History

 
1884 Benjamin Bénéteau       
1884

 Benjamin Bénéteau, a fully qualified shipbuilder, founds the Bénéteau boatyard in Croix de Vie (Vendée) to build trawlers for fishermen.


     
 
1910

Ahead of his time, Benjamin Bénéteau launches the first engine-powered boat. Christened the "vainqueur des jaloux" or conqueror of the jealous, it generates fear among the local communities, who accuse the "oil boat" of scaring the fish away.
     
 
1928

Benjamin Bénéteau's son, André Bénéteau, takes over the managemet of the family boatyard at the age of 21.