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  Beneteau USA   Horizons August 2012  

Beneteau Visionary Honored For Influence On Marine Industry.

Active Interest Media (AIM) Marine Group held their Inaugural Editor's Choice Awards on Friday October 26, 2012 during the 53rd Annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show where the group honored Madame Annette Bénéteau-Roux with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Madame Annette Bénéteau-Roux is the granddaughter of Benjamin Bénéteau who founded the Beneteau shipyard nearly 130 years ago. Today, the company continues to thrive under the leadership of Madame Bénéteau-Roux who serves as the supervisory board vice president of parent company Groupe Beneteau.

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Dealer Update

Karma Yacht Sales Celebrates their Ten Year Anniversary

Karma Yacht Sales(CHICAGO, IL) – Karma Yacht Sales, LLC- your Beneteau Lake Michigan sailboat dealer has recently celebrated their tenth year of doing business. On September 30, 2002 Jack Buoscio and Lou Sandoval officially completed the purchase of Darfin Yachts LTD and transitioned the 25-year old dealership into Karma Yacht Sales.

"A lot has changed since our first location at 1945 S. Halsted Street" said Jack Buoscio, co-owner and founder. "We have grown our business organically to reflect the changing needs of the local sailing community". Darfin Yachts had primarily been a dealer for Beneteau's Cruising line of boats. With the introduction of the Farr Yacht Design's First Series boats in 1999, Darfin helped seed the First 40.7 fleet in Chicago with the first six boats. Jack and Lou built upon the success of the First 40.7 fleet, and in 2002 KYS began to build the largest one-design class Beneteau has ever seen in North America with the dual-purpose First 36.7. The racer/cruiser was a great catalyst for KYS growth as well, as Karma Yacht Sales became the largest FIRST dealer in North America, selling over 38 hulls of the boat on Lake Michigan and establishing the largest and most active fleet of 36.7's in North America. Both fleets continue to be active in Chicago's sailboat racing scene.

"It is really interesting, but many sailors think that race boats were our mainstay during that time" said Lou Sandoval, co-owner and founder. "While the race boats were popular, the cruising boats have been our mainstay. The build quality, innovation and value that Beneteau offers are some of the reasons why one out of every three boats sold in Lake Michigan is a Beneteau. For every racing sailboat sold, there are three to four cruising boats that help people ignite their passion for the water."

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Upcoming Boat Shows

St. Petersburg Power & Sailboat Show - Nov 29 - Dec 2, 2012

Sailboats on display: Limited Edition Oceanis 34, 37 & Oceanis 41 and 45
Powerboats on display: Barracuda 9
Gran Turismo 34
Swift Trawler 34

Use the promo code Beneteau to purchase your tickets online at half price.

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Upcoming Boat Shows
Upcoming Boat Shows

Beneteau Boutique for the Holidays

Unsure of what to get your loved one for the holidays? Browse the Beneteau Boutique for something special and from now until the end of the year receive an extra 10% off your purchases of $150 or more.

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Gran Turismo 49
Gran Turismo 49

The ultimate distillation of space, comfort, power & speed.

In their latest sea trial, Power and Motoryacht tested the Gran Turismo 49 Fly and found her to be "a speedy, well-mannered performer offshore, with serious dockside appeal, and a layout that's both straightforward and ultra-roomy." Read the full review.

In addition, Boattest.com stated the flagship of the Gran Turismo line is "one of the most comfortable riding boats in this class we have tested." Read the full review.

Gran Turismo 49 Specifications:

Beneteau Powerboats

Interior layout and design
Andreani Design

Length overall
15,73 M – 51'7"

Hull length
14,09 M – 46'3"

Hull beam
4,27 M - 14'0"

0,85 M / 1,10 M – 2'9" / 3'7"

Air draft
5,86 M – 19'3" (Fly Bridge)
4,70 M – 15'15" (Hard Top)

Light displacement
14 990 KG – 33,038 LBS

Fuel tank capacity
2 x 650 L – 2 x 172 GAL

Fresh water capacity
2 x 320 L – 2 x 85 GAL

Max engine power
2 x 435 CV – 2 x 435 HP

IPS Volvo 2 x IPS 600

CE certification
B14 / C16

Take a Test Drive.

Take a look at our newest models in action!

Swift 50 Video

Swift 50

Sense 46 Video

Sense 46

Oceanis 41 Video

Oceanis 41

Barracuda 9 video

Barracuda 9

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