Beneteau America will launch its new flagship, the Oceanis 60, at the 2015 Strictly Sail Miami boat show in February.
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.
Beneteau Group is reporting 11.7 million euros in operating income for fiscal 2013-14, up from 1 million the previous year.
The Beneteau Group was named sponsor of the U.S. Sailing Team Sperry Topsider and ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami.
Beneteau America appointed The Nautic Group to represent Beneteau Powerboats in Kemah, Texas.
Some dealers may have entered the Rec Boat Holdings dealer meeting in August with apprehension after the company’s sale to Groupe Beneteau, but Dave Kazmark of Patchogue Shores Marina was not one of them.
Beneteau America announced ahead of the Sept. 25-30 Sao Paulo Boat Show in Brazil its intention to speed the development of the company’s powerboat distribution network in South America.
Beneteau America and the American Sailing Association said the ASA First 22 will have its world premiere Oct. 9-13 at the U.S. Sailboat Show in Annapolis, Md.
Beneteau America said it is increasing its presence by 50 percent next week at the Newport International Boat Show, displaying 16 powerboats and sailboats for visitors to tour and purchase.
Some dealers came into the Rec Boat Holdings meeting a bit nervous about the recent sale to the Beneteau Group, but president Roch Lambert says those lingering fears were put to rest last week.
Less than two months after the Beneteau Group acquired it, Rec Boat Holdings will hold a dealer meeting to unveil its 2015 model-year lineup near its manufacturing plant in Cadillac, Mich.