projects in a meticulous way but also conducts project studies with professional rigor, thoroughness and passion while permanently keeping a watch on the latest technological developments. He also makes sure that works are performed properly in terms of quality and functionality. He ensures the study and execution of maintenance works requiring professional experience and adequate organization skills.
Gaël Douguet – Associate at JFA Yachts and Sales manager
Graduated in mechanics and production as well as business administration, Gael joined JFA Yachts in 2004, after having worked first intermittently within JFA’s design office team during several summer seasons in parallel with his university studies. Passionate about boat sailing and a regular participant in dinghy sailing and IRC regattas, Gael plays a key role in the company as sales manager. He is the main contact for prospects, clients, naval architects, captains and client representatives. Gael also works on all preliminary projects, prepares quotations, and participates at international boat shows.
Michel Siou –Associate at JFA Yachts and project manager
His passion for the sea, travel, human relations, and of course for yachts has brought Michel Siou to join the ranks of boat builders. For a number of years he was a professional yacht captain notably aboard some of the most prestigious units in the MAREX fleet (CNB Yachts). He understood yachts as if he had built them himself….to say the least. Project manager at JFA Yachts, he is the preferred point of contact for the owners, their representatives and their captains.
Dominique Rouchon –Associate at JFA Yachts and project manager for interiors
Having grown up by the sea and practiced boat sailing since he was a child, Dominique started his career working as project manager for sailing boat shipyards, before joining JFA in 2008 to work on Hortense’s interiors. Since then, Dominique is the main interlocutor between the architect-designers and workshops, he is responsible for studies, monitoring of the manufacturing and installation of the interiors on board. He is also also in charge of managing yacht refit projects.
Brigitte Jaouen Guennec – Manager finance and administration
Born in Concarneau like her brother Frédéric Jaouen, she studied languages in Angers, later integrating the ESCP with an option in communication and marketing. She spent the first part of her professional life in Paris. In July 1994 she spent her summer holidays in Concarneau and then decided to join JFA Yachts. An advocate of human values which she likes to share, she has been able to create a warm family atmosphere at the shipyard.
Frédéric Breuilly – Co-founder & Associate – Now retired – Prviously Production Director
Cabinetmaker at Le Guen Hémidy Marine, his passion for wood became a mark of quality in boat interiors. His versatility, his desire to always do better and more refined work led him to join in the adventure of ship building with Frédéric Jaouen in Concarneau. He does not race on the water but prefers motor cycles and enjoys the speed of motocross circuits which he frequents in Europe and abroad.
The men and women of the design office and all the crafmen and women working in various studios at JFA Yachts, contribute to making our clients’ dreams a reality.