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I recently ordered a Beneteau Oceanis 34. I had the opportunity to visit the building site in Marion, SC on Friday and got to see my hull in the production line.

I thought I would share some of my observations:

1. They have a continuous improvement process - even an ideas board where the production staff puts up ideas to improve the process. And they use it. It had ideas on it! This is reviewed daily.

2. The precision of the equipment that cuts the wood and fiberglass is very precise with little room for human error.

3. The QA process is quite extensive. i.e boats float in pools and get "rained" on overnight to check for leaks.

4. Staff is extremely knowledgable and passionate.

5. I had a special requests, I met with the production team and they were happy to accommodate it. (unusual for a production builder)

Overall, I was very impressed. I was able to see my boat and most of the systems before it all get walled in. I recommend a visit to anyone interested in a Beneteau or Jeanneau.

The waiting for my new boat is even harder now!!
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Must have been good fun to see your own boat being built. Love to have that some day!

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Nah.. it didn't happen because you didn't tak pics?
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Nah.. it didn't happen because you didn't tak pics?
They don't let you take pictures of the process. Don't want the secret sauce to get out. But I was able to take some of my hull. I will post them.
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I recently ordered a Beneteau Oceanis 34. I had the opportunity to visit the building site in Marion, SC on Friday and got to see my hull in the production line.

I thought I would share some of my observations:

1. They have a continuous improvement process - even an ideas board where the production staff puts up ideas to improve the process. And they use it. It had ideas on it! This is reviewed daily.

2. The precision of the equipment that cuts the wood and fiberglass is very precise with little room for human error.

3. The QA process is quite extensive. i.e boats float in pools and get "rained" on overnight to check for leaks.

4. Staff is extremely knowledgable and passionate.

5. I had a special requests, I met with the production team and they were happy to accommodate it. (unusual for a production builder)

Overall, I was very impressed. I was able to see my boat and most of the systems before it all get walled in. I recommend a visit to anyone interested in a Beneteau or Jeanneau.

The waiting for my new boat is even harder now!!
Congrats!!!

I am not surprise at all. After all, they are the mot successful boat maker in the world. It is hard for the small time stick boat builders to compete in terms of cost and quality.
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That is so awesome! Ive been to the Boston Whaler Factory in NSB where all the worlds BW's are made and its an awesome experience.
Thanks for the pics! Very cool!
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The winches are already on beforew the deck is put on the hull...
and is the teak already on the cockpit floor? or is that a covering?

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The winches are already on beforew the deck is put on the hull...
and is the teak already on the cockpit floor? or is that a covering?
Yes. The winches are installed prior to the deck being attached to the hull. As is the windlass. That is just covering on the cockpit floor. But the teak is already on the cockpit seats.
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That's awesome. I would have distracted them with my wife and snuck some photos with the cell phone!
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Very neat! When is the boat scheduled to be delivered?
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