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.