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A Beneteau Oceanis 473 (47.3') at anchor

Beneteau or Bénéteau (EuronextBEN) is a French sail and motor boat manufacturer, with production facilities in France and the United States.[1]

History[edit]

Shipwright Benjamin Bénéteau founded the company[2][3] in 1884, at Croix-de-Vie, France to build sailing trawlers.[4] In the mid sixties, Benjamin's grandchildren Annette Bénéteau Roux[5] and her brother André Bénéteau introduced a line of fiberglass boats.

The company is a large and recognized boat builder, commanding a substantial worldwide market share for sailing yachts, predominately in the United States, France and the United Kingdom. It has five factories in the Vendée department of France and one US plant in Marion, South Carolina. The Beneteau USA plant opened in 1986;[6] since then the factory has nearly doubled in size to about 250,000 square feet (23,000 m2), with roughly $25 million of total capital invested in the US. As of May, 2017, the Marion plant has built and distributed more than 8,700 boats.[7]

Beneteau models[edit]

First Series[edit]

These are racer/cruiser sailboats, with a higher emphasis on the racing aspects, yet are substantially equipped for comfortable cruising. Equipped with tall fractional rigs, high performance keels and upgraded deck hardware. Introduced in 1976 with the First 30 model designed by Andre Mauric.[8] Current First models being offered include:[9][10]

  • First 20
  • First 22
  • First 25
  • First 35

Sense Series[edit]

A line of high end cruising sailboats introduced in 2010.[11] Models include:[12]

  • Sense 50 (First built in 2010)
  • Sense 43 (First built in 2011)
  • Sense 55 (First built in 2012)
  • Sense 46 (First built in 2013)
  • Sense 57 (First built in 2016)

Oceanis Series[edit]

These are cruising boats, though these boats are viable for Performance Handicapped Racing Fleet (PHRF) handicapped racing. Models include:[13][14][15]

Beneteau Idylle Series[edit]

This series of cruising boats consists of five types designed by Andre Beneteau, Berret-Racoupeau and German Frers. They were built between 1982 and 1988 and mainly sold in France and the US.

  • Beneteau Idylle 880[25]
  • Beneteau Idylle 1050[26]
  • Beneteau Idylle 1150[27]
  • Beneteau Idylle 1350[28]
  • Beneteau Idylle 1550[29] (also known as the Mooring 51)

Swift Trawler Series[edit]

These are trawler yacht powerboats. The Swift Trawler 42 was the company's first trawler yacht and the first Beneteau powerboat to reach the U.S. Market.[30] Current Swift Trawler models offered by Beneteau include:[31]

  • Swift Trawler 30
  • Swift Trawler 34
  • Swift Trawler 35
  • Swift Trawler 44
  • Swift Trawler 50

Monte Carlo Series[edit]

These are powerboats described as "luxury motor cruisers" by Beneteau. Current Monte Carlo models offered by Beneteau include:[32]

  • Monte Carlo 4
  • Monte Carlo 5
  • Monte Carlo 5S
  • Monte Carlo 6
  • Monte Carlo 6S

Grand Turismo Series[edit]

These are powerboats described as "sport cruisers" by Beneteau. Current Grand Turismo models offered by the company include:[33]

  • Grand Turismo 35
  • Grand Turismo 40
  • Grand Turismo 46
  • Grand Turismo 49
  • Grand Turismo 49 Fly
  • Grand Turismo 50
  • Grand Turismo 50 Sportfly

Outboard motorboats[edit]

These are outboard powered motorboats in three different models: Antares cabincruisers, Barracuda seafishing boats and Flyer consoleboats.

Notable Boats or Models[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Beneteau Swift Trawler 42". Yachting Magazine. Retrieved 2017-11-18. 
  2. ^ Le Spectacle du monde. Spectacle du monde. 2003. 
  3. ^ Gilbert Tarrab; Jacques Salzer (1987). Voix de femmes: le pouvoir féminin en France. Québec/Amérique. ISBN 978-2-89037-365-5. 
  4. ^ Le nouvel ECONOMISTE. 1996. 
  5. ^ Le Figaro magazine. Figaro. January 2007. 
  6. ^ BusinessWeek. McGraw-Hill. 1987. 
  7. ^ jimbimbo@florencenews.com, JESSICA IMBIMBO Morning News. "Groupe Beneteau celebrates 30 years of boat building in Marion". SCNow. Retrieved 2017-11-18. 
  8. ^ "Sailboats built by Beneteau by year on Sailboatdata.com". sailboatdata.com. Retrieved 2017-11-18. 
  9. ^ "Sailboats and luxury yachts - Sailing Yacht Beneteau America". www.beneteau.com. Retrieved 2017-11-18. 
  10. ^ "Sailboats built by Beneteau by year on Sailboatdata.com". sailboatdata.com. Retrieved 2017-11-18. 
  11. ^ "Boat Review: Beneteau Sense 57". Sail Magazine. Retrieved 2017-11-18. 
  12. ^ "Sailboats built by Beneteau by year on Sailboatdata.com". sailboatdata.com. Retrieved 2017-11-18. 
  13. ^ "Sailboats built by Beneteau by year on Sailboatdata.com". sailboatdata.com. Retrieved 2017-11-18. 
  14. ^ "Sailboats and luxury yachts - Sailing Yacht Beneteau America". www.beneteau.com. Retrieved 2017-11-18. 
  15. ^ "Beneteau announces four new Oceanis models for this autumn - YBW". YBW. 2017-09-19. Retrieved 2017-11-24. 
  16. ^ "OCEANIS 31 (BENETEAU) sailboat specifications and details on sailboatdata.com". sailboatdata.com. Retrieved 2017-11-24. 
  17. ^ "OCEANIS 35 (BENETEAU) sailboat specifications and details on sailboatdata.com". sailboatdata.com. Retrieved 2017-11-24. 
  18. ^ "OCEANIS 37 (BENETEAU) sailboat specifications and details on sailboatdata.com". sailboatdata.com. Retrieved 2017-11-24. 
  19. ^ "Sailboats Oceanis 38.1 - Sailing Yacht Benetau USA". www.beneteau.com. Retrieved 2017-11-24. 
  20. ^ "Beneteau Oceanis 41.1". Retrieved 2017-11-24. 
  21. ^ "OCEANIS 45 (BENETEAU) sailboat specifications and details on sailboatdata.com". sailboatdata.com. Retrieved 2017-11-24. 
  22. ^ "OCEANIS 48 (BENETEAU) sailboat specifications and details on sailboatdata.com". sailboatdata.com. Retrieved 2017-11-24. 
  23. ^ "Sailboats Oceanis 51.1 - Sailing Yacht Beneteau". www.beneteau.com. Retrieved 2017-11-24. 
  24. ^ "Sailboats Oceanis 55.1 - Sailing Yacht Beneteau". www.beneteau.com. Retrieved 2017-11-24. 
  25. ^ "IDYLLE 8.80 (BENETEAU) sailboat specifications and details on sailboatdata.com". 
  26. ^ "IDYLLE 1050 (BENETEAU) sailboat specifications and details on sailboatdata.com". 
  27. ^ "IDYLLE 1150 (BENETEAU) sailboat specifications and details on sailboatdata.com". 
  28. ^ "IDYLLE 1350 (BENETEAU) sailboat specifications and details on sailboatdata.com". 
  29. ^ "IDYLLE 1550 (BENETEAU) sailboat specifications and details on sailboatdata.com". 
  30. ^ "Beneteau Swift Trawler 42". Yachting Magazine. Retrieved 2017-11-18. 
  31. ^ "Luxury Motorboat - Powerboat Beneteau America". www.beneteau.com. Retrieved 2017-11-18. 
  32. ^ "Luxury Motorboat - Powerboat Beneteau America". www.beneteau.com. Retrieved 2017-11-18. 
  33. ^ "Luxury Motorboat - Powerboat Beneteau America". www.beneteau.com. Retrieved 2017-11-18. 

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