Beneteau

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A Beneteau 473 (47.3') at anchor

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

History[edit]

Shipwright Benjamin Bénéteau founded his company in 1884, at Croix-de-Vie, France to build sailing trawlers. In the mid sixties Benjamin's grandchildren Annette Bénéteau Roux and her brother André Bénéteau introduced a line of fiberglass boats. Madame Roux is still active in leadership.

Beneteau today[edit]

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; 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. This is considered to be an advanced marine factory; it is newer than most of its competitor's factories.

Note in the models below that the First Series is much faster than the Beneteau Series (lower PHRF means a faster boat), the latter series have similar performance ratings to similarly-sized Catalina models. Bénéteau vessels have won numerous prizes, among other European Yacht of the Year 2002, 2007 and 2009.

Beneteau models[edit]

NOTE: PHRF shown is for Northern California Base Rate full keel standard mast unless otherwise described

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.

Current US models:

  • Beneteau First 20
  • Beneteau First 25 S
  • Beneteau First 10R PHRF 78(LMPHRF) (32.75 ft)
  • Beneteau First 36.7 PHRF 81 (Southern California rating)
  • Beneteau First 40
  • Beneteau First 45
  • Beneteau First 50

Current World models:

  • Beneteau First 20
  • Beneteau First 25.7
  • Beneteau First 30
  • Beneteau First 35
  • Beneteau First 40 CR
  • Beneteau First 45
  • Beneteau First 50

Prior models:

Oceanis Series[edit]

These are cruising boats, though these boats are viable for Performance Handicapped Racing Fleet (PHRF) handicapped racing.

Current US models as of July 2014:[1]

  • Oceanis 31
  • Oceanis 35
  • Oceanis 38
  • Oceanis 37
  • Oceanis 41
  • Oceanis 45
  • Oceanis 48
  • Oceanis 55
  • Oceanis 60

Current World models:

  • Oceanis 31
  • Oceanis 34
  • Oceanis 37
  • Oceanis 40
  • Oceanis 43
  • Oceanis 46
  • Oceanis 50 (Called the Beneteau 49 in the US)
  • Oceanis 54
  • Beneteau 57
  • Oceanis 58 (released June 2009)

Prior models:

  • Beneteau Oceanis 281
  • Beneteau Oceanis 300
  • Beneteau Oceanis 311
  • Beneteau Oceanis 320
  • Beneteau Oceanis 321
  • Beneteau Oceanis 323
  • Beneteau Oceanis 331
  • Beneteau Oceanis 343
  • Beneteau Oceanis 350
  • Beneteau Oceanis 351
  • Beneteau Oceanis 361
  • Beneteau Oceanis 36CC
  • Beneteau Oceanis 370
  • Beneteau Oceanis 373
  • Beneteau Oceanis 381
  • Beneteau Oceanis 390
  • Beneteau Oceanis 393
  • Beneteau Oceanis 400
  • Beneteau Oceanis 40CC
  • Beneteau Oceanis 411
  • Beneteau Oceanis 423
  • Beneteau Oceanis 42CC
  • Beneteau Oceanis 430
  • Beneteau Oceanis 440
  • Beneteau Oceanis 44CC
  • Beneteau Oceanis 461
  • Beneteau Oceanis 473
  • Beneteau Oceanis 500
  • Beneteau Oceanis 510
  • Beneteau Oceanis 523
  • Beneteau 393 PHRF 150
  • Beneteau 423 PHRF 102
  • Beneteau 50 (Beneteau flagship series 523 in the US)
  • Beneteau 62

Beneteau Idylle Series[edit]

This series of cruising boats consist of 5 types designed by Andre Beneteau, Berret-Racoupeau and German Frers. They were build between 1982 and 1988 and mainly sold in France and the US.

Outboard motorboats[edit]

These are outboard powered motorboats in three different models:

Antares cabincruisers:

  • Beneteau Antares 580HB
  • Beneteau Antares 680HB
  • Beneteau Antares 780HB
  • Beneteau Antares 880HB

Barracuda seafishing boats:

  • Beneteau Barracuda 7
  • Beneteau Barracuda 9

Flyer consoleboats:

  • Beneteau Flyer 550 Open
  • Beneteau Flyer 650 Open
  • Beneteau Flyer 550 Sundeck
  • Beneteau Flyer 650 Sundeck
  • Beneteau Flyer 750 Sundeck
  • Beneteau Flyer 850 Sundeck
  • Beneteau Flyer 650 Cabrio
  • Beneteau Flyer 750 Cabrio

Lagoon models[edit]

Lagoon 380 Catamaran cockpit

Lagoon Catamarans are the world's best selling production catamarans.[2] All of the boats are sloop rigs with spacious cabins in each hull and living space on the bridge deck.

  • Lagoon 380, more than 500 boats
  • Lagoon 410, more than 280 boats
  • Lagoon 420, the first hybrid catamaran
  • Lagoon 440, 250 boats built in three years
  • Lagoon 500
  • Lagoon 570, 49 boats built
  • Lagoon 620
  • Lagoon 67
Lagoon 380 showing her keels

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Beneteau USA Oceanis series". Retrieved 2014-07-28. 
  2. ^ "Lagoon Catamarans - About". Retrieved 2008-12-05. 

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