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Australia : Owner's Story

A new Gran Turismo 40 for the Haynes

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Gran Turismo 40 Handover by Flagstaff our Beneteau Dealer in Australia

Charlie Haynes knows the Beneteau brand well. He has raced on Beneteaus in the past and completed the Sydney to Hobart. However, Charlie’s wife, Sam isn’t really a ‘yachtie’ and so when the time came to look for their dream boat, she liked the idea of a power cruiser. With their four children grown up now, Sam wanted something that they could just get on and just go…and something that was easy to maintain.

We asked the couple a few questions on handover day to find out more about why they chose the Beneteau brand and the Gran Turismo.

Watch the video here and read their story


They came across the Gran Turismo 40 and went to see it at the Sydney International Boat Show in 2017.

“That was great because we got to touch and feel it,“ says Charlie.

For Sam, she likes the ongoing relationship with Flagstaff Marine which began at the Boat Show and meeting Flagstaff sales team member, Caju. Also, the size of the Gran Turismo 40 was a big plus.

“I think it was probably the right size for us. A lot of the boats were a little bit bigger and we just didn’t need that because primarily it will just be us two and the dog on the boat. So there was no need for two heads. No need for a second galley because we’ve got the BBQ and that’s probably all we need,” says Sam.