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The brand

Beneteau’s ori­gins can be traced all the way back to 1884, when Ben­jamin Bénéteau cre­ated his boat­yard near the bridge on Quai des Gre­niers on the west coast of France to build sail­ing fish­ing boats.

But it was two gen­er­a­tions on and at the 1965 Paris Boat Show when the Beneteau brand came of age. Now build­ing recre­ational craft in GRP, the com­pany was ap­proached by three busi­ness­men want­ing to be­come deal­ers for the brand, and a deal­er­ship net­work was formed – al­most un­heard of at the time.

To­day, the Beneteau Group is a mas­sive com­pany that in­cludes Jeanneau, Monte Carlo Yachts, Pres­tige and more re­cently, Amer­i­can brands such as Four Winns and Glas­tron. Be­tween them, they cover al­most ev­ery as­pect of leisure boat­ing from mul­ti­mil­lion-pound su­pery­achts to cata­ma­rans, mo­tor cruis­ers and sail­ing yachts, right down to the kind of small prac­ti­cal sports fish­ing boats that echo the com­pany’s roots.

The range

Beneteau’s Antares and Bar­racuda ranges are two of the com­pany’s most pro­lific lines. The Antares range be­gins with an out­board-pow­ered peche prom­e­nadestyle 6m wheel­house boat that of­fers an en­closed helm po­si­tion plus a small cabin, and can be pur­chased for around £32,000.

It sets the tone for a four-strong range of out­board­pow­ered cruis­ers that stretches to 9m and over­laps with an in­board-en­gined Antares range that starts at 8m and rises to an 11m twin-diesel fly­bridge cruiser. All of them are ver­sa­tile, user-friendly craft that of­fer year­round cruis­ing and fine value for money.

If your fo­cus is on fish­ing rather than cruis­ing, Beneteau has that cov­ered too. In 2012, Beneteau in­tro­duced a brand new model called the Bar­racuda 9. With deep, wide walka­round decks sur­round­ing a func­tional up­right wheel­house, it was a new con­cept for Beneteau. The boat was a hit, and went on to spawn the cur­rent four-strong range of Bar­racuda boats from a new 9m vari­ant to a 6m model.

the Bar­racuda 9 (above) is the flag­ship of the fishin­gori­ented range while the Bar­racuda 8 here is smaller but just as ca­pa­ble

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