Jeanneau Post Production
Jeanneau Post Production
What is a Jeanneau post production product? It is when a new boat is already constructed but not yet sold by all the Jeanneau distributors and perhaps (but not always) Jeanneau is no longer producing that model at the factory.
Why are they not just called stock boats? They could be, but fairly large numbers of boats can sometimes be produced and moved from the factory to a distribution centre for a dealer network to access them. The great news is that generally post production boats are boats that have run in production for a number of years.
Post production are tried and tested models that are normally upgraded by manufacturers in order to refresh the interest in a model.
Are Jeanneau boats in post-production becoming obsolete?
Certainly not, Jeanneau post production simply means that particular model has been replaced or upgraded. The Jeanneau boat dealer network often has models of boats on sale that went out of production a couple of years ago. Full warranty and spare parts are still available for an average of at least ten years, boats sold to the first end user will still be covered under the Jeanneau manufacturer warranty. Remember warranty starts when the first owner registration takes place and not when the dealer takes delivery. This is why it is important to establish the date of first registration when considering the purchase of a second hand or brokerage boat. Many boats sit at dealers for a couple of seasons. This is very normal for a boat dealer and it makes economic sense to have a more static display of boats.
More information about a new boat purchase.
If you’re confused about boats and new models don’t worry, the industry is still evolving and as you will read below the life span of a modern boat is incredibly long. Manufacturers such as Jeanneau need to bring out new models in order to keep the public interested and to encourage purchases as well as to keep in line with the competition and evolving industry. Quite often the latest model will only have a very slight change from its predecessor. It is important to keep in mind that unlike cars the expected life span of a boat exceeds 30 years.
Back in the 50s boats were generally made from wood, steel, or perhaps ferro cement (concrete). Products made of such materials for use in the leisure industry generally had a limited life span. This is because of the very nature of construction materials used for intended use, not being quite as robust as commercial craft. Boats and yachts were increasingly built to a price as the decades have progressed. Having said that, many wooden boats from the twenties and before are still being used today but they are an exception to the rule. When one looks at the heritage of construction, boats that have been around for a very long time are almost always boats that in their time were built for the very top end of the market, they would be priced accordingly, normally out of the reach of most individuals.
As we moved through into the 60s and seventies a revolution took place in boat building. Glass Reinforced Plastic (GRP) was introduced as the main construction component in the rapidly expanding marine leisure market. Boat builders started appearing all over the place as GRP was easy to use and relatively cheap to buy, as the resin is tied to the price of oil which was much cheaper in the early 70s. As the decade passed manufacturers learned how to use this revolutionary product in order to avoid osmosis in the future. Ultimately the giant boat builder was born of the sibling companies that had grown over the years.
Boats built in the UK;
We saw British makes such as Sealine, Princess, Fairline, Birchwood and Sunseeker, some of these brands mentioned have changed ownership over the years and some have now moved production overseas due to cheaper costs. The Yachting marine industry was badly hit during the recession of the 90s in the UK and the fantastic brands like Westerly and Moody failed to keep up with the competition, particularly the French and German companies. This was partly because of the endemic 70s style management system in the UK, and partly because of the strength of the Pound v Euro. Eventually super giant boat and yacht manufacturers like Jeanneau and Beneteau evolved and started to dominate boat production during the late 90s with all but a few boat builders going bust in the recession of the 90s.
During the recovery of the marine industry in the 00s the building giants grew at an alarming rate and became unstoppable. The Jeanneau and Beneteau group began building boats to supply a global market, rather than being concerned about individual markets they aimed for production in countries who were booming or recovering from economic downturn. During 2006 it was reported that a new boat left the production line from a Jeanneau/Beneteau factory every five minutes. Consider this in perspective of the entire industry. Just a few years earlier it would be the norm to purchase a boat or yacht using stage payment system. A purchaser would make a down payment on order then when the hull was laid a second payment was made about half way through production with the final instalment being paid when the boat was due to leave at the factory. Production in the fastest yards would normally have taken about six months to one year to make a craft but for Jeanneau /Beneteau to be able to complete the build of a craft on such a scale that boats would be leaving the production line every five minutes the average production would be cut to less than 2 months in some cases. The big players were producing huge numbers of boats in the 00’s.
Since 2008 we have seen a massive downturn in boat production on a global scale. Manufacturing giants such as Jeanneau have chased around the world to find emerging markets in order to be able to feed the factories they have created. Hence the need every couple of years to bring out new models. The reality being some models have simply had a simple badge or name change.
All that GRP has been filling the world with boats, boats that will last a lifetime, boats that can be restored over and over with new interiors and made like new again.
So where is it all going to end?
Predictions are that in the next 30 years boats from the 00s will be regularly reconditioned. New opportunities will emerge for entrepreneurs who will buy up old boats and restore them. New boat builders will eventually run out of ways to re-invent themselves as the market will become totally saturated with plastic boats.
So is the new boat you’re going to buy today going to drop in value because the manufacturer decided to change the model? We don’t believe it will. So our advice is if you’re looking to save money on the purchase of your new boat, buy a post-production model if you can find one new. It will often be discounted but will still have a full manufacturer warranty, as well as being a tried and tested model and probably last longer before it is reconditioned than you or I.