Oceanis 55

Monday, December 28, 2009

Oceanis 58

Oceanis 58 Exterior Photo

Sleeping Quarters

Spacious Master Cabin

Images of the Oceanis 58 from the Paris Boat Show
Click here for more information on the Oceanis 58.
We hope that you all had a lovely holiday! Back to work today! Our service department is busy Commissioning a new Beneteau 49! Pictures to come soon!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Happy Holidays

St. Barts would like to wish you a wonderful holiday season! We will be closed on Thursday, December 24, 2009 and Friday, December 25, 2009 for the Christmas holidays.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Swift Trawler 34

The Beneteau Swift Trawler 34
Another View

Interior Shot

The view of the Fly Bridge

Coming Soon to St. Barts Yachts! Yesterday we placed the first order for the brand new Beneteau Swift Trawler 34. Call the Charleston office for more details (843)577-7377!!
Click here for information directly from Beneteau.
Click here to see the Motor Boat Monthly video footage of the Sea Trial for the Beneteau Swift Trawler 34. (via youtube)

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

The Beneteau First 35

The Keel of the First 35
Interior of First 35
Nav Station

Port side of First 35

Aerial view of the First 35
For more information on the Beneteau First 35 click here!

Well the St. Barts Gang has returned from the Paris Boat Show with some amazing photos! Keep checking in as we post some of the highlights from the trip.

Thursday, December 3, 2009


The St. Barts Team has safely arrived in Paris, France for the Paris Boat Show. We can't wait to see pictures of their adventures and hear all about their travels! We will share them too!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Beneteau Factory Changes

Beneteau Factory Renovation

With a huge investment in a new CNC machinery driven woodshop and a complete overhaul of its production areas, Beneteau USA Inc. is in the process of revamping its 250,000 square foot facility into the most modern big sailboat factory in America. Contractors, advisors from parent company Groupe Beneteau, and South Carolinian team members are scurrying to change the 25 year old factory from the past style of eight independent production lines into a new, single line, continuous flow, production facility comprising 20 operation positions. The outcome of this new way of building will allow shortened lead times, less work in process and greater flexibility in model mix. The Marion plant will be the only American sailboat plant able to build anything from 30 footers up to 50 footers, all in the same quick-flow process.

"This is an amazing feat for our team, as it truly was an internal initiative that came from the leadership of our Vice President of Manufacturing, Gerard Martineau, working with the full spectrum of production from managers to those on the floor. They have developed a system that is unique in our end of the industry and will eliminate wasted time while improving quality and flexibility," said Wayne Burdick, President of Beneteau USA. "When the plant reconfiguration work is complete and we are able to turn on the new, lean, mean, production machine, no one else in the US will be able to make cruising sailboats with as much efficiency and flexibility of product mix. This should give Beneteau a strategic advantage to quickly provide the best value in exactly the model our customer wishes to buy." "I am proud of all the work by our people in Marion to prepare for this mode of manufacturing. We all went to school together to learn about lean manufacturing, work flow and value stream mapping, and the result proves that this great team of boat builders is equal to any in the world when it comes to new ways of thinking and doing. Great work by this very motivated group will launch us into a new era of excellent quality at the best price and the quickest delivery, continuing Marion's claim of being the largest producer of sailing yachts on this continent," stated Mr. Martineau. "In the month of November current production will temporarily cease, so that the remains of the existing independent lines can be moved into the new continuous flow platforms which are already in place. I can't wait to see the results when we start humming in early December!"

Taken from Beneteau Website