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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.


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:

Current World models:

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]

Current World models:

Prior models:

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:

Barracuda seafishing boats:

Flyer consoleboats:

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 showing her keels

See also[edit]


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

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