…I was invited to France by Laurent Fabre, vice president of sales and marketing, and Maryline O’Shea, marketing director, both from Beneteau Group Powerboat America, to see for myself how and where Swift Trawlers were fabricated, and to test the recently launched Swift Trawler 44. Armed with good local knowledge and a very up-to-date tide table, O’Shea planned our passage across Le Gois at just the right time, a subtle environmental aside on our way to the Beneteau facility on the northwest coast of Ile-de-Noirmoutier where the Swift Trawler 44 and 52 are constructed.
Unfortunately, our schedule did not allow us to stop in the coastal town of Saint-Gilles just across the river from Croixde- Vie, only an hour south, where Benjamin Beneteau founded his family boatyard in 1884.  CLICK THE PICTURE BELOW TO READ THE ARTICLE

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