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Set up by Gilles Vaton in 1979, the Vaton Design Office, its premises located on Marseilles’ historic Old Port, brings together the talents and skills of naval architects and a maritime engineer. The office has ongoing collaboration with outside consultants for specific engineering projects and is equipped with the latest tools for 3D-CAD and hull analysis.
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Born 12 avril 1952 in the Brittany port of Quimper, Gilles learned his sea craft from a very young age and progressed from centreboarders to big ocean racing yachts quite naturally. He took part in the first Whitbread aboard Kriter (1973/74), the Transat solo in 1976, the 2nd Whitbread with Neptune (1977/78), SORC, in numerous Giraglias and the Maxi series.
His design career started in André Mauric’s prestigious offices in Marseille 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).
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Gilles Vaton
Naval architect IFAN
Manager
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Reda Boutebba
Maritime Engineer
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André Simon
Imaging, graphic design
Vaton Design - 9 bis, rue Protis - 13007 Marseille - phone: 33 (0)4 91 54 00 00 - fax: 33 (0)4 91 54 82 40 - e-mail: vatongilles@orange.fr
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photos andre simon