(Beneteau) History of Beneteau from 1884 to 1993
Benjamin Beneteau, a fully qualified shipwright, founds Beneteau Boatyards in Croix-de-Vie, to build trawlers for fishermen.
Benjamin Beneteau is a forerunner in his time, launching the first engine-powered tuna fishing boat as early as 1912.
With the third Beneteau generation, Annette Roux and her brother André, Beneteau diversifies its activity, and engages itself in the yachting and sailing industry. Beneteau introduces the use of fiberglass in boat building. With the Fletan and then the Guppy, Beneteau takes part in the Paris Boat Show for the first time in 1965. These boats are followed by the Galion, the Piranha, the Forban and other Baroudeur (Firebrand) models renowned for their seaworthiness: these represent a new concept in the boat industry which is to produce the Peche-Promenade, a new family of boats designed for fishing and sailing trips. Beneteau’s fame reaches national dimensions.
Beneteau launches a motorsailer cruiser with interior wheelhouse designed by André Beneteau: the Evasion 32.
Victory at the Paris 6 hours speedboat competition. The Flyer Beneteau becomes French and European Champion in the OE class with François Salabert and Albert Izard. Cees Van der Velden becomes World Champion in the F1 class.
Beneteau calls upon the services of outside designers: the result being the First 30, designed by Andre Mauric and voted Boat of the Year at the 1978 Paris Boat Show.
Beneteau takes up competitive racing with the First 30, which wins one leg of the Aurore race, later to become the Figaro Single-Handed Race.
André Beneteau creates the Antares range, fishing/cruising flagships well known for their seagoing qualities.
Cees Van der Velden designs the first Flyer 47, 54 and 64.
The First Evolution wins the World Half Ton Championship. Beneteau First 42 introduced
Le Wizz is voted Boat of the Year 1982. Beneteau First Class & First 38 introduced
Beneteau First Class 10 & First 46 introduced
Beneteau celebrates its centenary and enters the unlisted securities market at the Paris Stock Exchange. Beneteau Idylle 11.5 & 13.5 and First 26, 29 & 345 introduced
Beneteau Idylle 10.5 & 15.5 and First 305, 325 & 375 introduced
1986 10 years after the First 30, Beneteau launches a new generation of yachts at the Paris Boat Show: the Oceanis cruising boats, based on the concept the pleasure of enjoying the sea.
Beneteau opens a new plant in Marion, South Carolina, marking the launch of Made in U.S.A. production. Beneteau First 235 & 405 and Oceanis 350 & 430
Beneteau extends its motorboat range, developing a typically French style of motorboat with the presentation of the new Flyer range, adapted to European tastes and requirements. Beneteau combines daring and experience with the presentation of the original First Series, the First 35s5. The project is entrusted to architect Jean Berret and to designer Philippe Starck. The new model is immediately voted Boat of the Year. Beneteau First 285, 35s5 & 435 and Oceanis 390
Beneteau Oceanis 500 introduced
Beneteau, adding the hallmark of quality to beauty of design, launches a new large cruiser-racer yacht setting new standards for the 90s in terms of aerodynamics, performance and design: the First 45f5, an exceptional model co-designed by two legendary talents, Pininfarina and Bruce Farr.
At the same time, standards of performance are confirmed in competition: the First Class Figaro Solo is chosen as the one-design for the Figaro Single-Handed Race”
Beneteau First 32s5 & 45f5 introduced
On August 2nd, Beneteau celebrates the one-thousandth boat built in Marion, U.S.A. Beneteau First 41s5 & 53f5
Under the colors of Yellow and Blue Sogéa, the First 53f5 wins the 1991 Fastnet race and becomes RORC 91 Champion and CHS Yacht of the Year. The French team, with CORUM, in which Beneteau is a partner, wins an historic victory in the Mumm Admirals Cup. The Flyer 6.60 Open is voted Boat of the Year 1992 at the Paris Boat show. Beneteau First 21.0, 310 & 38s5 and Oceanis 370 & 510 introduced
Beneteau is the official partner of the Louis Vuitton Cup and of the Americas Cup. For the third year in a row, a Beneteau, the First 45f5, is crowned CHS Yacht of the Year. The First IMS 40.7 Bounder is third in this CHS class. Beneteau widens its scope of activity:
· In the field of professional fishing by acquiring a new factory in Noirmoutier where 20 to 25 m vessels are to be built.
· In the field of pleasure crafts and service boats, by taking the control of C.N.B. (Construction Navale Bordeaux) specializing in luxury aluminum custom yachts and service boats.
Beneteau 21 Classic, First 265 & Oceanis 440 introduced
Murray Yacht Sales joins the Beneteau Family. The First 210 is voted Boat of the Year, by a panel of 11 European specialists. With CNB, Beneteau becomes a partner in the Whitbread Round the World Race with La Poste and Merit. Beneteau is chosen to be the exclusive European builder of the Mumm 36 one design, for the Admirals Cup in 1995 and 1997. Beneteau Oceanis 300 & 400 introduced.