Guelt, the mother company with its roots in the technically demanding food service industry, founded Guelt Nautic 20 years ago to apply its mature expertise in precision metalwork for applications in another challenging environment: performance sailing. The company’s skill set, which combines high technology engineering and design, mechanics, electrics and automation, allows it to take on a wide variety of demanding projects on all scales and in all settings.
With these skills plus a spirit of innovation, Guelt Nautic has become a regular supplier to teams in the world’s top sailing events, the Route du Rhum, Vendée Globe, Volvo, Transat Jacques Vabre and recently the America’s Cup.
Guelt’s 5,700m2 facility in Quimperlé, between the ocean racing centres of Port la Forêt and Lorient, is well established as a prized asset in the delivery of engineering focus and reactivity to many of the most successful skippers and their teams. This gives Guelt a rare opportunity to collaborate closely and frequently with many of the world’s most demanding ocean racing projects.
The Guelt team is proud to have contributed to the victory of Armel Le Cléac’h with Banque Populaire and in great performances by other French skippers in the last Vendée Globe: keel fins and bearings, bulbs, blocks, rudder bearings and other key elements were made and modified in the Guelt workshops; the company’s products could be found on most of the Imoca 60s participating in the latest event.
And straight after the Vendée finish the Guelt technicians were immediately back to work refurbishing Maître Coq’s keel as part of a big refit before the boat went to new owners Initiative Coeur.