Industry Benchmark

Industry Benchmark

It’s no secret that Beneteau’s build quality sets the industry benchmark for others to follow.

From architecture through to design, technology, process, production, materials, marketing, services and finances – not a single area escapes rigorous and meticulous attention to detail and quality assurance testing.

And this testing is undertaken in every one of their 20 facilities worldwide … including France, Poland, Brazil and the USA.

So you can be assured that the boat you have ordered, and taken delivery of, is built with materials and craftsmanship of exceptional quality and durability.

And the icing on the cake? Beneteau employs twenty experts whose raison d’être, their reason for being, is simply delivering high-quality, durable yachts to the world. What a job!

Best Hulls

Best Hulls

The team at Beneteau meticulously tests every material that goes on a boat in a testing laboratory and the hull is no different. Resin is used in each process – but it’s the coring material that makes a difference.

Beneteau choose balsa core, because it provides the best balance of strength, thickness and weight … and also helps lower the centre of gravity, which means no lead keel for the power boats. Balsa core also allows for a high level of resistance, noise reduction and insulation.

Balsa core is sandwich laminated between the inner and outer fibreglass materials … and balsa core allows the factory to reduce the amount of resin in each hull while maintaining the desired structural strength. This efficiency in the reduction of resin means less weight and better performance …

giving owners a better feeling on the water!

Making the Inaccessible Accessible

One of Beneteau’s underlying philosophies is to make the inaccessible accessible …

and that’s exactly what they’ve done. Their state of the art manufacturing facilities use breakthrough production technology, making things that we previously thought impossible a reality …

all while delivering the best value luxury production yachts on the water today.

 

Complete confidence

Complete confidence

Beneteau utilise three processes for the manufacture of their high quality hulls and decks … and choose which method to use based on the type and size of the boat, the complexity of the design and the expected production numbers.

And of course they choose the gold standard of coring; end grain balsa core, which provides the optimal strength to weight ratio and prevents the spread of water intrusion should the hull be damaged.

Injection moulding

Injection moulding

Beneteau introduced injection moulding way back in 2005 – and it’s their most sophisticated process.

Beginning with a gel and skin coat being applied to upper and lower halves of giant moulds, this process is used on both sailboats and powerboats and provides many benefits, which include precise ratio control of the fibreglass to resin in each hull and deck. This process also creates a perfect finish on each side.

Beneteau utilise technology to improve production wherever possible. All of the trimming and hole cuts on decks and hulls are done by robots, which allows for a high level of precision as well as dramatically reducing labour costs … which is reflected in the retail price.

The team has spent thousands of hours testing resin formulations for strength, weight durability and reaction to other materials, but most importantly for its resistance to water.

The hull on EVERY Beneteau boat is one that can take you anywhere in the world with complete confidence.

And it’s a hull that meets the highest worldwide standards in quality, strength, durability, weight and cost.

 Alpi Wood

Alpi Wood

Although Beneteau have 20 facilities around the world, all the woodwork in every single Beneteau boat comes from one factory in France.

This means the team has better machinery and tools, more efficient production, complete quality control and the best craftsmen working together in one place.

So they are able to achieve and maintain a superior level of quality that are a dream to sail.

Beneteau source their wood from controlled, certified and sustainable sources.

They choose Alpi Wood, a specialised wood product perfectly suited for marine conditions and a certified renewable source.

The process produces wood panels that resist warping and are perfectly uniform and the factory is able to replicate a variety of hardwoods and finishes for a fraction of the traditional cost.

Superior Quality

Superior Quality

In the end, at Beneteau it comes back to superior quality.

Every boat receives its wooden parts from a dedicated facility in France, and they focus on using a carefully selected mix of technology and handcraftsmanship to create interiors that are both stunning and efficient.

No boat builder in the world is comparable.

“The level of detail applied to quality assurance was one of the highest I have witnessed in the more than 160 factories I have visited around the world.”  – Christopher Hughes from BoatTEST.com

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