Bertrand Danglade, founder of French shipyard Rhéa Marine, died on Monday 7 August after the ultralight aircraft he was flying crashed at Saint-Esthephe airport near Bordeaux. He was 71.
Danglade founded the Rhéa Marine shipyard on the Ile de Ré, near La Rochelle, in 1996, and grew it into one of the great success stories of the French boating industry of the last 20 years.
In 2012, he sold his business to a holding company, DLJ, and continued to carry out responsibilities at the yard until January 2014. Danglade had been enjoying a well-deserved retirement since 2015.
A qualified pilot who was passionate about boats and aviation, Danglade was a familiar and well-respected personality within the French nautical industry.