Clarks Landing Yacht Sales, Beneteau’s powerboat dealer in Maryland and New Jersey, said it will open a new sales location Wednesday on Kent Island.
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.
Groupe Beneteau-Cadillac Operations, manufacturer of the powerboat brands Four Winns, Glastron, Scarab and Wellcraft, said it will launch a strategic partnership with LH-Finance at the Feb.16-20 Miami International Boat Show.
Thomas Wenstadt, technical manager of Groupe Beneteau, Cadillac and the holder of several design patents, will retire Friday.
Beneteau America appointed Segue Yachts to distribute its powerboat lines in Argentina.
This fall the 1,000th Swift Trawler was built and left Beneteau’s workshops in France.
Beneteau America named EB Marine as the exclusive Beneteau powerboat dealer for Gran Turismo, Swift Trawler and Monte Carlo in Venezuela.
Sail Place said it received Beneteau’s Fastest Growing Sailboat Dealer of the Year Award.
The Beneteau Group said it ended fiscal 2015-16 with net sales of 1.083 billion euros — about $1.8 billion — and a strong increase in boat sales.
More than 300 dealers from North America and worldwide attended a Groupe Beneteau dealer meeting this fall and heard the French company reiterate its commitment to the U.S. market. Beneteau in 2014 acquired the American boat brands Glastron, Four Winns, Scarab and Wellcraft.
Four Winns, Glastron and Wellcraft gave The Boat Warehouse the Admiral Award for the largest volume for a multiple-store dealership in Canada at the Sept. 18-21 Beneteau Group dealer meeting in Sarasota, Fla.