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 42 (BENETEAU) 42.92 ft / 13.08 m 1981
FIRST 42S7 (BENETEAU) 42.50 ft / 12.95 m 1994
FIRST 42SF (BENETEAU) 41.57 ft / 12.67 m 1994
FIRST 435 (BENETEAU) 43.50 ft / 13.26 m 1984
FIRST 44.7 (BENETEAU) 44.83 ft / 13.66 m 2004
FIRST 45 (BENETEAU - BRIAND) 46.16 ft / 14.07 m 2008
FIRST 45 (BENETEAU - FARR) 44.92 ft / 13.69 m 1990
FIRST 456 (BENETEAU) 45.50 ft / 13.87 m 1982
FIRST 45F5 (BENETEAU) 44.92 ft / 13.69 m 1990
FIRST 47.7 (BENETEAU) 47.00 ft / 14.33 m 2000
FIRST 50 (BENETEAU) 49.16 ft / 14.98 m 2007
FIRST 51 (BENETEAU) 51.28 ft / 15.63 m 1987
FIRST 53F5 (BENETEAU) 52.17 ft / 15.90 m 1990
FIRST CLASS 10 (BENETEAU) 34.33 ft / 10.46 m 1982
FIRST CLASS 12 (BENETEAU) 39.33 ft / 11.99 m 1985
FIRST CLASS 7 (BENETEAU) 21.50 ft / 6.55 m 1983
FIRST CLASS 7.5 (BENETEAU) 25.92 ft / 7.90 m 2008
FIRST CLASS 8 (BENETEAU) 25.42 ft / 7.75 m 1982
FIRST CLASS CHALLENGE (BENETEAU) 29.99 ft / 9.14 m 1989
FIRST CLASS EUROPE (BENETEAU) 37.34 ft / 11.38 m 1989
FIRST IMS 40.7 (BENETEAU) 40.67 ft / 12.40 m 1994
FIRST YACHT 53 (BENETEAU) 56.17 ft / 17.12 m 2019
FLETAN (BENETEAU) 16.17 ft / 4.93 m 1966
FORBAN MKI (BENETEAU) 19.03 ft / 5.80 m 1968
FORBAN MKII (BENETEAU) 19.68 ft / 6.00 m 1975

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