Beneteau manager announces retirement

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beneteau0104Thomas Wenstadt, technical manager of Groupe Beneteau, Cadillac and the holder of several design patents, will retire Friday.

Beneteau said Wenstadt played an influential role in the successful growth of the builder’s Four Winns brand and holds several design patents, as well as a utility patent for the exclusive Four Winns Stable Vee hull, which the company said is still very much in use today.

Inspired to provide a safe and comfortable boat for families, Wenstadt worked with designing hull bottoms that provided lateral stability statically and dynamically, Beneteau said. Shortly thereafter, he added stepped After Pods to the Stable Vee hull design, which further enhanced hull stability in addition to greatly decreasing boat plane times.

Yielding crisp, yet controllable turning characteristics, along with enhancing boat stability, Wenstadt and the Stable Vee were awarded with the Popular Mechanics Design in 1992.

Alongside six patents at Outboard Marine Corp., Wenstadt also holds two patents with Mercury Marine, one of which, patented in 1977 — the MerCruiser Auto Trim — has been the forerunner of today’s Mercury Marine Active Trim and Volvo Penta Powertrim Assist.

The company said Wenstadt provided expertise in the establishment of structural integrity testing, material testing procedures and bearing the role of a lamination engineer for the Four Winns, Scarab Jet, Glastron and Wellcraft lines while providing essential insight in the launch of the Scarab Jet boat lineup in 2013.

Wenstadt began his career at Mercury Marine as an engineer from 1976-80 and at OMC from 1980-84. After a stay at Teledyne Continental, where he worked with and built airplane engines, Wenstadt began his long tenure with Four Winns in 1988.


9 comments on “Beneteau manager announces retirement

  1. Michael Hankins

    Tom is such a professional and knowledge level of an “Einstein” in the industry. Glad to see he will be taking a much deserved retirement, and wish him much success as he transitions away from the business.

    We both started at the same time with Four Winns, and I learned a lot of information from him that helped later on in my career in the industry.

    Best Wishes Tom.

  2. David Denman

    Tom, your knowledge, integrity and attention to detail will be sorely missed. Best wishes to you in this new chapter.

  3. Rick Dunlap


    It was always a pleasure working with a true professional like yourself. Enjoy your much deserved retirement.

  4. Karen "Lindy" Soderholm

    Congrats, Tom!
    You were always a solid rock in the brand and a pleasure to work with.

  5. O'Hara

    Congratulations on your retirement~ we are wishing you only the best in life as you begin this adventure.
    ~Denny & Patti O’Hara

  6. Ralph Hoskins


    As I said when I saw you at FLIBS it was a pleasure to have worked with you in Cadillac during my 16+ years there and wish you the best in the magical land called retirement…enjoy my fiend.


  7. Lyn Coulter, Coulter's Panorama Marine


    Congratulations on your retirement. Thank you for all you did all through the years with your engineering skills at Four Winns. Those fantastic boats you helped create sure helped the company survive through some mighty tumultuous times, you’ve certainly seen some crazy things from OMC to Irwin Jacobs and now Beneteau.

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