Sept 14, 2021

On the HorizonAcross the corporate organization of Groupe Beneteau, plans have been made to charter its course focused on developing new boating experiences. In Cannes, on September 6, 2021, Groupe Beneteau staged a unique gathering to announce major transformations in a world in constant evolution.

On the eve of the 43rd Cannes Yachting Festival opening, Groupe Beneteau hosted on the Croisette, a new format event titled On the Horizon, sharing with 150 selected guests the new developments and latest product innovation.

Opening the event, Jérôme de Metz, Groupe Beneteau Chairman and CEO, explained that:

“The epidemic and its consequences have accelerated the various transitions already underway. There are new expectations and user habits, new ways of travelling and latest technologies: a new world of pleasure boating and marine leisure is coming into view on the horizon, and all of us throughout Groupe Beneteau are positioning ourselves to be the leading players in this new world.”


While remaining firmly rooted in its boatbuilding foundations, Groupe Beneteau is also becoming a creator of experiences, offering new products and new services.

SEANAPPS Connected Boat Solution Revealed

At the top of the innovations and game-changing solutions introduced during the presentation, Gianguido Girotti, Deputy CEO in charge of the Brand & Product Strategy, revealed the SEANAPPS connected boat solution.

“Developed together with our partner Sentinel Marine Solutions, this on-board smart application enables boaters, dealers and charter companies to connect to their boat or fleet at any time. We are very excited to kick start this solution with a series of BENETEAU, JEANNEAU and PRESTIGE models. By 2025, all 9,000 boats we build every year will be equipped with SEANAPPS as standard equipment. It illustrates well our philosophy and our business approach: we are the integrators of a solution developed by our partner, a solution that we deploy on a vast scale.”

Going Electric for BENETEAU, DELPHIA and EXCESS

Another major development announced during ON THE HORIZON 2021, is the introduction of electric and hybrid propulsion systems for the BENETEAU, DELPHIA and EXCESS brands. These new technologies are featured on the EXCESS 15 sailing catamaran on display at Port Canto at the Cannes Yachting Festival and the BENETEAU Oceanis 30.1 sailboat that will be displayed at the Grand Pavois in La Rochelle, France and Barcelona, Spain.

Revealing DELPHIA’s new identity and positioning, its General Manager Martin Schemkes explained:


“Our vision is that 100% electric propulsion will usher in a new phase in boating and our mission will be to create the leadership in electric boating on inland waters. This new chapter is defined by a mindful approach to cruising.”


The first electric motorboat models will be presented in January 2022.

Two New Ranges for WELLCRAFT: Adventure Cruiser and Luxury Center Console

Renowned for offshore fishing, WELLCRAFT is returning to the centre of the adventure cruiser segment, an extremely promising market in which the brand will be setting new trends on a new scale.

“We’re creating a new generation of game-changers in the world of adventure cruisers built for our ultra-passionate clients, boats that take their boating that extra bit further, and change the rules of the game. With their triple outboard motors and incredible sea-worthiness, imagine you’re just 1h30 away from so many amazing places, going from Ft Lauderdale to the Bahamas for the day, or from Italy to Croatia, or even further from Buenos Aires to Punta del Este, from Seattle to the San Juan islands, from Hong Kong to Tai Long Wan” said Nick Harvey, WELLCRAFT General Manager. “With WELLCRAFT, a new generation of fast commuters is born!”
WELLCRAFT will comprise 3 product ranges that collectively reinterpret the brand’s vast heritage: sport fishing (where it all began), the adventure cruiser (taking people faster and further, wherever they want in style and comfort); and the luxury center console (for day boating in upscale comfort).

Four Winns H4 Horizon RangeA New Horizon for FOUR WINNS

2022 will see the introduction of the all-new Horizon series for the American brand FOUR WINNS. Reinterpreting a classic with modern attributes, the first model of the series, the H4, will become the new reference in this segment.

Announced in 2020, the first images of the FOUR WINNS outboard twin hull boat were revealed to the public.

“To make this happen we’ve completely overhauled the design and made bold, innovative engineering choices. With unprecedented comfort and an eye-catching design, we are kick-starting a new era in dayboating by offering more sophisticated dayboats and setting a new standard to be matched” said Nick Harvey, FOUR WINNS General Manager.

PRESTIGE Unveils its Power Catamaran M-Line

After establishing itself as the global reference on the Flybridge market with its F-Line range, PRESTIGE brought to the market last year the award-winning X-Line range, with more liveable space onboard, moderate cruising speeds and a whispered luxury ambiance. Next to its flagship X70, PRESTIGE will launch in 2022 the X60.

Continuously looking to the future, PRESTIGE chose to amplify the private island concept offered to its customers and will be leading the way into the Powercat market with its upcoming M-Line. Designed to meet the expectations of both private owners and charter management companies, the details of this new range will be shared at the beginning of 2022 at the Dusseldorf, Germany and Miami, US boat shows.

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