In 1974 ALUBAT built ‘VODKA’, the prototype of the first OVNI ever: the OVNI 25. It was made of aluminium but with a fin keel. Then, the OVNI 31 soon enlarged the range, but as a weighted lifting keel boat. After that, the OVNI 28, launched in 1978, was the first aluminium lifting keel boat and although it had a bilge keel, it did set the tone for the next designs.
Later, in 1994, the yard started to build keel yachts, represented today by the CIGALE range. In addition to the ALUBAT in-house expertise and its design/engineering department, the very best naval architects are invited to design the yachts like Marc LOMBARD. All these boats are always fully – hull and deck – made of aluminium.
In 2014, 14 shareholders, manufacturers in Vendée, passionate about sailing and blue water travels, represented by Michel BERSON, President, bought the shipyard. The General Manager, Christian PICARD contributes in perpetuating the historical values of the shipyard and modernizing the range.
His knowledge, as the founder and manager for over 25 years of the yacht broking company AYC Yachtbroker, his skills in the water sports field, his experience in sailing around the globe and his listening skills made him developing new ranges.
Since its beginning, the ALUBAT shipyard has built more than 1,500 units, all aluminium, most of which are still sailing all over the world.