Beneteau

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1884 -

Benjamin Beneteau, shipwright, founded the Beneteau boatyard at Croix-de-Vie, France to build sailing trawlers.
In 1964 Annette Beneteau Roux and her brother, Andre, granddaughter and grandson to Benjamin, diversified the company with the introduction of fiberglass sailing yachts. With the introduction of the FLETAN and the GUPPY, Beneteau took part in the 1965 Paris Boat Show for the first time, establishing its reputation for building seaworthy pleasure craft.
The FIRST 30, designed by Andre Mauric and introduced in 1976, was the beginning of Beneteau's very successful First series. It was chosen Boat of the Year at the Paris Boat Show and also won the first leg of the Figaro Single-Handed Race.
In response to its expanding North American market, Beneteau opened a production facility in Marion, South Carolina. Within four years, Beneteau became one of the top three sailboat manufacturers in America.

***(In order to simplify things, all the Beneteau models, for which we have adequate information, have been listed under the 'Beneteau' section. Beneteau's were often given differEnt names depending on which part of the world they were sold (and/or built). This, in addition to boats that were sold directly to charter companies which also used their own names.)
Today, (2016) Beneteau is largest builder of sailboats in the world.

Sailboats Built By Beneteau

(Dates indicate when boat was first built by any builder)

Model LOA First Built
FIRST 30 (BENETEAU - MAURIC) 29.36 ft / 8.95 m 1976
FIRST 30 E (BENETEAU - BERRET) 30.50 ft / 9.30 m 1981
FIRST 300 (BENETEAU) 29.69 ft / 9.05 m 1994
FIRST 305 (BENETEAU) 30.50 ft / 9.30 m 1985
FIRST 31.7 (BENETEAU) 31.53 ft / 9.61 m 1998
FIRST 310 (BENETEAU) 31.00 ft / 9.45 m 1990
FIRST 32 (BENETEAU) 32.50 ft / 9.91 m 1980
FIRST 325 (BENETEAU) 32.48 ft / 9.90 m 1985
FIRST 32S5 (BENETEAU) 32.50 ft / 9.91 m 1989
FIRST 33.7 (BENETEAU) 32.74 ft / 9.98 m 2000
FIRST 345 (BENETEAU) 34.50 ft / 10.52 m 1985
FIRST 35 (BENETEAU) 35.17 ft / 10.72 m 1980
FIRST 35-2 (BENETEAU) 35.60 ft / 10.85 m 2008
FIRST 35.7 (BENETEAU) 34.58 ft / 10.54 m 1993
FIRST 35S5 (BENETEAU) 35.42 ft / 10.80 m 1988
FIRST 35S7 (BENETEAU) 34.58 ft / 10.54 m 1993
FIRST 36.7 (BENETEAU) 35.76 ft / 10.90 m 2000
FIRST 36S7 (BENETEAU) 35.75 ft / 10.90 m 1996
FIRST 375 (BENETEAU) 37.08 ft / 11.30 m 1985
FIRST 38 (BENETEAU) 38.50 ft / 11.73 m 1983
FIRST 38S5 (BENETEAU) 38.25 ft / 11.66 m 1989
FIRST 40 (BENETEAU) 40.16 ft / 12.24 m 2007
FIRST 40.7 (BENETEAU) 39.25 ft / 11.96 m 1997
FIRST 405 (BENETEAU) 40.67 ft / 12.40 m 1986
FIRST 41S5 (BENETEAU) 41.33 ft / 12.60 m 1990

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