Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Picture of the Week: October 19, 2009

BIG Red Chute!

This week's Picture of the Week is "Nikata" a Swan 82S (2005) competing in the Rolex Middle Sea Race- Valletta, Malta. Her well trimmed spinnaker looks like a child's balloon. Photo Credit Rolex:Kurt Arrigo

SAIL Magazine: Best Boats 2010 Nominee- First 40

SAIL Magazine

October 2009- The latest in Beneteau’s ever-popular First series of racer-cruisers wears its pedigree in plain sight; the same sleek profile as the earlier, large Farr-designed Firsts, the 50 and 45, the same powerful rig and deep torpedo-bulbed keel, the same family-friendly interior that keeps the good times coming even when the racing’s over. Read More.

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Monday, October 19, 2009


For Immediate Release October 19, 2009
Contact: Dan Kimball
Beneteau USA, INC. 843-629-5300


Marion, SC, October 19, 2009: With a huge investment in a new CNC machinery driven woodshop and a complete overhaul of its production areas, Beneteau USA Inc. is in the process of revamping its 250,000 square foot facility into the most modern big sailboat factory in America. Contractors, advisors from parent company Groupe Beneteau, and South Carolinian team members are scurrying to change the 25 year old factory from the past style of eight independent production lines into a new, single line, continuous flow production facility comprising 20 operation positions. The outcome of this new way of building will allow shortened lead times, less work in process and greater flexibility in 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

“This is an amazing feat for our team, as it truly was an internal initiative that came from the leadership of our Vice President of Manufacturing, Gerard Martineau, working with the full spectrum of production from managers to those on the floor. They have developed a system that is unique in our end of the industry and will eliminate wasted time while improving quality and flexibility,” said Wayne Burdick, President of Beneteau USA. “When the plant reconfiguration work is complete and we are able to turn on the new, lean, mean, production machine, no one else in the US will be able to make cruising sailboats with as much efficiency and flexibility of product mix. This should give Beneteau a strategic advantage to quickly provide the best value in exactly the model our customer wishes to buy.”

“I am proud of all the work by our people in Marion to prepare for this mode of manufacturing. We all went to school together to learn about lean manufacturing, work flow and value stream mapping, and the result proves that this great team of boat builders is equal to any in the world when it comes to new ways of thinking and doing. Great work by this very motivated group will launch us into a new era of excellent quality at the best price and the quickest delivery, continuing Marion’s claim of being the largest producer of sailing yachts on this continent,” stated Mr. Martineau. “In the month of November current production will temporarily cease, so that the remains of the existing independent lines can be moved into the new continuous flow platforms which are already in place. I can’t wait to see the results when we start humming in early December!”

Beneteau USA, the American division of the world’s largest sailboat manufacturer, builds hundreds of 31 to 50 foot production sailboats in Marion, SC and imports sailing and power yachts up to 58 feet in length from its parent company in France.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Beneteau USA Reports Success at the 40th Annual United States Sailboat Show

For Immediate Release October 14, 2009
Contact: Erika Gay Marketing Manager,
Beneteau USA, INC. 843-629-5300


MARION, SC: Beneteau USA is pleased to report strong results from the United States Sailboat show that has just wrapped up in Annapolis, MD. From information gleaned through industry sources, more Beneteaus over 30 feet were sold than any other brand.

“The attending dealer sales teams, current Beneteau owners and future prospects were all positive and optimistic about things improving. The 2009 enhancements of our Marion, SC built boats, such as the new optional colored hulls and the standard Corian on the bigger boats, was very well received. Our display was the best and largest of the show offering 9 models ranging from 31- 49 feet, including the North American premier of the Beneteau First 40,” said Wayne Burdick, president of Beneteau USA.

The NEW Beneteau First 40 by Farr Yacht Design was nominated at the show for Sailing World and Cruising World’s Boat of the Year competitions as well as SAIL magazine’s Best Boats for 2010. “Our fleet continues to offer the best value in elegance with a great deal of panache,” acclaimed Mr. Burdick.

“Over a dozen retail contracts have been written and an additional 12 or more deals are in negotiations at various dealerships, including a couple of orders on the new Oceanis 58, which was just launched last month at the Cannes boat show. If these come to fruition, it certainly will add up to a show substantially better than last year, confirming the upward trend has begun. A couple of weeks will be needed to have the orders finalized, but until then my overall read is that it was a very good show, and it may be the harbinger of the robust recovery we all await.

“ Beneteau USA, the American division of the world’s largest sailboat manufacturer, builds hundreds of 31-49 foot production sailboats in Marion, SC and imports sailing and power yachts up to 58 feet in length from its parent company in France.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Beneteau claims a successful first day at the U.S Sailboat Show

October 8, 2009

Annapolis, MD - Day one of the U.S Sailboat show closed this evening in the traditional Beneteau owner's reception. The crowd of over 300 supporters were treated to a video presentation of the new Beneteau 58.

The Beneteau staff and fans had much to celebrate as Beneteau posted impressive first day sale results. It complimented the busy display that met visitors to dock F2. A sign that the sailboat buyers have embraced the innovations of the number one brand in the sailboat market.

Beneteau is encouraged by the impressive first day sales results and expects more of the same the rest of the weekend.

The show runs from October 8- 12 at the Annapolis city docks. Stop by and visit the display on dock F2 and ask for Karma Yacht Sales.

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40th US Sailboat Show Opens to Waiting Crowds

October 8, 2009

Annapolis, MD- The first day of the 40th US Sailboat Show welcomed eager crowds as lines formed well before the ten o'clock opening. Thursday is traditionally the day reserved for press, trade and VIP. If the crowds today are any indication of what the weekend will bring- it could be a sign that sailors are feeling the economic thaw.

The largest display at the show is claimed by Beneteau with nine models at their dock. As the number one brand worldwide- you wouldn't expect any less. Beneteau is especially proud of some of the energy efficiency features they are premiering on the 2010 models. LED lighting is standard for running lights, cabin lights and coming soon a new two stage compressor on refridgeration units that save on power consumption. A clear example of how Beneteau leads the market in innovation.

If you're in Annapolis for the show stop by dock F2 and see the new 2010 models ask for Karma Yacht Sales when you arrive.

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Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Pre-Show Prep at the United States Boat Show

October 7, 2009 Annapolis, MD. The team at Annapolis Yacht Sales and Beneteau USA are putting finishing touches on the nine (9) boat display for the 40th anniversary of the U.S. Boat show. Sunny skies and comfortable weather (70 degrees) counterbalance the gusty (18 kt) winds. What would a sailboat show be without wind afterall?

The NEW First 40 is making her North American debut amid a lot of fanfare. Having stepped aboard her for the first time today, all we can say is WOW! Stay tuned for more news and photos later today.

The Beneteau display is the Largest at the show. It is what you would expect from the number 1 manufacturer of boats Worldwide (despite disputeable extrapolations from other brands).

While there is still a bit of work to do before VIP day kicks off tommorrow, one thing is for certain- Beneteau's quality, innovation and value are clearly on display here! Come on down and experience it for yourself. Better yet- share in this by owning one.


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