Monday, December 20, 2010

It's that time of year again! Boat Show Time. Strictly Sail Chicago 1/27-30

It's Boat show time!

We very much look forward to seeing all of our Beneteau Customers and Friend (and meeting new ones) at the upcoming Strictly Sail Boat Show happening January 27-30 at Navy Pier.

Your Lake Michigan Beneteau Dealer, Karma Yacht Sales will be the hosting dealer for the Benteau display (booth 220) at the 2011 show.  We will have the NEW First 30, Beneteau 37, 40 and 50 on display.

Stop in to visit us.

For Seminar Schedules and other info visit Strictly Sail.

For More Information Ask Karma Yacht Sales by email  or call 1-877-KARMA-Y-S (527-6297)

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Beneteau Holidays Specials

Beneteau Holidays Specials

Dear Beneteau Enthusiasts,

Huge incentives to buy the Beneteau you’ve been dreaming about, just in time for the Holidays!

Sweet Notes of Savings and the Return of the Oceanis Name

In an unprecedented offer, participating Beneteau USA Dealers are able to provide Sweet Savings on a limited number of brand new Beneteau Oceanis 31’s, 34's and 37’s. On only 15 each of these beautiful American made Floating Dreams, which must be ordered by February 1st, 2011; there is "the deal of a lifetime". For those that act quickly; you could save from $15,246 to $21,126 on a new Beneteau Oceanis 31, 34 or 37. Go to or contact your local dealer and see more information on this first, and perhaps last time ever exceptional offer on the most popular 31, 34 and 37 built in Marion, SC; models which now will be referred to as “Oceanis” worldwide.


Beneteau Oceanis 40 & 43 Milestone Merriment

In celebration of the anticipated worldwide production of over 1000 Beneteau Oceanis 40 & 43's, participating Beneteau USA dealers now have HUGE incentives to help them reach this lofty sales target in the current model year. If these "Boat of the Year" 40 footers have been tempting you, then contact your local dealer (or locate them at ) to find out all the details on this Milestone Merriment offer with $23,308 or $26,028 off list.


A Few First 36.7's Will Be Wrapped

Our most prolific performance cruiser/one design has known mega success in ocean sailing and club racing from Bermuda to Mackinac. There are only three "Good Deal" factory stock hulls of the First 36.7 ready to be shipped from the Beneteau USA factory in Marion, SC. These are offered on a first come basis through our dealer network at a fantastic price. If saving about $31,000 dollars to have a brand new First 36.7 at $119,900 FOB factory with spinnaker gear, base electronics and standard equipment is something you would want to have wrapped for you, contact your local dealer before the snow flies- remember there are only 3 hulls offered at this bargain!


A Great 4.75% Rate for Beneteaus!

The recent launch of retail boat financing by SGB Finance North America, Inc, a partnership by Beneteau and CGI, has proved to be remarkably successful for providing very attractive terms. And now, SGB has decided to offer to Beneteau New Boat Purchasers or Existing Beneteau Owners exceptional interest rates. With funding sourced directly through one of the largest banks in the world, SGB is able to offer, on a limited basis to qualified purchasers*, for new Beneteaus or refinancing of existing Beneteaus a stellar rate as low as 4.75% APR fixed for 20 years with a 20% down payment. There are certain stipulations and qualifications required by SGB to take advantage of this offer; and your application must be submitted by December 31st 2010.

If you would like to take advantage of this exceptional offer go online at  to download an application form. Fax all of your information to Mr. Dale Bunce at the SGB Finance North America office in Baltimore, MD at (443) 278-8701 by 5 PM EST on 31 December 2010.

*Credit decisions are made exclusively by SGB Finance North America, Inc. All loans are subject to lender approval. Applicants may qualify for a higher rate based upon the results of risk analysis, size of loan, length of interest rate lock, and any special features requested in the loan. Minimum 700 credit score to qualify. Certain state and federal restrictions may also apply.

Wishing you many reasons to celebrate.
Sincerely Yours,
Mike Lecholop
VP of Sales Beneteau USA Inc.

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Saturday, December 11, 2010

So What is this thing called 'The Mac' ?

The Arrival from Fig Media on Vimeo.

To truly understand what the 'MAC' is all about you have to experience it.  It is truly one of those 'bucket list' type of activities.  'The Arrival'  produced by Fig Media with support from Veuve Cliquot the presenting sponsor of the Race to Mackinac provides the next best thing to being there.  A diverse perspective on the annual race as told by a few of the many organizers and competitors who particpate each year.

The Race to Mackinac was born out of gentleman's wager between some boat owners who were members of Chicago Yacht Club.  A cruising adventure from Chicago to Mackinac Island, the race has evolved into an annual event that attracts thousands of sailors to Chicago to compete each July.

The "MAC" as it is affectionately referred to, gets in your blood- calling you back year after year.  No two races are ever the same- each one is its own adventure.  The stories that develop on the race are told from year to year and the traditions that develop are shared from sailor to sailor.

We welcome you to watch this short video and find out what it is all about.   To find out more about the Race to Mackinac or perhaps inquire about doing the race next year, visit .


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Thursday, December 9, 2010

FIRST 30 and SENSE 50 Win CRUISING WORLD Magazine Boat of the Year

Beneteau is proud to announce that two nominations for CRUISING WORLD MAGAZINE'S Boat of the Year  Contest were nominated.

In the "Best Small Cruiser- 30 Foot and Under" Category-  The Juan K designed Beneteau FIRST 30

"This was one of the best sailing boats the judged during the competition."

By Bill Springer

As they approached the First 30 to conduct their dockside evaluation during the boat show, the BOTY judges may have been just a little skeptical of this performance-oriented 30-footer’s cruisability. But that skepticism turned into appreciation as soon as they stepped below, and they were downright enamored with how the boat sailed. As a result, the Beneteau First 30 was named the Best Small Cruiser, 30 Feet and Under.

It’s not easy to include all the accommodation features that make for comfortable cruising—standing headroom, full-size head and galley, decent nav station, roomy saloon, and good-size sleeping cabins—in a 30-footer that’s also good-looking and whip fast under sail, but the First 30 does just that. The main saloon is bright and airy, and it’s also much more creature-comfort oriented than what you might find on older 30-foot performance cruisers. The cabins have ample bunks and adequate stowage. Nearly 6 feet of headroom in the saloon creates a good sense of space, while the light-colored varnished woodwork and clean lines are downright stylish.

Meanwhile, during the test sail, none of the judges wanted to give up the tiller because the boat was just so fun and responsive. The dual rudders provided superior control, even when the heel angle increased in the puffs, and the judges noted how this little thoroughbred sliced to windward at 6.5 knots in 12 knots of breeze.

The judges found the cockpit to be comfortable and the sail controls to be well planned and efficient. A tweak here and there was rewarded by another quarter of a knot, though it was just as tempting to contemplate the benefits of simply setting the sheets and then humming along for 20 or 30 miles on a coastal cruise.

Winning Details

•The use of space throughout the interior is excellent.
•The boat’s torpedo bulb keel, powerful sail plan, and dual rudders make the First both fast and forgiving.
•The boat significantly ups the ante regarding what’s currently available in the 30-foot-and-under range.

To Continue Reading the full write-up

In the " BEST Full Sized Cruiser 50-55 Feet" Category-   The Revolutionary SENSE 50.

Here's what the CW editors had to say:

"But when it came time to choose a winner, it was the Beneteau Sense 50 that turned circles around the competition—literally. It’s equipped with Groupe Beneteau’s Dock & Go system—a joystick controls both the bow thruster, the engine throttle, and the rotating saildrive unit—that may just revolutionize close-quarters maneuvering under power. That, along with an innovative cockpit and interior layout that’s unlike any other 50-foot monohull, made for a boat that was chock full of fresh ideas. More important, the judges found that the innovations they saw were way more than just gimmicks and it was named the Best Full-Size Cruiser, 50 to 55 Feet."


KYS Notes: The accolades continue for both of these boats.   The First 30 will make her Chicago Debut at the Strictly Sail Chicago show  January 27-30th at Navy Pier. 

The SENSE 50 will be seen around the Chicago Harbors this Spring as her new owners will be sailing her proudly.

For the full press release see below.

Cruising World Announces ’11 BOTY Winners

For Immediate Release

Middletown, R.I. — Cruising World magazine announced today the winners of its 18th annual Boat of the Year awards. Topping this year’s list of winners for the most anticipated awards in the sailboat industry were the Catalina 355 and the Discovery 50. The Catalina 355 won the Domestic Boat of the Year award, and the Discovery 50 was named Import Boat of the Year.

Four other boats also won awards from an independent panel of experts, who inspected and tested 19 nominated boats following the U.S. Sailboat Show in Annapolis, Md., earlier this year. Decisions were based on extensive dockside inspections and sea trials of the boats. All of the winners, along with the rest of the 2011 BOTY nominees and several other boats reviewed by the magazine’s editors, will be featured in the January issue of Cruising World.

In addition to claiming the Domestic Boat of the Year award, the Catalina 355 was also named Best Midsize Cruiser, 30 to 39 Feet. “The judges were impressed with the 355’s sailing performance, accommodations, and overall construction quality,” said Boat of the Year director and Cruising World senior editor Bill Springer. “This boat strikes a good balance between cruising comfort and sailing performance in a 35-foot package.”

The Discovery 50 cruising catamaran from England was named Import Boat of the Year as well as Best Catamaran. “The Discovery 50 is well suited to withstand the rigors of offshore passagemaking, and the judges thought it had the best owner’s cabin of all the boats they tested,” said Springer.

For more information on the winners and other nominees, visit Cruising World’s website (

Cruising World, based in Middletown, R.I., is published monthly by Bonnier Corp. As the largest sailing magazine in the world, Cruising World is considered the bible for bluewater sailors. The magazine seeks to nurture cruising sailors’ dreams with practical how-to information and stirring real-life adventure articles.

Bonnier Corp. ( is one of the largest consumer-publishing groups in America and is the leading media company serving passionate, highly engaged audiences, through 49 special-interest magazines and related multimedia projects and events. Bonnier Corp. is the U.S. division of the Bonnier Group (, a 200-year-old family-owned media group based in Sweden with business operations in 25 countries.


Best Midsize Cruiser, 30 to 39 Feet, and Domestic Boat of the Year

Catalina 355

Best Catamaran and Import Boat of the Year

Discovery 50

Best Small Cruiser, 30 Feet and Under

Beneteau First 30

Best Cruiser, 40 to 49 Feet

Dufour 45e

Best Full-Size Cruiser, 50 to 55 Feet

Beneteau Sense 50
Best Premium Cruiser Over 55 Feet

Hylas 56

Cruising Spirit Award

Presto 30

To see the original Story on Cruising World 

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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

You are Invited - Karma Yacht Sales- 9th Annual Open House 1/15/11

It's that time of year again...
You are invited to Join Us at our 9th annual Karma Yacht Sales Winter Open House

Spend part of your winter day talking sailing and enhancing your nautical knowledge.

Saturday January 15th, 2011

10am to 2pm

Karma Yacht Sales Main Office

Parking is available on the directly accross on the SW corner of Halsted/37th St in the Schaller's Pump lot.

We will have an assortment of guest speakers talking about basic boat maintenance, boat safety and a variety of boat related topics*

Join Us in  welcoming our special guest speaker

Nicholas Hayes , Author of the Book  "Saving Sailing"

There will be beverages, pastries and (of course)  boat show passes to Strictly Sail Chicago (Navy Pier January 27-30th)

*Check back for a confirmed list of speakers after the holidays.

RSVP Today with Karma Yacht Sales by email  or call 1-877-KARMA-Y-S (527-6297)

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Sense 43 set for North American Debut

On the tailwinds of the ultra popular SENSE 50, Beneteau will be hosting the worldwide premiere of the 'little sister' SENSE 43 at the Paris Boat show in a couple of weeks.   Attendees to the Strictly Sail Miami Show February 17-21, 2011 will be treated to the North American debut of the Sense 43.

For More information

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Making 'SENSE' of the New Beneteau SENSE 50

As our wonderful Chicago weather turns cold, we thought that we would share this great (read: warm) video of the new Sense 50 from Beneteau.  Just preparing you all so that you don't do a double-take when you see one sailing on our great lakefront in Spring of 2011.

Recently name 'Most Innovative Boat of the Year for 2011' by SAIL Magazine, see for yourself what the buzz is all about.


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Friday, November 19, 2010

Project 2015:A Vision for Sailing's Future in Chicago?

We ran accross this video and choose to share with everyone because it clearly speaks to what the community sailing approach can be like in our city by the big lake- Chicago.

Having both grown up in a neighborhood where sailing wasn't as common, we both came into the sport later in life.  Many our age from other areas of Chicago have grown up in sport.  This is something our children are the benficiaries of today.  Our exposure at different timepoints in our lives led to the possibility that the lifestyle of sailing has moved beyond a passion into a way of life and business for us.   It is our vision to change this dynamic so more children and adults can have access to the water.

We both share a common goal that this access to the water not be limited to those who own boats, but anyone who shares the curiousity and is willing to put forth the time to learn and explore.   In the end, sailing is just that - a journey- an adventure.  No to sailing trips are the same and each one teaches you something new.   We hope that someday soon - what we feel is our great city's best assett- Lake Michigan be accessible to all who choose to venture out.

So the skeptic might say that since we are in the sailing business we look to benefit from this financially, however our intentions are more basic than that- to impact a dynamic that we see developing in Chicago- using sailing as a platform to empower the youth of our city to dream, to set goals and accomplish them.  To have youth realize that they can do what ever they put their minds to.  Today it might be overcoming a fear of being on a boat- tommorrow it might be sailing competitively at a top university while completing a degree.  Nothing ventured- nothing gained right?

This video clearly depicts the center of activity that defines a community sailing center.  In Boston, one is able to walk up , transact and have access to the Charles River.  If Boston can do it on the Charles, why can't we do the same on Lake Michigan.

That is our vision- to share the lifestyle of sailing with as broad range of citizens of the City of Chicago and beyond.

It truly is our City's best unkept secret!

Enjoy the video

Lou Sandoval & Jack Buoscio
Co-Owners and Co-Founders
Karma Yacht Sales, LLC

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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Two Beneteaus Awarded Best Boats for SAIL Magazine

Two 2011 Beneteau Models were recently awarded the "BEST BOATS" title for 2011 by SAIL MAGAZINE.

The BEST BOAT for Performance 30ft+   went to the Juan K designed Beneteau FIRST 30

The Juan K designed FIRST 30

The BEST BOAT for Most Innovative System went to the SENSE 50 with it's revolutionary 'DOCK & GO' system that packed the docks at the recent Annapolis Boat Show.

Dockside at the SENSE 50 display

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Thursday, November 11, 2010

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Juan K Discusses Beneteau's New FIRST 30 with SAIL Magazine

Video Gallery: "Juan K's Beneteau First 30
After designing some of the world’s fastest raceboats including ABN Amro One and Ericsson 4, winners of the last two Volvo Ocean Races, Juan Kouyoumdjian recently penned his first production racer-cruiser, the Beneteau First 30. SAIL caught up with “Juan K” for a video interview of his thoughts on production boatbuilding, the similarities between the First 30 and a Volvo 70 ocean racer, and the future of yacht design."

To view the video interview click here Video Gallery:

KYS Co-Owners/Co-Founders Jack Buoscio and Lou Sandoval with Juan K.

Karma Yacht Sales will display the New Beneteau FIRST 30 at Strictly Sail Chicago - January 27- 30, 2011 at Navy Pier. To learn more about the FIRST 30 contact us or 1-877-KARMA-Y-S

Monday, November 8, 2010

Marine Surveyors Earn Their Fee

Not all serious problems are this obvious, which is why a surveyor is a must-have for used boat buying.

KYS Note: One of the many benefits of working with a YBAA broker is the professional handling of all aspects of your Boat purchase or sale process.  One of the components is identifying a Marine Surveyor to review and inspect your brokerage boat.   Enclosed is a good article that breaks down the necessity of Marine Surveyors. 

Marine Surveyors Earn Their Fee

Most of us would be able to spot obvious structural problems with a boat, but many issues are too subtle for anyone but a professional surveyor to catch.

November 8th 2010. By Chris Caswell.

It was an eye-opening experience because, as a long-time boat owner, I thought I knew a lot about boats. I was buying a used 25-foot fibreglass sportfisherman, and I’d already spent most of a day crawling around the bilges and poking into the corners, and I had given the boat a clean bill of health. But my insurance company had insisted on a marine survey, so I was following the surveyor as he examined the boat. A tiny crack in the gel coat at one corner of the cockpit led him, just like Sherlock Holmes in pursuit of a clue, to the main cabin bulkhead. I’d examined that same hull/bulkhead joint too, but the surveyor found another hairline crack that indicated the whole bulkhead had broken loose. In fact, all the bulkheads had “let go” from the hull to some extent, and they were so hard to spot that I’d missed them completely. In a few minutes, that surveyor had saved me more than 40 times his bill!

Even if you think you know everything about boats, you still need a marine survey. A survey assesses the structural condition of a used boat and will include electrics, plumbing, gas and other equipment, or if there is something the surveyor is concerned about, he will suggest a further inspection by a relevant expert (e.g. mast or engine). If you require a valuation you need to request it, as the surveyor won’t otherwise include it.

Although you can buy a used boat without a survey, you probably can’t arrange financing or insurance without one. So any idea of cutting costs by eliminating the survey is just going to make life difficult after you’ve bought the boat, especially if it won’t pass survey and you’ve already paid the buyer.

How to find a reputable surveyor

The first question faced by any prospective buyer is finding a reputable marine surveyor. Unfortunately, there is no licensing program for this profession, so anyone can have business cards printed up and call themselves an expert. Reputation is the key to finding a good surveyor, however, and you’ll need to do some sleuthing of your own to find one. Start with your finance company and ask them for a list of surveyors that they deal with. They’ll often have a list of “approved” surveyors from which you can pick. Call your insurance agent for his recommendations, and compare the two lists to see which surveyors are on both lists. From that point, you should call yacht brokers or boat dealers in your area and, if you know anyone who has recently purchased a used boat, ask about their experience or ask around a sailing club.


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Monday, October 25, 2010

2010 First 36.7 North American Championship- Annapolis, MD: Congratulations to Tried n True- Top Lake Michigan Boat!

Team 'TnT' Navigating the chilly breazes of the Chesapeake.  (Photo Credit: Dan Phelps)

Congratulations to Robert Foley and the Team  Tried and True for finishing Third in this past weekend's North American Championship for the First 36.7 fleet held in Chesapeake Bay.   'TnT' was one of two boats representing the Lake Michigan Fleet  at the NAC this past weekend.  Chris Duhon and team 'Tequila Mockingbird' finished in 5th Overall. 

The Overall Winner was team "First Today" Skippered by Gary Tisdale from the Youngstown YC in Lake Erie.  2nd Place was 'Grizzly' owned by Chuck Bayer of the Bayview YC.

The First 36.7 North American championship is an annual event that is organized in conjuction with the  Beneteau First 36.7 North American Class  and travels to different locations every year.   The 2011 First 36.7 North American Championship will be held in Toronto, CANADA next year.

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Monday, October 11, 2010


ANNAPOLIS, MD OCTOBER 11, 2010: While hundreds looked on under gorgeous Indian summer skies at the United States Sailboat Show, Beneteau demonstrated its revolutionary Dock & Go joystick maneuvering system aboard a brand new concept in live aboard sailing yachts, the SENSE 50 footer. Operating in just a 60’ by 60’ square, Garth Hichens’ team at Annapolis Yacht Sales has proven that with this new innovation a child can easily move a 50 foot sailboat side to side, quickly rotate it 360 degrees or slide it in any direction to make docking stress free. Every two hours as the Dock & Go demonstration concluded, the appreciative crowd erupted into applause at the wonder of this exclusive development from Groupe Beneteau. The Dock & Go is available on Beneteau 46 and 50 foot models equipped with 76 HP engines

The SENSE range, soon include a 42, has also garnered note as being a truly new concept in yacht design. Unique hull form mated with an amazing combination of on deck and interior livability have already cemented the launch of this series of boats which offer the feeling of living in the open, both in the cockpit and down below. “The public loves the SENSE. And we have already received several orders for it from the target clientele which was to bring new people into sailing. In fact one of the orders received at Annapolis is from a couple who have never owned a boat before! ”, exclaimed Mike Lecholop, Vice President of Sales. Lecholop revealed that with one day left to go, Beneteau USA is about 25% ahead on the value of contracts written last year at the Annapolis sailboat show.

In addition to multiple sales of the SENSE, Beneteau dealers have already enjoyed improved sales on the full range of yachts, whether built in Marion, SC or imported from France. “This is the best show in years. Not only has the weather brought out all the sailing public, but the buyers are here again. I worry that on some models, such as the new Oceanis 50, we may run out of available spring deliveries, if we don’t get the orders in soon. That’s actually a nice problem to have again.” remarked Glen Winter, owner of Winter’s Sailing Center in Riverside, NJ.

Beneteau also won two other accolades in the first days of the Annapolis show. Sail America awarded Beneteau the Best in Show trophy for the big boat display category for its unique “island” booth layout which allowed the Dock & Go and new models to be highlighted. Plus Wayne L. Burdick, President of Beneteau USA, received the SAIL magazine SAIL’S INDUSTRY LEADERSHIP AWARD for his decades of involvement in all aspects of sailing, from voluntary service in boating associations to leading the premier American sailboat builder.

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.


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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

DOCK & GO- It is a 'relationship saver"

A Humorous Take (with subtitles) of the drama that may ensue when pulling a boat into a slip.   Advantage Beneteau - Setting the trajectory for Sailboat design , function and performance.

Dock & Go will be available on Beneteau models very soon.  Call us to find out more

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Thursday, September 2, 2010

CRUISING WORLD: Beneteau First 35: Next Generation Racer/cruiser

Photo Courtesy of Beneteau Don't be fooled by the large wheel, open transom, and North 3DL sails. The First 35 is as able a cruiser as it is a racer.

Beneteau First 35: Next Generation Racer/Cruiser

This boat is as ready as any cruiser to deliver a comfortable cruise. A review from our August 2010 issue

Jul 28, 2010
By Bill Springer

The Beneteau First 35 evolved logically from its predecessor, the First 36.7, and as you might've guessed, it's cut from the same cloth as the First 40. All three boats are designed and built to provide superior performance, comfortable accommodations, and to be raced (either handicapped or as a one-design). Like the 40, the 35 is part of the next generation of Beneteau's performance-oriented First line, and I put it through its paces on a recent press trip in ideal test conditions: flat water and 14 knots of breeze.

When I took the helm, the large wheel returned silky-smooth feedback, the seating was comfortable, visibility was excellent, and the boat tracked like a train. The boat carried speed through the tacks nicely and accelerated like a raceboat. Trimming the 108-percent blade jib was a snap. We tacked through 75 degrees and boat speed hovered in the 6.5- to 7-knot range. I wasn't really surprised by this kind of performance, since our test boat was equipped with the optional carbon-fiber mast (the standard rig is aluminum), North 3DL sails, and a deep bulb keel. The cool thing I found during our test sail was that the boat strikes the delicate balance of providing much-better-than-your-average-cruising-boat performance without being as twitchy as a full-bore raceboat.

Then we set the symmetric spinnaker. Yes, it's a raceboat sail, and it took a bit more coordination and line pulling to get flying than if we'd simply tacked a cruising spinnaker in a sock onto the bow, but it wasn't that hard to set, and we took off like a rocket. Our wake sizzled from the stern as we headed for home on a broad reach. Boat speed jumped to the 8-knot range, and the helm was just as responsive as it was on the upwind legs. My only complaint was that the mouth of the harbor came up pretty quick. I could've happily cruised for a couple of more hours or, better yet, a whole weekend before returning to the marina.

We carried the sails as long as we could before firing up the engine well inside the harbor. The easily driven hull motored at about 7 knots, and engine noise was noticeable without being intrusive. Maneuvering under power was predictable, and backing into our tight slip was easy.

It's appropriate that we went sailing before I had a chance to check out the accommodations. It was by no means spartan down below, but the fact is, there's only so much interior volume to play with in a 35-foot, performance-oriented hull. That said, it has all the elements—forward-facing nav station, small galley and head, good-size saloon, and two private cabins—that you'll want on a coastal cruise.

The light-colored varnished woodwork is both warm and modern. Two large opening hatches and several opening ports provide good light and ventilation. The saloon seats are comfortable and long enough to be good sea berths. There's room for six around the settee table. It's also cleverly hinged so it can easily pivot up for dinner and down to be out of the way on race day. Both cabins have small hanging lockers, and like many boats in this size range, the berth in the forward cabin is a bit tight at the feet but has better headroom than the aft berth, which is bigger but situated under the cockpit.

The First 35 is a worthy addition to Beneteau's First range that has big sisters in the 50- and 45-foot size, as well. It's simultaneously forgiving and rewarding to sail, the interior is both stylish and functional, and it does what it's designed to do; it's well suited to both cruising and racing.

Bill Springer

To Read the Original Article in Cruising World



Beneteau first 35

LOA 35' 7" (10.85 m.)

LWL 35' 0" (10.67 m.)

Beam 12' 0" (3.66 m.)

Draft (deep/shoal) 7' 3"/5' 11" (2.21/1.80 m.)

Sail Area (100%) 670 sq. ft. ( 62.25 sq. m)

Ballast (dp./shoal) 3,682/4,431 lb. (1,670/2,010 kg.)

Displacement 12,125 lb. (5,500 kg.)

Ballast/D (deep) .37

D/L (std.) 126

SA/D (100%) 20.3

Water 53 gal. (201 l.)

Fuel 20 gal. (76 l.)

Holding 20 gal. (76 l.)

Mast Height 56' 7" (17.26 m.)

Engine 29-hp. Yanmar

Designer Farr Yacht Design

Beneteau USA

(843) 629-5300

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Beneteau First 36.7 is the perfect boat to help you stay fit and in shape.

SAIL Magazine recently featured articles (Fitness at Sea) on using your sailboat to stay fit.    The boat that was used: a First 36.7. Yet another reason to join the largest growing fleet on Lake Michigan.

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Picture of the Week: "Fish Eye View" First 45

Bombardino -First 45 in Rolex Middle Sea Race -Malta Photo Credit: Rolex/Kurt Arrigo

Here's looking at you!  Who says fish don't have their eye on sailboats when they glide through their watery homefronts.  Interesting vantage point of this First 45 taken from the water. 

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Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Beneteau USA Receives CSI Award: Only Sailboat Manufacturer in the World to Win the Award

For Immediate Release

September 1, 2010
Contact: Erika Gay
Marketing Manager, Beneteau USA, INC.



MARION, SC, SEPTEMBER 1, 2010: The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) announced yesterday that Beneteau USA was a recipient of the 2010 Marine Industry CSI Awards. This award marks the fourth consecutive year that Beneteau USA has secured this honor.

Award recipients will be acknowledged during the 2010 International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition and Conference (IBEX), taking place September 28th in Louisville, Ky.

The Marine Industry CSI Awards program honors participating manufacturers that actively measure customer satisfaction and pursue continuous improvement to better serve the customer. Award recipients achieved and maintained an independently-measured standard of excellence of 90 percent or higher in customer satisfaction over the past year, based on information provided by customers purchasing a new boat or engine during the period between April 1, 2009 and March 31, 2010. Participating manufacturers are required to survey all new boat buyers during this period.

“It’s important to be able to recognize boat and engine manufacturers that have maintained a focus on customer satisfaction as it’s the cornerstone of our industry’s future,” notes Terry Leitz, NMMA’s director of CSI programs. “CSI Award recipients make a commitment to improve the customer experience thereby reinforcing not only their own reputation for quality but for the industry as a whole.”

“Consistently surveying our customers to measure their satisfaction levels has been a strategic commitment of ours for years. The objective of participating in the NMMA program has always been to use this valuable information to drive ourselves towards ever higher levels of quality while exceeding the expectations of the owners of the beautiful floating dreams our Beneteau team in Marion creates.” said Wayne Burdick, President. "We are so proud to learn that Beneteau USA is the only sailboat manufacturer in the world to receive the NMMA 2010 Marine Industry CSI Award."

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

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Thursday, August 26, 2010

Join Us at the Lake Michigan Sailboat Show August 27-29th Waukegan, IL

We invite you to join us in Waukegan this weekend August 27 -29 for the 9th Annual Lake Michigan sailboat Show.   We will have the Beneteau 37, Beneteau 40 and the NEW Farr Designed First 40 on display.

Show Hours are   Thurs-Sat 10:00am to 6:00pm  Sunday 10:00am to 5:00pm

We will be at the Larsen Docks  625 N. Seahorse Drive Waukegan, IL (

We have great financing rates and very attractive end of season incentives on remaining 2010 models that will have you enjoying your own Beneteau as quickly as next week.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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Monday, August 23, 2010

Congratulations to ALL the Verve Cup Racers!

What do you get when you combine eight races over three days; varied wind & sea conditions with 149 boats?   The VERVE CUP of course!

This past weekend 29 Beneteau Owner's competed in the annual Chicago Yacht Club Verve Cup on Lake Michigan.  Beneteau- The number one Manufacturer of boats worldwide was well represented by the sixteen boat First 36.7 fleet, eleven boat First 40.7 fleet and two cruising boats that entered the distance race on Saturday.  The only other brand better represented than Beneteau was the 32 boat T-10 class (that is no longer in production).

The weekend weather ranged from light breeze/glassy water conditions to gusts of up to 20 kts and lumpy sea conditions.

In the end as the race results showed, the top First 36.7 spot went to Peter Wright's "Maggie Mae" and number one First 40.7 was Ron Buzil's 'Vayu'.

First 36.7 Section:

1. Peter Wright-                 Maggie Mae
2. Rober Foley-                  Tried & True
3. Wurtzebach/Bird-           FOG
4. Hogan/Heaton/Tsiang-  As You Wish

First 40.7 Section:

1. Ron Buzil                        Vayu
2. Robert Vickery              Collaboration 2
3. Jay Muller                      Das Boot

Congratulations to all the boats that raced and most of all to the top finishers!

To View photos of all the winners:

Find more photos like this on Verve Cup

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First 40 Debut Reception at Verve Cup 2010

First 40 Hull #44 dockside at Chicago Yacht Club

Karma Yacht Sales wishes to thank all the First Series and Beneteau 'Fans' who joined us at the Lake Michigan debut of the First 40 at the 2010 Verve Cup held this past weekend at Chicago Yacht Club.

On Thursday evening, the docks were full as the Lake Michigan sailing community got its FIRST look at the Farr designed First 40.   Attendees were able to tour the boat and see what the buzz is all about.   The NEW First 40 follows in the tradition of her predecessors the popular First 40.7 and the very successful First 36.7 both designs have very strong followings in the Lake Michigan fleets.   Interested sailors were able to view the First 40 all weekend long in Slip 1 at the club.   Attendees were most impressed with the quality and value that she packs compared to other entries in the size range.   "That's ALOT of boat for the money" exclaimed one guest.  "Fully equipped with sails she is $150,000 less than other brands in the 36.5 ft size!" commented another sailor.

From CYC she will head up to Waukegan for the Lake Michigan Sailboat Show August 27-29 so if you missed her visit us up north or set up an appointment to see her when she returns to Burnham harbor.

The First 40 has set a new trajectory of it's own in winning the Rolex Sydney Hobart in December 2009.  She has won accolades from the sailing press namely SAILING WORLD magazine when she was named 'Best Crossover' in their annual boat of the year reviews.

"First" Afficionados enjoyed cocktails and appetizers while viewing the First 40 during the debut reception

KYS Staff was on hand to answer questions and discuss availability of the new First 40

First Fans review the new First 40's attributes

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Team Chicago sets sail for China Cup 2010

Michael Kennedy's "Copernicus" (second from left) @ RBBS

The 2010 China Cup International Regatta is delighted to welcome a new challenger to the Beneteau First 40.7 OD Class — Team Chicago, representing the Chicago Yacht Club. This is the first-ever USA entry in the China Cup.

The sailing team is led by Michael Mayer, owner and driver of a J/105, Kashmir, and an active participant in the Rolex Big Boat Series, Key West Race Week, Chicago NOOD, the Centomiglia in Italy, and no less than 28 Chicago-Mackinac Races.

Mayer will be joined by Michael and Kathryn Kennedy, Michael Reed, and George Miz – all winners of Rolex Big Boat Series’ and Mackinac Races. 'Our Team is a combination of people who sail together on both our J/105 and the Kennedy’s Sydney 38. We won the Rolex Big Boat Series in San Francisco in the Sydney 38 Class, won Chicago Boat of the Year in the J/105 Class in 2009, and have raced in many other prestigious regattas such as Key West Race Week,' said Mayer.

The Chicago Yacht Club was founded in 1875, and runs over 125 races a year - including the Chicago-Mackinac Race (the longest fresh-water sailing race in the world), the Sailing World Chicago NOOD Regatta and the Chicago Yacht Club Verve Regattas.

Team Chicago’s probable crew list will also include:

Karl Brummel
Steve Henderson
Karen Gottwald (former President, Melges 24 Class)
Nick Schmidbauer
Rennie Worsfold
Bill Colombo (Doyle Sails)

by CCIR Media

Originally run in Sail-World

About the China Cup:

The 4th edition of China Cup International Regatta, under the auspices of Chinese Yachting Association and Executive Office of Organizing Committee for the Shenzhen 26th Summer Universiade (Representing the government of Shenzhen), will be held in the waters of Daya Bay, Shenzhen (Guangdong Province), P.R. China from October 29th to November 1st, 2010.

2010 China Cup has been listed in the ISAF calendar. A fleet of over 70 yachts with sailors from over 20 countries and regions are expected. One mission of China Cup International Regatta is to promote sailing in China and to enhance communication and exchange among Asian and international sailing communities. With the participation of racing teams sent by Japan Sailing Federation, Phuket King’s Cup Organizing Committee, Philippine Sailing Federation, Moscow Central Navy as well as sailing teams from other Asian and international countries will make 2010 China Cup more competitive.

We hereby sincerely invite you to send a team to race in the 2010 China Cup either brings your own boat or charter a Beneteau First40.7 from organizer of China Cup to compete in the one design class. NOR will be available soon at  .

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Qingdao might spell the Future of Sailing

KYS Commentary:  It is always interesting to see the approach that different countries take to promoting sports in their native lands.   The inherent support of the sport of sailing by the French Sailing Federation is always impressive where French youth are literally 'sailing before they can walk'.   The new force in Sailing seems to be shifting East as this article shows.  Recent moves by the Korean government to attract marine manufacturers as an economic development strategy and organically grow the sport of sailing are years ahead of our efforts here in the United States.  Cash heavy and quickly becoming the economic engine of the 21st century- China possesses the same potential. 

In the end, embracing a community sailing model and having municipal leadership that has an investment and understanding in seeing the sport grow- yields benefits for al interested in taking on the sport regardless of their economic resources.

Originally published in Sail-World

China has a very long sailing history. The Chinese explorer and trader Zheng Ho sailed to India and on to Africa between 1405 and 1433, but sailing as a sport has not on China’s radar for the first hundred years of the modern Olympic competition.

The International Olympic Committee began talking to the Chinese coastal city of Qingdao in 2001 and upon its confirmation in 2004 as the Beijing Olympic sailing venue, Qingdao embarked on a major redevelopment program of its waterfront shipyard area.

Half a billion US dollars later, Qingdao delivered, building a sailing precinct which is unequalled around the world. China's self styled 'Sailing City' grabbed the international sailing spotlight with the organization of the successful 2008 Olympic Sailing regatta.

It was of historic significance and when Chinese RS:X windsurfer Yin Jian won the first ever Olympic sailing medal for China, it fired the collective Chinese imagination. This medal could be the start of a flood of sailing medals in years to come.

As Kjell Borking, the Vice President of EUROSAF, the peak European sailing body commented today at the 2010 International Sailing Forum in Qingdao ‘’The explosion of sailing in Asia is both a joyous and a sad time for this European dominated sport.’

Borking predicts that European influence could wain rapidly as China and the other Asian countries have the potential to achieve as much progress fast tracking sailors into high performance programs over the next 20 years as Europe has done in the Olympic century.

What might change the European domination of sailing?

Just numbers - that is all.

Xia Geng, the Mayor of the city of Qingdao for the last decade, and the city fathers are talking about steering sailing, as a sport, on a scale in a way that only the most populous nation on earth can do.

There are a million children at school in Qingdao and there is conversation that suggests up to ten percent of the children could experience sailing as a school sport. That is 100,000 potential sailors, in just one Chinese city of eight million, in a country of 1,300 million.

The centre of the sailing world could move rapidly east!

However the road ahead could be bumpy, with many hard decisions ahead.

by Marine Business World 5:10 AM Sun 22 Aug 2010

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