Beneteau

Beneteau, which is based in western France, was founded by Benjamin Beneteau in 1884 and is led by granddaughter Madame Annette Beneteau Roux. The sailboat division’s U.S. headquarters is in Marion, S.C., and its U.S. powerboat headquarters is in Annapolis, Md.

The Beneteau Group continues its push into the North American powerboat market (Barracuda 9 Fly pictured) with the acquisition of Rec Boat Holdings.

A romance kindled in Paris

The Great Recession launched a seemingly endless cycle of boatbuilder bankruptcies and sales, and the fallout is still being felt six years after the bottom dropped out of the financial world. But Rec Boat Holdings — consisting of four brands that Platinum Equity scooped up after Genmar went belly-up in 2010 — is the first…more

VIDEO: Beneteau Group expands its reach with deal

The Beneteau Group’s acquisition of Rec Boat Holdings — parent company of Four Winns, Glastron, Wellcraft and Scarab — will help the 130-year-old company further penetrate the North American powerboat market.

Q&A with Benetau America president Laurent Fabre

Laurent Fabre became president of Beneteau America a little more than a year ago. The 46-year-old native of France’s Brittany region grew up near the water and learned to sail before he began riding a bike. It had been his lifelong dream to work in the boating industry in the United States. Given his success…more

Beneteau reports 2012-13 earnings

The Be?ne?teau Group recorded 1 million euros in operating income for fiscal 2012-13, better than the group’s initial forecast — an expected loss of 7.5 million euros — which the company said reflects an upturn in earnings on boats and housing. Net income for the year was 700,000 euros, compared with a loss of the…more

FLIBS 2013: Beneteau plans five new models

FORT LAUDERDALE — Beneteau and Monte Carlo Yachts are introducing the MC5 at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. Beneteau marketing director Maryline O’Shea, in a wide-ranging discussion with AIM Marine Group editors, said Beneteau and Monte Carlo also expect to introduce four other new models during the coming year: a Barracuda 7 and an…more

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