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Jeanneau taps Crusader as new Annapolis home in latest sailboat dealer shuffle

Jeanneau will be represented at the United States Sailboat Show this fall by Crusader Yachts.
Jeanneau will be represented at the United States Sailboat Show this fall by Crusader Yachts. (By Matthew Cole, Staff /)

Jeanneau, the French manufacturer of sailboats and yachts, named Crusader Yacht Sales in Annapolis as its new Mid-Atlantic dealer last week, completing a shuffle in the city’s maritime economy started in early June.

Crusader Yacht Sales, located on Back Creek, announced that it will represent Jeanneau and its sister company, Excess Catamarans, at the United States Sailboat Show in Annapolis in October. Both manufacturers are part of the Beneteau Group.

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Jeanneau, which has its North American headquarters in the city, will show its 490 and Jeanneau Yacht 51 at the City Dock fall event.

The Crusader announcement follows by less than a month the announcement that the longtime Jeanneau dealer in Annapolis, Atlantic Cruising Yachts, was ending its relationship with the manufacturer. Located on Spa Creek, it became the 10th U.S. dealer for Dufour Yachts and the only one in the Mid-Atlantic.

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Mike Titgemeyer, owner of Crusader Yachts, said Jeanneau builds innovative, high-quality boats. His yard on Back Creek will sell and service the boats. A Jeanneau-Crusader open house at the yard is scheduled July 18 and 19.

Crusader Yacht Sales has been in business since 1982, making it one of the older dealerships in the city’s maritime economy. It also represents Tartan Yachts, Legacy Yachts out of its Annapolis and Solomons Island locations.

Jeanneau began making sailboats and powerboats 1957 and has a network of 400 dealers around the world.

Dufour Yachts started in 1964, and was purchased by the boat maker Fountaine Pajot in 2018,

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