Below are some of many well known shipyards, known for producing pleasure crafts of all sizes.
Beneteau Yachts is the largest boat manufacturer in the world. With their high quality manufacturing in France, a strong presence in North America with excellent after sale service, it is (and has been for a long time) one of the top selling brands. Both their sailboats and powerboats are popular.
The Swift Trawlers from Beneteau, ranging from 30 to 50 feet, are very popular in the Pacific Northwest, Maryland, and Florida, and starting to get traction in California as well. The Swift Trawler 50 is their flagship, and the smallest one is 30 feet. They are all known for their stability and long range capability.
Their sailboat line is dominated by the Beneteau Oceanis series. Great sailboats, from 30’ to 55’.
Azimut Yachts was established in 1969, and they have grown to become a leader in the production of luxury flybridge yachts. Founded in Italy, Azimut’s emergence into the yachting industry started with selling boats of other well known yachting brands. Within their first year in business, Azimut grew quickly and its operations transformed into designing yachts.
Today, Azimut Yachts are known for their comprehensive range of yachts, from smaller flybridge motor yachts to large composite superyachts. Azimuts are famous for their beautiful Italian design. Manufactured to ensure comfort and safety at sea, Azimuts feature modern design and premium technology.
Bali Catamarans is a popular mainstream catamaran, build by the Catana shipyard. Catana saw the need for a cheaper version of their current Catana Catamarans, so they developed the Bali Catamaran brand. Their new brand made them able to compete with the other catamaran shipyards that were already manufacturing an increasing amount of catamarans for charter and private use. Bali’s main difference from other brands is their lack of a crossbeam between the hulls on the bow. And instead of having trampolines, the area is filled in with a lounge area for guests.
Lagoon Catamarans is the world’s largest catamaran builder. They have built catamarans since 1985, and their models are known for being practical and affordable. New technology and materials have made all catamarans lighter, and new designs have made them both look better and sail faster. Lagoon’s are commonly used by charter companies due to price and layouts, and many adventurers have sailed around the world in a Lagoon catamaran.
Starting off as a vision of a vessel that could withstand the harsh waters of Cape Hatteras, the first hull was manufactured just one year later by the owner and fisherman Willis Slane. This was the first all-fiberglass hull over 40’. What followed later is proof of the legacy, craftsmanship, design, and engineering that still is considered the brand’s hallmark today. Hatteras Yachts are known for their usability, durability, practicality, and quality. If a brand should every claim to the “best” brand out there, it would be hard to find reasons to deny Hatteras that title.
Horizon Yachts, established in 1987 by John Lu, who has a passion for luxury yachts and a love for the ocean. Since the beginning, Horizon has positioned itself as a leading yacht brand in the luxury megayacht market. Horizon Yachts is representing 30% of Taiwan’s export of yachts, and has elevated Taiwan as one of the world’s Top 5 luxury yacht building nations. Horizon Yachts has been awarded the “Best Asian Motor Yacht Builder” 6 years in a row and is the only Asian member of SYBAss (Superyacht Builder’s Association). With new innovative designs, more models available the last couple of years, this is a brand with a great future.
Sea Ray used to be one of the world’s largest manufacturers. But they cut down production to smaller boats only a few years back. They are still considered a pioneer in the use of fiberglass and composites, and Sea Ray’s innovations and designs put them at the top spot of the world’s boat builders for over half a century. The new and smaller boats from Sea Ray do still combine innovate styling, design, and advanced engineering concepts across their product lines:
Sport Boats, Sport Cruisers, Sport Yachts, and Luxury Yachts.
San Lorenzo Yachts, established in 1958, have gained popularity in the US the last few years. For good reasons. San Lorenzo Yachts are truly an Italian design, but with an American twist. They have realized that the American market is very different that the Mediterranean market, and have successfully implemented technical solution, designs, and layouts better suited for the American market.
This resulted in increased sales, and the brand is known for their attention to details, comfort, luxury feel, and modern interiors