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Beneteau Halts Production?

Ordered and paid in full for an Oceanis 38 that was supposed to be shipped on 10/31 but was just told today that “due to a world-wide shortage of teak, Beneteau has stopped production on all boats. They can’t build your cockpit floor so they can’t build your boat”. Hearing that the world’s largest sailboat builder has halted production on all boats is of great concern as I've already wired the $ to purchase the boat. Has anyone else experienced this? Please advise.

EDIT BY Jeff_H: Based on my conversation with Chris Doscher, Beneteau North America Sales Director, Beneteau does not have a shortage of 'teak' and they are not stopping or slowing production of boats. I am inserting this because SailNet forum rules do not allow people to post blatantly inaccurate information about members of the marine industry. While it is not always easy to distinguish a false claim, this one was easy to verify. That said, I am not disputing whether Fleur de Mer was told this by someone else.

Last edited by Fleur de Mer; 11-07-2014 at 08:34 PM. Reason: JH, I was just told by one of B's largest dealers that my O38 would ship next week from SC sans teak...will post pictures
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Re: Beneteau Halts Production?

Now that's interesting.
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Re: Beneteau Halts Production?

Very. Beneteau doesnt use teak.
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Re: Beneteau Halts Production?

There was plenty of teak growing in Belize when I was there a few months ago...
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Re: Beneteau Halts Production?

Beneteau uses a hardwood called Iroko.
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Re: Beneteau Halts Production?

I know that Bene, in France, agreed to some sustainable blah, blah, blah, when it comes to teak. There are places they will not buy it from, because its not harvested sustainably, or the natives are tortured or some such. Limits access for them.

I believe there is some limited teak left aboard (maybe toe rails, trim, comings, floor grating, I don't know). But Mark is right about the wall panels. They are just "manufactured" teak, with a grain pattern painted on.
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Re: Beneteau Halts Production?

By the way, I assume you purchased through a dealer? Is that who is giving you this news or Bene directly?
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Re: Beneteau Halts Production?

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By the way, I assume you purchased through a dealer? Is that who is giving you this news or Bene directly?
The Beneteau dealer in Nigeria, perhaps? :-)

I've never purchased a new boat. Is it customary now to "pay in full" in advance of taking delivery?
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I believe there is some limited teak left aboard (maybe toe rails, trim, comings, floor grating, I don't know). .

I think you will find all wood on Beneteaus is non teak and has been for many years. All exterior is Iroko. Interiors are Duka.


Iroko is sometimes called African Teak but its a totally different family.

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Inheriting much of the DNA from the older Oceanis range, the large cockpit is deep and clad in Iroko, an African hardwood similar to teak.
http://www.asia-pacificboating.com/f...eau-oceanis-45
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Re: Beneteau Halts Production?

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Ordered and paid in full for an Oceanis 38 that was supposed to be shipped on 10/31 but was just told today that “due to a world-wide shortage of teak, Beneteau has stopped production on all boats. .

Why would you fully pay for something that is yet to be delivered. When I bought my new Beneteau I put $1 down initially and only a few thousand down until the boat was commissioned and delivered. I would worry about a dealer that required full payment prior to delivery.
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