Thursday, December 31, 2009

Make 2010 the Year of Action


Will You be on the dock watching the boats or on one in 2010? Photo Credit: M. Thoney


As we celebrate the start of a new decade and say goodbye to the first ten years of the 21st century, many of us have mixed emotions and feelings about what 2010 and beyond will bring to our lives. Will the economy recover? What will the market do? Will the planet warm excessively, as some believe, and what if any effect will that have on us?  Will the sky fall? Who knows? Maybe, maybe not...

While we all have concerns about some or all of these things, as well as other things that happen in our lives, the reality is that we have no control over the economy, the market, the climate, or many other things that we worry about needlessly. One reality that we can and should control is how we live our lives, and what we do with the precious time that we have to spend with our families and friends.  Do we want to spend that time commiserating and worrying about the ills of the world, or do we want to have a little fun?  When we’re 90 and rocking on the porch looking back at our lives, will the memories be of doom and gloom that MIGHT have happened, or will they be of the great times that we spent with family and friends doing things together that were fun and worth doing?


One of the Best views of our City (from the water) Photo Credit: L. Sandoval

We all have the desire to do things that bring joy and pleasure to life, but the difference between those who look back happily and those who look back and wish they had done more is that the former group took action and made the good times happen. How many times have you stood on the shore of Lake Michigan on a sunny day looking at the sailboats out there and wished you could be with them? How many boat shows have you attended where you fell in love with a beautiful new Beneteau, yet you put off the decision to make the purchase because the “time isn’t right”, or you “just aren’t sure”, or you “wanted to wait and see” what might happen in the next year? And all that really happened is that you lost another season of fun on the water, and you’re now a year older and still not sailing.  How many more times will you put off the decision that will fulfill your dreams and will make a positive change in your life?

Every year that passes puts us all a year closer to being that person who is rocking on the porch and looking back at what we’ve done with our lives.  What we will look back at will be what we do today.  Is this the year we start creating those wonderful memories, or will this be another year of standing on the shore and wishing?  Will we take the necessary action to make our dreams come true, or will we be staring off into space on our rockers, wondering what we missed?  I hope we all choose to go sailing!

See you on the water...Happy New Year!


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Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race:OVERALL RACE WINNER CONFIRMED


The "Two True" team celebrates their victory- Photo Credit: Rolex/Kurt Arrigo


OVERALL RACE WINNER CONFIRMED


December 31, 2009

Andy Saies' Two True survived a protest this afternoon to be confirmed as overall winner of the Tattersall's Cup, the major prize in the 2009 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race for the overall IRC handicap winner.

After a two-hour hearing, the International Jury dismissed the protest entered by the Inglis 39 She's the Culprit (Todd Leary), the Hobart yacht damaged in a crush of boats approaching the first rounding mark after the race start on Sydney Harbour.

Two True, one of the first new Farr-designed Beneteau First 40 stock production racer/cruiser to be imported into Australia, won IRC overall by 42 minutes from another new First 40, (Mike Welsh) after a close race-long duel in which they followed a similar strategy - stay well east of the rhumbline.

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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Rolex Sydney Hobart Race: HANDICAP WINNER STILL IN BALANCE


"Two True"- Beneteau First 40




"Wicked" Racing Downwind in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Race



HANDICAP WINNER STILL IN BALANCE



December 30, 2009


The smallest boat in the fleet, Zephyr Hamilton Elevators, was as of this evening, still well in the running to win the IRC overall handicap division of the 2009 Rolex Sydney Hobart Race.


Zephyr is a Sea Nymph 33 co-owned by James Connell and Alex Braddon from the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia. She won division E in the 2007 Rolex Sydney Hobart Race.


The Sea Nymph 33 design is extremely fast downwind and is well-suited to the strong northerly wind prevailing on the lower Tasmanian east coast, forecast to reach 20-30 knots by evening.


The final 40 nautical miles of the 628nm course, with the northerly forecast to blow at 15-25 knots with gusts to 30 knots, which will put Zephyr on the wind, and will certainly slow and may end her chances of winning the Tattersall's Cup for IRC overall handicap.


At 1550, Zephyr had 46 miles to go, and was doing 9.7 knots for an estimated finish at 2311, well inside the time she needed to take first place (0131 on Dec 31).


Second and third on corrected time standings were two of Beneteau's new First 40s, which have already finished: Two True (Andrew Saies) from the Cruising Yacht Club of South Australia and Wicked (Mike Welsh) from Sandringham Yacht Club.


The Farr-designed First 40 is a replacement for the successful Beneteau 40.7. A Beneteau 40.7, First National Real Estate skippered by Michael Spies, was the overall handicap winner of the 2003 Rolex Sydney Hobart Race.

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Photo Credits: Rolex/ Daniel Forster & Kurt Arrigo
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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

KYS 8th Annual Open House- Preliminary Schedule Available


It's Always a 'Full House' for the annual KYS Open House


SAVE THE DATE!

Saturday January 9, 2010

Karma Yacht Sales 8th Annual Open House

3635 S. Halsted St.

10:00 am until 2:00pm

*Preliminary Schedule of Events :


10:00- 11:00am "Everything you ever wanted to know about Sail Trim, but where afraid to ask"
11:00- 12:00am "Protecting the Value of your boat"

12:00- 1:00pm "Diesel Engine Basics"


1:00 - 2:00pm "Preparing your boat for USCG Safety Inspection"


(*Times may vary- Please check back the week prior to the Open House for exact times and schedule)

For More Information Visit :  Karma Yacht Sales 8th Annual Open House

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Boater's Continuing Education: Knots 101


Example of a Properly tied cleat hitch

Ask a group of five boaters what their top most confronting issues are about boating and the list might go something like this:

1. Docking your boat
2. Tying the proper knots
3. Equipment knowledge and maintenance

While the order might vary, you can be sure that the above three topics make the top five list for your average boater.  This is the first in a series of Boater's Continuing Education pieces that we hope will help you past some of the upcoming winter months (in front of the computer) productively and will serve as a resource to review and sharpen your boating 'know how'.

If there are topics you would like to see definitely provide your input by clicking here.  We will do some research for you and post a reply.  A little challenge to aid audience participation: 

If we use your recommendation in a future posting of 'Dock Talk' we'll send you a little boater's gift in the mail as a 'Thanks' for participating. Subscribe to Dock Talk with the link at the left or better yet, subscribe to our Newsletter for more information from Karma Yacht Sales on Continuing Boater's Education.

Boater's Continuing Education : Knots 101

Unless you spent time in the Navy, served in the Coast Guard were a Merchant Marine or perhaps started sailing at (say) five years of age- I'd bet that a knots would be on your list of things to avoid.

I was fortunate to have been a Boy Scout growing up, so Knot tying is as natural as (please indulge me) a 'walk in the woods'.  I fully understand that I'm an exeption to the rule for most boaters, so we'll try to cover off on some basics in hopes that you'll walk away with a bit more know how and have a resource you can turn to as a refresher.

Basic Terminology:

It's easy to call all knots- "knots", but for all the purists in the group, Knots can be broken down in to three basic groups based on their purpose:

1.  Hitches:  (e.g. Clove Hitch, two-half hitch etc.)  In general these 'knots' are used to fasten lines (i.e. rope or cordage) to an object such as a cleat or a post, ring etc..

2.  Bends:  (e.g. Sheet bend or carrick bend)  As a whole, these 'knots' are used to tie two lines together.

3. Knots:  (e.g. Bowline , square knot, figure-eight , stopper knot) As a generalization these 'knots' are used to tie the line upon itself.


Some 'basic' boater's knots:

1. Bowline knot:  (pronounced "boh-linn") is one of the most-used knots. It gets its name from the bowline, a rope that held the weather-leech of a square sail forward-closer to the wind- and stopped the sail from being taken 'aback' or turned inside out.  Today it used for a variety of jobs because it will not slip, loosen or jam.  To view a short video of a bowline being tied.




2. Cleat Hitch: Used to secure a dockline, spring line or mooring line to a cleat on a boat or to a dock.  To view a short video on how to properly tie a cleat hitch.




3. Figure-Eight Knot: Used widely on running rigging at the ends to prevent line from running through an opening or to hold the line fast. To view a short video on tying a figure-eight knot.



4. Square knot: An easily untied knot that can be used to tie two ends of knots together.  Used where there will be tension on the line.  To view a short video on tying a square-knot.



So there you go.  These are but a few knots to get you started. If you would like to learn more about knots, my personal recommendation is a book called 'The Handbook of Knots' by Maria Costantino.  It has clear illustrations on how tie different knots.




More on Knot tying:  US Sailing has some additional videos on their website of some common nautical knots.  US Sailing Knot Videos





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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

FIRST 40 WINS SAILING WORLD BOAT OF THE YEAR AWARD-"Best Crossover"


The Farr Designed First 40

Beneteau USA, Inc.
1313 West Highway 76
Marion, SC 29571
Phone (843) 629-5300
Fax (843) 629-5309


PRESS RELEASE


Contact: Erika Gay
Phone: (843) 629-5300


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 4 P.M. EDT, December 22, 2009


FIRST 40 WINS BOAT OF THE YEAR AWARD

MARION, SC, DECEMBER 22, 2009: The First 40 was awarded Boat of the Year
by Sailing World Magazine for Best Crossover. Sailing World Magazine announced the best in boatbuilding for 2010 with its 26th annual Boat of the Year Awards. The results will be featured in Sailing World’s January 2010 issue.


An independent panel of experts inspected and tested the 14 nominated boats
during the U.S. Sailboat Show in Annapolis earlier this year. Decisions were based on extensive inspections and sea trials of the boats. Taking home the honor for the Best Crossover was the Beneteau First 40.


For the complete story visit http://www.sailingworld.com/sailboats/boat-of-the-year/announcing-2010-boty-winners--1000079557.html


For more information about the First 40 please visit http://www.beneteauusa.com/














Main Salon on the New First 40




Ample Cockpit with removeable lockers

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We've found "The Most Interesting Man in the World" ...aboard a Beneteau, of course.

The Dos Equis XX beer commercials that you have probably seen over the past year include a man known simply as "The most interesting man in the world".



The ladies find him to be irresistible, he is adept at just about anything, yet he remains quite cool, calculated, and mysterious.




He is also a Beneteau owner.


Although those preceding adjectives describe most, if not all male Beneteau owners :) , we found that our ranks also contain this most interesting man. A man who has chosen a Beneteau 473 as his primary residence in a southern California Harbor; it appears that he is truly living the dream. Below are two Dos Equis commercials that feature him; directly above is a print ad from the campaign.


For all of us Beneteau enthusiasts, now that we've got the most interesting man title wrapped up, let's go for the people who are having the most fun in the world title as our next conquest.





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The 65th Rolex Sydney Hobart Race Kicks off in Four Days


YENDIS bowman prepares the headsail for a raise in Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race

While many Americans are hitting the malls on December 26th looking for bargains, 100 competitors will be leaving Syndney harbour enroute to the start of the 65th Rolex Sydney Hobart Race.  

Beneteau will be well represented in the annual classic as eleven Beneteau's ranging in size from 37 feet to 50 feet will be racing as well.  Among these competitors will be three new First 40s.

Click on the 'boat name' for a bio on the competing Beneteau sailboats.

Boat Name      Sail No.          Origin           Type
Auch                A44                TAS            Beneteau First 44.7


Balance            7771               NSW          Beneteau First 45


Chancellor        7407               NSW         Beneteau First 40.7


Holy Cow!       6797               NSW         Beneteau Oceanis 50


Imagination       35                  NSW         First 47.7


Kioni                6146              NSW         Beneteau First 47.7


Livewire.org.au 6773              NSW         Oceanis 37


Paca                 6812              NSW         Beneteau First 40


Pelagic Magic   11407            NSW       Beneteau First 40.7


Two True         YC400          SA              First 40


Wicked            SM4             VIC             First 40

 
To learn more about the Race visit: http://www.rolexsydneyhobart.com/


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Friday, December 18, 2009

Strictly Sail Chicago- January 28-31- Seminar Schedule Now Available

Visit the Strictly Sail Chicago Website!!

Strictly Sail represents a unique opportunity to see the latest boats and sailing gear availble.  However, it is not just about the merchandise.  Strictly Sail represents a great opportunity to further your sailing knowledge through the various Seminars.  This year's Strictly Sail Chicago Show will be held at Chicago's Navy Pier January 28-31st

The 2010 Seminar Schedule is now posted on the Strictly Sail Chicago site.  Visit the site to see the full listing of seminars being offered.  After all, we live in Chicago- most relish the opportunity to spend a few days in the warm indoors talking Sailing and thinking warm thoughts of the Summer Days to come.

For more info Visit Strictly Sail-Chicago.


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Thursday, December 17, 2009

Chicago Marine Community Gets One Step Closer to Two New Harbors




Proposed 31st Street Harbor



Proposed Gateway Harbor

Two innovative proposals for new harbors were presented to the Chicago Plan Commission this afternoon and approved.  The proposals reached the first hurdle of many on their way to becoming actual harbors.  

The first  Harbor- Gateway harbor will be located at 600 E. Grand Avenue and 703-715 East North Water Street (site formerly known as Dime pier just south of Navy Pier).  The application proposed to build a new 2,000 foot long pier with approximately 240 new boat slips and approximately 11,500 square feet of retail and restaurant space.  The proposed use of the slips would be for transient dockage.

The second harbor is to be located at 3035-3433 South Lake Shore Drive just south of the existing 31st street beach house.  The 'marina facility' would house approximately 850 boat slips (30' to 85'), 335 below grade parking spaces in a green roof covered parking garage, 2 acres of new green space and approximately 15,00 square feet of retail, restaurant and community space.

Both harbor projects are a welcome addition to the Chicago boating community as the last new harbor to be built here was DuSable harbor which opened at the start of this decade.  The most exciting part is that the 31st street marina facility will house a community sailing program exposing our community on the South side to Chicago's best asset (in our biased opinion) Lake Michigan.

Stay tuned...

For more information visit -Chicago Park District and PBC Projects

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ISAF Sailor Classification Code Updated With Group 2 To Be Eliminated


Following on from decisions taken at the ISAF Annual Conference, the ISAF Sailor Classification Code is changing and starting from 1 April 2010, the category of Group 2 sailors will be eliminated.

The ISAF Sailor Classification Code is a service provided by ISAF, giving events and classes a cost-free, international system for classification of sailors. It is incorporated in ISAF Regulation 22. Following a lengthy consultation process with sailors, classes and events which use the Code, the ISAF Sailor Classification Commission proposed the removal of the Group 2 category of classification with an implementation date of 1 April 2010. The ISAF Council approved this proposal at the ISAF Annual Conference in November.

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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

"Beneteau Bash" SAILING Magazine Hightlights 2009 36.7 NAC



Cool August weather meant great wind for the 28 boats competing on Lake St. Clair for the Beneteau First 36.7 North American Championship in Detroit, hosted by the Bayview Yacht Club.

While winds on the first day of the event were typically light, a cold front's arrival on Friday brought stiffer conditions to the fleet for the remainder of the event. 

For Full Story click on Jpeg picture of article.


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Monday, December 14, 2009

Beneteau USA Advertising Campaign Highlights #1 Industry Position




Few (if any) Marine manufacturers can highlight being at the top of the ranking list in the competitive and tumultous year that the world has faced.  While 2009 has been a year that has seen more manufacturers cut back and close shop in an effort stay afloat, Beneteau's increased market share has come at the expense of others.  Bolstered by innovation and aggressive deals to attract buyers- Beneteau has taken the number one position in sailboat sales- again. 

Beneteau USA, the United States division of Groupe Beneteau , has launched their latest advertising campaign highlighting their leadership position in the Sailboat market.

"Thousands of Reasons, backed by millions of ocean miles... Only one name leads sailing in America, year after year."

The campaign speaks to the legacy of the over 120 year old maker of boats, the millions of miles that Beneteau owners have logged in North America, Ocean passages and around the world.

Be on the lookout for the full page ad in your favorite sailing publications.

For More Information on Beneteau on Lake Michigan Contact Karma Yacht Sales

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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

"Pick Your Pack" Pre-Show Promotion Starts on Black Friday!



Black Friday would be incomplete without a boat sale!


So Karma Yacht Sales has put together several comprehensive incentive packages that give you reasons to order a boat BEFORE the boat show. These packages are designed to give new boat buyers a choice of things like electronics, dodgers and biminis, or even cash at closing - up to $15,000!!

To Read more about the Pick Your Pack Promotion...
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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Renewed Emphasis on the Big Boat Shows



Beneteau’s new manufacturing efficiency will help achieve the intended effect of helping their dealers keep their overhead costs down. This will also benefit Beneteau by reducing the amount of boats that are built without an owner, but it will also benefit the customer because lower dealer overhead means lower prices on the boats we sell .
The changes in buying patterns by customers has led to all sailboat (and powerboat) dealers stocking far fewer boats and models than they have in the past. Drive by any new automobile dealer today and you tend to see a lot more vacant pavement, much more than ever before. The auto dealers were forced to adapt to survive under the new banking and credit realities, and the boating industry has been forced to adopt a similar strategy.
While the economy has obviously necessitated that the mode of business had to change, smart manufacturers and dealers also realized that there was very little benefit to carrying too much inventory. It costs a significant amount of capital to stock eight or nine boats at one time. In most cases, these were boats that a dealer owned and, as such, there was interest that had to be paid until these boats were sold. That no longer remains a viable position for any dealer to be in, and no one- buyer, dealer, or builder benefits from having too many boats sitting at the factory or at a dealership.

While the perception may be that a better price can be negotiated if there are more boats, or that one needs to see, touch, and feel every model, it is no longer possible for either the manufacturer or the dealer to survive in that mode of operation. The internet has made it much easier to shop larger models that dealers may not stock. In fact, you can access any of Beneteau’s models with a few clicks of a mouse, giving you a wealth of information, pictures, and virtual tours of all their boats.
Boat Shows: Quality, Not Quantity

We are already seeing a re-emphasis on the big, regional and national boat shows. Shows like Strictly Sail Chicago (January), Strictly Sail Fort Lauderdale (February), Strictly Sail Pacific (April), and the Annapolis Sailboat Show (October) are once again becoming the few places where sailing enthusiasts will be able to see and compare the majority of the new sailboat models available. Manufacturers throughout the industry have fewer dollars to allocate towards boat shows and they are picking and choosing more carefully which shows to attend. The smaller, local In-Water summer/fall shows are going to see that it is getting harder for these same builders - and the dealers - to justify the expense of these shows. Shows are expensive for dealers, as they always require dealers to have boats in stock at a time of year when the dealer is hoping to have sold all the current models and is planning their fall/winter stocking needs. Then, the dealer needs to arrange for transportation to get the boats to the venue, and hotels for their staffs, and many other expenses that all go along with the production of the show.
Following are some interesting excerpts from a recent article covering this topic. The comments were made by the president of the National Marine Manufacturer’s Association (who control and put on many of the largest shows in the USA, including all of the Strictly Sail Shows):
“Today, there are simply too many boat shows”. That’s what NMMA president Thom Dammrich said at the National Marine Bankers Association annual conference. He noted that manufacturers are looking for new business models, among them “cutting back boat shows from the 300 that now take place throughout the USA every year to perhaps 30,” he said. “They are expensive and often don’t return to exhibitors a good return on investment. Ninety percent of boat shows need to go away,” he added. Maybe 30 isn’t the number - maybe it’s 60, or 90, but it clearly shouldn’t be the 300 we have now.

“It’s not unusual, for example, for a dealer to be in six or seven shows a year. That’s a very big expense for that dealer, and they struggle to get a good return on their investment (ROI) from participating in so many shows. When they can’t do it, they blame all shows. The fact is, dealers should do one or two shows a year-the dominant ones in the market”.

“What should be left is an industry stable of large shows in large, centralized boating centers. Every area dealer would display, and the attendees would travel to them because that is all there is. Moreover, in the scenario, it will be necessary for manufacturers to provide more resources — financial and product — to the dealers in these shows. Fewer shows will mean manufacturers will support them better, which will mean better shows. There is nothing inherently wrong with boat shows or their ability to provide ROI - except there are just too many”.

What we expect over the next few years is that the organizers for some of the smaller shows will combine shows, and others will probably decide to eliminate some shows altogether. But the positive effect will be that the bigger, well-attended shows will receive even more emphasis, and will remain as an important part of the process of researching and buying a boat. See you at the show. Strictly Sail Chicago is January 28-31, 2010.

Photos: 2009 United States Sailboat Show (October) - Full line of Beneteau models on display

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Factory Improvements: Thinking Ahead








The Marion, SC Beneteau plant undergoes its transformation


Beneteau USA is in the process of revamping its 250,000 square foot facility into the most modern big sailboat factory in America. The way boats used to be built has changed. Market demands have allowed Beneteau to reach the conclusion that to succeed in this new market, you have to be able to react faster. So the factory is being improved - from the original layout that included eight independent production lines - into a new, single line continuous flow production facility that will feature 20 operation positions. The end result of this new way of building will be a reduction in lead time for a boat that is ordered, less work in process during the manufacturing, and a greater flexibility in the model mix.

The Marion plant will be the only American sailboat plant able to build anything from 30 footers up to 50 footers, all in the same quick-flow process. While this may not seem like a big change to the majority, this is a big improvement for us because it will allow for a model to be built without having to wait for more orders of the same model to come in, which will not only speed up the process but will also prevent Beneteau from building too much/not enough of individual models and they will instead be able to react to the immediate and near-future demand.

Finally, it has been talked about but not really ‘announced’ by Beneteau, but they have also agreed to build two models for jeanneau (which the Beneteau Groupe has owned since 1996 after purchasing them out of bankruptcy) out of the USA plant in Marion, SC. While we were a bit surprised to hear this news, the new realities Beneteau faces in manufacturing makes this a smart move and actually will help the viability of the Beneteau brand while it will also keep the factory operating at a higher rate of efficiency. Beneteau models are still going to comprise 95% of the factory’s output, but the ability to keep the factory flowing and the skilled workers working is a smart, cost-effective move for Beneteau. It also makes sense for all of us: dealers, clients, and the Beneteau factory and their employees.



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Beneteau USA: Getting Greener, Getting Smarter

Beneteau USA displayed nine models at the Annapolis Sailboat Show in October. While all but one of these models have been in production for at least one year, the 2010 versions of these boats features some new ideas that should appeal to Beneteau fans. These items will help a new owner inject some personality into their new boat, and the response to these ideas has-so far-been very positive. Once again, Beneteau has enhanced the value of their offerings.

  • Lightly-colored gel coat hulls are now available on the Beneteau 40, 43, 46, and 50. These hull colors are not the result of a paint job, as they were in the past, but are simply color pigments that are mixed into the gel coat before it is sprayed into the hull mold. The result is an attractive, softer color, but without the expense and repair issues often posed by paint. There are four different hull color choices, and nine striping color choices to choose from.
  • The interior gains another added dimension with the introduction of bed spreads, cabin and salon pillows, as these are now available as a Beneteau option.Three different color/pattern schemes are available.
  • LED lights will become standard on all boats in 2010.The interior lighting, which has been mainly halogen lighting for many years, will be replaced with LED lighting with a warm glow to them.LED lights burn cool (as opposed to hot halogen lights);LED lights also use less than 25% of the power necessary for halogen lights, and LED lights can last up to ten times the lifetime of halogen or regular bulb lighting.This will also positively affect the battery draw from the boats on-board power system, as the LED lighting will greatly reduce the consumption from the batteries.


  • Another significant change is the addition of some popular options that are now included as standard features-at a fraction of their original cost. For some time now, dealers have ordered certain options on nearly every boat-options that the majority of our customers were seemingly always selecting when buying or ordering a new boat. Beneteau’s production capabilities allow them to include many of these options for a cost that is much less than they were individually. The result is more value at less cost.

Something else Beneteau has done recently is to add equipment to their factory. In spring, 2009, a new CNC machinery-driven wood-cutting machine was added to the factory floor. This machine has amazing precision, and it is capable of cutting perfect wood parts for many Beneteau models-new and old. Until now, Beneteau’s only wood factory was located in St. Hillare de Rez, France, and has produced all the wood for every Beneteau. Having a machine here in the USA will help keep costs down, cut down on parts-order delays, and it will eventually allow for faster production of new boats at the US factory in Marion, SC. And the resulting parts will have a greatly-reduced carbon footprint.



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Friday, November 20, 2009

Buying a Sailboat in the FALL?

With the changing of the leaves comes the plan for next season's sailing



OK, it’s getting cold, snow and the holidays are on the way, sailing season is an eternity away, and the water is going to be hard soon. Time to curl up in front of the fireplace and watch the Bears in the Super Bowl - wait - that was long ago, wasn’t it? Anyway, it’s winter in Chicago, and sailing is out of sight and mind for now (as is an appearance by the Bears in the Super Bowl this year).

So who in their right mind wants to think about buying a new boat in November or December? Anyone who is seriously looking for a great deal on a new Beneteau and wants to ensure that they will have a new boat in time for spring is who. This is an ideal time to be picking colors and options for your new Beneteau, and is so for several reasons.

It is no secret that the boat business has been a bit slower than normal this year because of that little bump in the economy. Because of decreased demand for new boats, manufacturers have adjusted production schedules to keep inventory levels manageable and to keep fresh product in the marketplace, which is a good thing for consumers. The other side of that coin which comes into play for 2010 new boat buyers is that availability could become an issue. If the decision to buy is put off until next spring, you might find yourself waiting till after the sailing season is off and running. Fewer boats coming out of the Beneteau factory in Marion, SC means that there is a need to plan more in advance if you are planning to take delivery of a new Beneteau next spring. While it used to be common to order a new boat before March and have it delivered by May, that may not work this year. Depending on the model, an early order will give you peace of mind throughout the winter with the knowledge and assurance that your new Beneteau will be ready to sail when you are.

There are also financial considerations as well as timing issues that make buying now a wise decision. In years past Beneteau offered substantial incentives to buy at boat shows. Their boat show specials usually consisted of electronics packages that were included at no charge if a boat was purchased during a boat show. These packages were worth several thousand dollars and made it very worthwhile to order a boat at the boat shows. This year, however, Beneteau has made the decision that the boat show specials will not be offered.




So Karma Yacht Sales has put together several comprehensive incentive packages that give you reasons to order a boat BEFORE the boat show. These packages are designed to give new boat buyers a choice of things like electronics, dodgers and biminis, or even cash at closing - up to $15,000!!


To learn more about the "Karma Yacht Sales Pick Your Pack~ Pre-Show Promotion" and how you can take advantage of this limited time offer, go to our web site - Pick Your Pack
 or call us at 773-254-0200 for details


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