As early as 1971, hull shapes are designed by Jean-Marie Finot on one of the first Hewlett-Packard computers, using a proprietary software developed in-house. This ground-breaking piece of software enabled him to evaluate heeled hulls, using criteria aimed at minimizing the transfer of energy to the waterflow.

It evolved along the years and is still used by Jean-Marie Finot. New hull shapes developed by finot-conq are designed directly within our 3D CAD tool, but evaluated with the same criteria.

Our boats are entierly modeled in 3D. This gives better inputs for the weight schedule, and allows to identify interferences between parts earlier and easily. Parametric and associative modeling enables us to automatically propagate any modification to the entire model. This saves weight and make testing a larger number of configurations possible. This time-tested method has been in use at finot-conq since 2002.




Computer resources :

  • 3D modeling : Unigraphics NX5, NX 7.5, Catia V5
  • 2D drafting : Unigraphics, MicroStation
  • Export under various formats : dwg, dxf, iges, step, parasolid,...
  • Hydrostatic and stability calculations : GHS (classification bodies-approuved software)
  • FEM : NX Nastran and Magics (a reference for composites calculations)
  • 2D hydrodynamics : XFoil (reference code)
  • 3D hydrodynamics : ISIS CFD (reference code, external service)
  • VPP : WinDesign (the reference, by the Wolfson Unit), open boats-specific VPP developed in-house





Our experience has allowed us to develop a strong network of reliable and efficient partners, suppliers or subcontractors, with which we have a common working culture. More specificaly, in the field of mecanical and hydrodynamics testing :


Testing resources :

  • Ecole Centrale de Nantes towing tank
  • BEC's B600 towing tank in Val de Rueil
  • Materials mechanical testing at Université de Bretagne Sud in Lorient