Why build a boat to an ISO standard?

Fountaine-Pajot

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Since July 1991 Fountaine Pajot has been certified by DNV-GL, to ISO 9001 standards. This certification covers their 3 sites Aigrefeuille, La Rochelle and coming into operation Les Minimes. It includes the full scope of their activities, design and manufacture of catamarans.

What is ISO 9001 certified?

It demonstrates a company’s ability to consistently provide products and services that meet customer and regulatory requirements. It shows a commitment to effective quality management by adding credibility and demonstrating that your product or service meets the expectations of your customers. These standards ensure safety and quality of products produced.

FP ISO 9001 certifiedThe construction of Fountaine Pajot sail and power catamarans includes verifications at every stage in conformity with ISO 9001. The fiberglass fabrics are checked before use and each stage of lamination is followed by an inspection. Pressure during vacuum gluing operations is continuously measured by means of manometer and the quality of the result is systematically checked over the whole glued surface.p-ab-man-03 ISO 9001 certified

The hardness of the composite is measured on each element after it comes out of the mold by the Barcol procedure and samples taken from each boat are tested in a kiln in order to verify resistance to hydrolysis of the gel-coats and laminates. The resistance to wear and weathering of the adhesives used for the lining and floors are also tested.

When completed, the boat goes to the test basin where all of its equipment is tested and a sprinkler system checks to verify the whole structure is completely watertight. For future reference, the technical departments maintain a comprehensive file on every vessel, which contains the details of all the materials and products used and all equipment installed.FP ISO 9001 certified 2

Exact drawings of certain specific components are also archived, as well as samples of the composite. There is total trace-ability of every unit that leaves the yard: a rigorous system essential for subsequent maintenance. The company’s technical department and the engine manufacturers conduct sea trials on all catamarans to guarantee delivery in perfect condition.

The Fountaine Pajot yard is the first French boat builder to have obtained “ISO 9002 Quality” certification for the entire production cycle on its vessels. Always in the forefront where quality is concerned, Fountaine Pajot has just obtained its certification to ISO 9001 version 2000.


Eric Smith

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