OUR MOTTO

Provide high quality rowing boats to everyone & contribute to develop this beautiful activity!

ORIGIN

// FROM AN IDEA TO THE WATER

Returning from a solo row in South Atlantic (2009) and from an adventure in the ice of the Northwest Passage in 2010 (still solo row), I was looking for a new type of rowing boat. I was dreaming of an easy, light and very stable boat:

  • to row safely near the coasts of Corsica or Norway with the same speed feeling that you have with a skiff (competition boat for rivers)
  • to be able to handle my boat alone
  • to be able to carry it on the roof of my car

I searched in vain for this boat worldwide: it did not exist! There were many fast racing shells but too unstable and fragile, and the existing coastal rowing boats were too heavy for my projects.

Liteboat was born.

Mathieu Bonnier

// A HULL DESIGNED BY SAM MANUARD

Renowned naval architect and navigator Sam Manuard (winner of the Transat Jacques Vabre in Multi50 on the 2011 edition), realized that a modern chined hull would make a very stable rowing boat while providing minimal resistance. Our hull shape allows the rower to effectively “surf” versus push the water. Our boats go fast with minimal effort making them a pleasure to row.

TEAM

// WORKING TOGETHER, WITH PASSION

THE WORKSHOP

Today, LiteBoat is a team of people passionate about composite construction. We manufacture a range of 10 different boats in our workshop of 2200 m2 in Pontcharra (Isère) in the Alps. If you are interested by the LiteBoat adventure, contact us !

THE ARCHITECT

All LiteBoat boats were born from the designs of Sam Manuard, naval architect and navigator. Sam mainly designs racing boats – from mini 6.50 to IMOCA (60 feet) – as well as many IRC racer-cruiser sailing yachts.

THE PARTNERS

6 years of existence, and already a presence in Europe, USA and Canada, thanks to the investment of our distributors. Over 80% of boats built are shipped worldwide. Logistics is now part our know-how.

TECHNOLOGY 

// HANDMADE IN FRANCE WITH INNOVATIVE TECHNIQUE

To build light rowing boats, LiteBoat uses an innovative building technique: vacuum infusion. It is a process where resin is injected in mould under a vacuum. There is no air in the composite sandwich, and, above all, the exact quantity of resin injected is controlled.

As a result, LiteBoat boats benefit from a superior quality over traditionally hand lay-up built boats. As a proof of quality, all LiteBoat boats are guaranteed for two years.

In addition, the implementation of this resin is in a closed circuit which guarantees the health of the operators. The Liteboat production site has been awarded by CARSAT at the national level with the presentation of the Trophée Risques Chimiques Pros. This award is a recognition of Liteboat’s commitment to ensuring the best health and safety conditions for its team in terms of protection from hazardous chemicals.