Accelerating innovation and sharing information
All new yachts are born in a design office. Since 1991, CAO and 3D modeling have significantly reduced the number of stages of prototyping and implementation. Beneteau’s latest achievement – 5 new sailboats in 12 months – was made possible exclusively by Dassault Systemes’ special Catia et Smarteam programs.
The design office has digital layouts, which greatly speeds up the process.
The work is carried out simultaneously on the design of complex surfaces, the optimization of the constituent parts, the organization of space, the study of equipment and the layout of the yacht.
Moreover, from the moment of formation of the image, all internal departments, architects and external suppliers exchange data and have access to a common information base.
In recent years, using new technologies, we have made significant progress in working on speed, quality and cost optimization.
From layout to form
The tremendous progress in 3D modeling allows the creation of a yacht model that can be used directly to create the shape. Since 2003, the prototyping workshop has been equipped with five programmed axis robots that simultaneously work on all the parts needed to create the mold.
The design department, the driving force behind the development of every yacht, works hard to find new solutions for speed, comfort and living conditions on board.
Advances in electronic equipment and the automation of many functions require the study of new ways of organizing power supply on a yacht.
The spirit and special skill of Andre Beneteau to create cases still reign within the walls of the design office. All proposed drawings are carefully studied by the architects of the shipyard.
Our specialists, using the already existing achievements in hydro- and aerodynamics, develop all the drawings and layouts. We’ve fully mastered features such as splash protection, water impact cushioning and wave bending. Modern hull shapes allow for increased speed, stability and comfort.
All new yachts should be able to reach 15 knots with ease without pitching up. The latest yachts of all series meet this requirement.
Manufacturing and high technology
The technological advantage can be judged by the processing process.
Beneteau has developed a unique technology for the production of large composite parts. Today it is the only shipyard that simultaneously controls processes in open and closed forms.
As a result of new impregnation technology that has proven itself on thousands of hulls and decks, Beneteau has developed a hybrid infujection technology. Consistent with plant environmental policies, closed mold technology improves working conditions and reduces VOCs (volatile organic compounds) emissions.
For over 120 years, generations of Beneteau joiners have been creating new technologies. Their work is of impeccable quality; keeping tradition, they create elegant and refined yachts.
Combining industrial production and artisan talent, Beneteau craftsmen are relentlessly enhancing yacht equipment. 300 carpenters in a workshop in the Vendee area work for all production bases, including the USA.
This team of men and women is demanding both in the choice of wood and in its processing. They talentedly embody modern design trends while maintaining the Beneteau carpentry tradition.
Welcome to the workshop
The selection of wood is very important, this process is given a lot of time and attention, carrying out all the necessary examinations. The tree gets into the workshop in the form of sawn boards, the massive tree is sawn, processed and then sanded by hand. It is used to make door frames, decorative carvings or fittings.
Wood is processed using a special technology. Wood with flexible, rounded lines is mainly used for decorative details.
The processing of shipbuilding plywood boards for the manufacture of partitions and planning elements is more mechanized. We use precise and reliable programmable machines. The final finishing is still done by hand.
Parts are varnished on a machine tool (shipbuilding plywood) or using a spray gun (solid and plasticized wood).
Precision and experience ensure a flawless finish.