Innovation Yachts is a boat builder committed to a responsible ‘clean’ approach to the design and construction of the yachts and boats that leave our yard in Les Sables d’Olonne, France.

From concept, to completion and beyond, Innovation Yachts is unswerving in its delivery of unique, custom-built vessels that: are uncompromising in attention to detail or performance; incorporate the finest modern (sustainable and renewable) materials and technical innovation; offer outstanding performance based on the experiences and prowess of internationally renowned sailor Norbert Sedlacek, our Managing Director, who is widely considered to be one of the most accomplished sailors in the world.

As a part of ANT-ARCTIC-LAB, we will provide our philosophy and the resulting material concept with the ultimate proof of quality, safety, functionality and durability.

Our Team

Norbert Sedlacek Koch

Managing Director

Trading in his job working as a tram driver at the Vienna public transport agency, to sail through the planet’s most dangerous and isolated areas, single-handed, professional skipper, author, filmmaker and keynote speaker, Norbert Sedlacek is generally considered to be one of the finest sailors of his generation. A man who turned his hobby into a career, in a quest to live a more adventured life and discover new places, Sedlacek’s sailing career trajectory is nothing short of breathtaking.

Embarking on his first circumnavigation in 1996, and completing it in 1998 on a homespun 26-footer, Sedlacek went on to achieve success in solo trips around Artarctica; the Vendee Globe and IMOCA Open 60, cementing his place as a solo, seafaring legend. He is the first Austrian to sail single-handed, non-stop around Antarctica; and the first German-speaking participant and finisher of the Vendée Globe.

Norbert is the co-founder of Innovation Yachts, with Marion Koch, MSc.

Marion Koch


Back in 2005, at just 17-years-old, our CEO Marion Koch became the youngest Austrian sailor to receive her worldwide offshore sailing license (FB4). Following the completion of a bachelor’s degree in sport equipment technology, Marion focused her early career on water sports, initially working at Decathlon in fin development. Soon after, she completed a masters degree in sports equipment technology with a main focus on yacht construction – with a thesis about hydromechanic and solidity properties of IMOCA racing yachts.

In 2009, Marion founded Yacht Construction Consulting GmbH, located in Austria and started her first own Open60 Design Project. After 3 years of research for Yacht building materials Marion designed her first volcanic-fiber yacht, the prototype of an Open16. With this unique racing boat Harald Sedlacek, the son of Norbert sailed 2 non-stop trans-Atlantic turns achieving three sailing records.

After this successful period, in 2013 Marion jumped from the offshore racing scene to the super yacht business. Working with offshore racing skipper Norbert Sedlacek, Marion embarked on her first super yacht project – a 91 feet luxury cruiser racer. The end-to-end design included the nautical architecture and interior layout and won the prestigious Designer Award for sailing yachts.

Since 2015 Marion has focused her attention on the research, design and architecture for an absolute unique type of racing yacht, which should highlight material possibilities as well as the quality and safety of the Innovation Yachts concept, the Open60 AAL. She co-founded Innovation Yachts to bring this new, high-end quality yacht-building concept with several unique, sustainable as well as fully recyclable materials onto the nautical market.

Norbert Sedlacek Koch’s Achievements

Oase II
1994 – 1996

Reconstruction for first circumnavigation
Composite boat building including construction management

Oase III
1998 – 2000

New construction including high quality interior for Icelimit around Antarctic
Aluminium construction project management

IMOCA Open60 Austria One
2007 – 2008

Reconstruction, putting into conformity to IMOCA rules for Vende Globe 2008/09
Aluminum / Composite construction project management

2012 – 2013

New construction for Atlantic crossing
Composite construction including full research of new yacht building concept using volcanic fiber

YCC91 Bellkara
2013 – 2016

New construction for client luxury cruising racer
Concept, design and project management aluminum construction

2016 – 2018

New construction for Project ANT-ARCTIC-LAB
Concept, design and project management composite construction


Enthusiasts of recreational marine activities (including sailing) normally have a deep affinity with nature; a well-preserved natural environment is key to their continued participation and enjoyment

Innovation Yachts has forged partnerships with innovative, industry proven companies – ones that embrace a reduced floating footprint through recycled materials, reduced carbon emissions and sustainability – to offer our bespoke yacht customers the highest quality and cleanest products and materials possible.


“ Is the global leading producer of enhanced volcanic rock filaments, on an industrial scale with a very precise range of products.

Therefore ISOMATEX is very pleased to bring its long-lasting cooperation with Innovation Yachts to the next level by entering into a strategic longue-terms partnership. From the very beginning the whole team of ISOMATEX have been impressed by the Norbert Sedlacek competence, reliability, creativity and motivation and are excited to work more closely on this exciting new innovation project. ”

Tigran Vartanian

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“ Norbert is one of the few non-French skippers who has done the Vendée Globe. Which explains his project choice that is more than original and highlights the new art of sustainable and recyclable yacht design and construction. I’m glad that Norbert trusts us and our products for his incredible and unique world record attempt through all oceans. ”

Vincent Marsaudon,
Direction Lorima

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3A Composites

“ The ANT-ARCTIC-LAB sailing project represents a breakthrough in sustainable innovation, technology, and public awareness on marine conservation, and we are very proud to have provided the PET foam & balsa wood based composites to construct this extraordinaire yacht”

Roman Thomassin,
CEO of 3A Composites Core Materials division, producer and manufacturer of the AIREXBALTEKBANOVA composite products.

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“ Treading unknown territories it the only possibility to leave one’s mark to highlight new paths.
The fascination, which is masked in the challenge, corresponds to our DNA.
That’s what pushes us for over 50 years and is as well the reason to support project ANT-ARCTIC-LAB. ”

Uwe Stein,

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