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 French giant plans to continue an aggressive new-product development schedule, as well as build European brands in the United States.
The company’s marine sales were up 6.7 percent for the year.
The French builder says production will start later this year.
Jeanneau is including the m2500 hardware bundle on boats 50 feet and larger bought at the show.
For its Cadillac, Mich.-built brands, tariffs are eating into a strong sales year.
The French conglomerate has invested in its facilities in France, the U.S. and Poland to increase production while giving them “multi-purpose” capabilities for building different brands.
The Antares line consists of 21-, 23- and 27-footers designed for coastal cruising.
The Midwest dealership will represent the Gran Turismo, Monte Carlo and Swift Trawler lines in eastern Michigan and Ohio.
The addition of Delphia Yachts to the group’s portfolio strengthens its presence in central and eastern European and Scandinavian markets.
Groupe Beneteau issued a statement acknowledging the impact of tariffs on its U.S. brands — Four Winns, Glastron, Wellcraft and Scarab.
The boating industry is taking a multi-front approach to confronting tariffs in the U.S., Europe and Canada that have already impacted the industry.