Fountaine-pajot and Dufour merge
French catamaran builder Fountainepajot and Dufour Yachts are putting final touches to merger plans. The two firms, both based in La Rochelle, have reached an agreement, although staff are being consulted before the decision is finalised. Fountaine-pajot will take a majority stake in Dufour Yachts, though the companies will remain separate. The merger aims to open up new markets for the brands. Fountaine-pajot, which has launched its new flagship Astréa 42, has a strong presence in the Americas while Dufour, which has unveiled its new 390 Grand Large, is well established in Europe.
Dufour will be run as a separate entity