Groupe Beneteau Brands Forge a New Mid-Atlantic Partnership

Jeanneau and Excess Catamarans join Chesapeake Bay’s Crusader Yacht Sales in a hunt for new sailboat buyers.

On hand to announce the Crusader Yacht Sales and Jeanneau-Excess partnership are Nick Harvey, president of Jeanneau America, Crusader’s Mike Titgemeyer and Annapolis Mayor Gavin Buckley.Courtesy Jeanneau America

Mid-Atlantic area sailors will have their choice of one hull or two, and all from the same dealer if they’re in the market for a new sailboat from two of Groupe Beneteau’s product lines. Crusader Yacht Sales has just been announced as the region’s new distributor of Jeanneau sailboats and Excess Catamarans, a line introduced last year by the French boat builder.

Crusader owner Mike Titgemeyer said both brands are a good fit for his sales team, which has offices in Port Annapolis and Solomons Island. Crusader plans to have a number of models from both on display at next fall’s U.S. Sailboat Show, scheduled for Annapolis on Oct. 8 to 12.

“We are delighted to welcome Crusader Yacht Sales to the Jeanneau family,” said Nick Harvey, President of Jeanneau America. “Adding a partner like Crusader allows us to strengthen our footprint in the local market. We’re excited to continue growing the Jeanneau community in the Annapolis area.”

Fred Signat, director of Excess Catamarans in North America, notes that “Adding a strong partner like Crusader, established since 1982 allows us to expand our network on the East Coast.