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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE OVER 40 YEARS DEDICATION SERVES MUCH DESERVED CELEBRATION Groupe Beneteau waves goodbye to Tom Wenstadt January 3, 2017Working for the bulk of his career in the marine industry, Technical Manager Thomas Wenstadt of Groupe Beneteau, CadillacFour Winns, Scarab Jet, Glastron, and Wellcraftis set for retirement on January 6, 2017. Playing an influential part in the successful growth of Groupe Beneteaus Four Winns, Tom holds several design patents, as well as a utility patent for the exclusive Four Winns Stable Vee hull thats still very much in use today. Inspired from the desire to provide a boat that is comfortable and safe to entire families, Tom worked with designing hull bottoms that provided lateral stability statically and dynamically. Shortly thereafter, Tom added stepped After Pods to the Stable Vee hull design which further enhanced hull stability in addition to greatly decreasing boat plane times. Yielding crisp, yet controllable turning characteristics along with enhancing boat stability, Tom and the Stable Vee were awarded with the Popular Mechanics Design in 1992. Alongside six patents at OMC, Tom also holds two patents with Mercury Marine. One of which, patented in 1977, the MerCruiser Auto Trim has been the forerunner in todays Mercury Marine Active Trim and Volvo Penta PTA (Powertrim Assist). In addition, Tom has also played a great factor in other areas at Groupe Beneteau, Cadillac by providing expertise in the establishment of structural integrity testing, material testing procedures, and bearing the role of a lamination engineer for the Four Winns, Scarab Jet, Glastron, and Wellcraft lines meanwhile providing essential insight in the launch of the Scarab Jet boat line-up in 2013. Furthermore, as a particular favorite, Tom has personally taken multiple designers on training cruises in order to prep them on assuming a position as a designer within the marine industry. Throughout his entire career, Tom has been instrumental in the continued improvement of multiple aspects within the marine and boat industry through his supportive demeanor and expertise. Graduating from the Michigan Technological University in 1975, Tom left school with a Bachelors of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering that emphasized in Internal Combustion Engines and Hydrodynamics. Going straight to work in the marine industry, Tom began his career at Mercury Marine as an Engineer from 19761980 and OMC (Outboard Marine Corp.) from 19801984. Following his stay at Teledyne Continental where he worked with and built airplane engines, Tom began his long tenure with Four Winns boats in 1988. Through is beloved interest in the marine industry, Tom also published a book in 2007. His book, Freighters of Manitowoc, chronicles the building of freight carrying vessels in Manitowoc, Wisconsin. Within the read youll learn about the builders, their vessels, and how their business interrelated to the town and its waterways over the course of a century and a half. As for the future, Tom has decided to stay within the marine business deciding to work as a Museum and Vessel Tour Guide and research assistant at Door County Maritime Museum and Wisconsin Maritime Museum. Groupe Beneteau, its brands, and all its employees would like to thank Tom for all his hard work, dedication, and proficiency that have propelled Four Winns, Scarab Jet, Glastron, Wellcraft, and all of the marine industry to where it is today. We wish Tom and his wife Chris the best of luck going forward and hope they have a wonderful retirement from our company. Kevin Herman, NA has accepted Tom Wenstadts responsibilities and will be the direct contact for future development. He will continue to work closely with Christophe Lavigne, VP of engineering and customer service. For more information: Doyle VanderPol Marketing 231.770.2300