Privilege Catamarans were launched back in the eighties by Philippe Jeantot (twice world champion in single-handed sailing and founder of the Vendee Globe) and René Bernard through the Jeantot Marine Shipyard in Les Sables d’Olonne.

privilege catamarans
Shown is the Privilège Signature 580, Signature 510 and Serie 640

In 1996, the shipyard was sold to a new owner (La Groupe SGGR) and was renamed Alliaura Marine.

Privilege Marine Shipyard, controlled by Gilles Wagner became the new owners from 2012 until Hanse Yachts bought the Privilege brand, molds and shipyard in 2017.

Hanse have launched 2 designs: the Signature 510 and the Signature 580. They continue to build the Series 640 and the Series 740 (the flagship) from Privilege Marine days.

Marc Lombard got involved with the brand back in 1987 and has been heavily involved with the designs since that time.

Privilege are famous for producing high quality cruising catamarans: the focus is on quality rather than quantity. One of the key design features over the years has been the large owner’s suite located into the forward nacelle. As well as creating more living space, this structure provides buoyancy in heavy seas and stiffness to the whole structure.

The build quality and finishing of a Privilege is a step above the competition, and this is reflected in their strong resale values.

The History of Privilege: a Timeline

1985: Phillipe Jeantot starts Jeantot Marine, the Privilege 47 is launched
1987: Privilege 48
1988: Privilege 39 Launches
1992: Launch of the Privilege 482
1994: Privilege 51
1995: Launch of Privilege 37, 42
1995-6: Privilège 45 and 42 awarded ‘Boat of the Year’ in the US.
1996: the yard and brand was sold to Alliaura Marine.
1998: Privilege 465
1999: Privilege 435
2002: Privilege 585
2004: Privilege 395, 445, 495. The Privilège 745 flagship launches.
2007: Privilege 615, 515
2012: Gilles Wagner buys the brand and runs it as Privilège Marine
2016: Privilege 640, 740
2017: HanseYachts AG are the new owners.
2020 Privilege Signature 510 Launched

Privilege 47
The first Privilege, the 47, was launched in 1985 by Jeantot Marine.

Privilege 48
The Privilege 48, launched in 1987, is similar to the Privilege 47 which it replaced.

As was the trend in those days, she had a pretty low bridgedeck.

Privilege 39
Also called the Privilege 12, and the Alliaura 39

Privilege 482
The designs start to look sleeker with the 482 which remains a popular model on the second hand market.

Privilege 51
The 51 was hailed the ‘queen of luxury catamarans’ when it launched

Privilege 37

Privilege 42

Photo Credit: Theo Bit

Winner in the Cruising Multihull class of the Cruising World Boat Of The Year awards for 1996.

Privilege 45

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Privilege 465

Privilege 465

This Privilege 465 was designed by Marc Lombard and built at Sable d’Orlonne by Alliaura Marine who set new standards with this luxury cruising catamaran.
Elevated helm station is on the port side with easy access to lines and winches.

Privilege 435
The 435 remains heavily sought after on the second hand market. High build quality compared to the competition, and a top of the range finish. But this is not a light boat.

Privilege 585

Privilege 395

Privilege 445

Privilege 495

Privilege 745

Launched in 2004, the 745 became the new flagship of the range.

Privilege 615

Privilege 515
For more info, read our Privilege Series 5 Review.

Privilege 640

The 615 sports a more muscular look than her predecessors.

Privilege 740
The current flagship of the range…..

Privilege Signature 510
The first new model under the Hanse group. Shown below is “Ona”.

Privilege Series 580 (2020)

The first 580, Vento, was launched in December 2020.
Visit out Privilege 580 page for more photos and specs.

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