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It's all about passion at the Meta Shipyard!


The Fricaud father and son duo shared a passion for mechanics and metalworking, met with that of sailors, who, after reading Moitessier's stories, always sought to experience the adventure of long-distance sailing.


Back in 1952, the father, Jean Fricaud, built an 11-metre motorsailer for his own personal use. A few years later in 1956 he opened an excavator workshop, while his son Joseph, keen to join his father, completed his technical training. The destiny of the company changed in 1961 when Jean Fricaud helped Moitessier by agreeing to build the hull of the Joshua in his workshop. Tired of public works machinery, Jean Fricaud sold his excavator factory to devote himself to deep-sea fishing aboard a boat of his own construction.


But stories recounted by Bernard Moitessier and other world-the-world voyagers brought in a flood of orders. His son Joseph started building boats in a new workshop in Tarare. During this time, 70 Joshua and 30 Damien II steel boats left the shipyard up until 1977, when Meta abandoned this material in favour of Strongall, a very thick and self-supporting aluminium. Many cruising boats display Meta colours around the world, such as the Outremer 33 and the JPB 34. Since April 2020, the new owner of the shipyard has been working a promising twin ballast keel development.


Meta: buy your future boat


From the very first models designed and created to the most recent, boatbuilder has a wide selection of seagoing pleasure craft for you to choose from. The boats of the range be divided into various different categories that continue to become ever more refined with the passing nautical seasons.



How to go about purchasing your new boat



Before acquiring your new boat, take the time to carefully examine what type of amateur sailor you are by considering some simple but useful criteria:


  • The total budget for the purchase and maintenance of the boat
  • The type of sailing and type of waters: coastal, open seas, mixed?
  • Preferred uses: Fishing? Coastal sailing? River cruising? Watersports?



Looking for the perfect boat?



Impressed by the boats from the boatyard but none of the models offer exactly what you want as a seasoned sailor (or one in the making)? No need to panic! Band of Boats is here to help you. Whether you're on the lookout for a sea cruiser, a recreational fishing boat or simply a cabin cruiser, get ready to jump in with both feet and purchase your future new or used boat. We look forward to counting you amongst our community of passionate enthusiasts. Awaken the sailor sleeping inside you and prepare to write the first pages of your very own ship's log.