Groupe Beneteau has acquired a majority stake in Slovenian builder Seascape and announced plans to become majority owner of Poland-based Delphia. Seascape builds sailboats from 14 to 27 feet and gives Beneteau a presence in the transportable performance cruiser segment. “Our acquisition of a stake in Seascape lets us offer a selection of small sailing yachts for novice and enthusiasts, often first-time buyers,” says Hervé Gastinel, Groupe Beneteau CEO.
Delphia Yachts has built more than 25,000 boats since it was founded in 1990. Beneteau’s buyout will give it a much larger production capacity in Delphia’s 194,000-square-foot facility, as well as better access to central and eastern European markets.
This article originally appeared in the August 2018 issue.