About Us


Great Hudson only sells new Beneteau’s. No other make. Beneteau has the most solid pedigree of any sailboat today, with over 42,000 built worldwide, and with far more ocean miles logged than any other manufacturer. Most of the boats that we sell are built with pride in the United States; in Marion, South Carolina. Beneteau creates quality boats designed by some of the most talented naval architects and engineers in the world. They are built to the highest standards in the world’s most modern production facilities by skilled craftspeople utilizing cutting-edge technology. The benefits of the company’s unsurpassed purchasing muscle are passed through to the buyer in terms of remarkable value in these award-winning boats.


Great Hudson has been awarded by Beneteau for our superior customer care and service. Great Hudson Sailing Center received the Beneteau Dedication Award for February 2012- Neil Osborne.

“The Dedication Award is awarded to someone in sales or service who demonstrates a positive attitude, a strong commitment to the Beneteau product line and to his or her dealership. Effort and attitude decide the winner of this category. This month’s nominee is: Neil Osborne Great Hudson Sailing Sales Department “


Great Hudson’s goal is to have you to be totally at ease in your new boat, and so, uniquely among dealerships, and at no charge, we provide 20 hours of detailed, hands-on instruction on your new boat by one of our very experienced U.S. Coast Guard licensed captains. You will become thoroughly familiar with all of your new boat’s gear, equipment, and her handling capabilities.


Great Hudson is a member of the Jersey City Urban Economic Zone (U.E.Z.). This means that if you buy your new boat through our New York Harbor office in Jersey City, and are a New Jersey resident, or, if you homeport your new boat at one of the marinas in Jersey City, then we can charge you only 50% of the usual sales tax … i.e. 3.5% instead of 7%. A very worthwhile saving ! … and one which also applies to any pre-owned boat, of any manufacturer, that we have taken in on trade for a new Beneteau!


If a brand new Beneteau is still not in your budget, then please see our list of previously-cherished sailboats in NY, NJ, and CT… both Beneteau’s, and non-Beneteau’s. Our list of used sailboats is constantly changing, so just because you looked at it yesterday, don’t skip it today!


Great Hudson’s Sailing School is an American Sailing Association affiliate and has been in operation for three decades. Thousands of graduates are now sailing worldwide.

So, what makes us the best?

  • We combine technical tuition, the thrilling experience of hands-on sailing, and the majestic beauty of the Hudson River.
  • Our sailing instructors are seasoned, patient and all are licensed by the US Coast Guard.
  • Our modern Beneteau sailboats are safe, stable and non-capsizing. All are equipped with outboard motors and have private facilities.
  • Our comprehensive classes run all the way from Basic Sailing and Basic Coastal Cruising … thru Coastal Navigation to Radar Endorsement.
  • We are flexible. Private lessons can be arranged if our classes don’t fit your schedule.

Please click on our Sailing School link for full details.


Basic Sailing graduates can return to sail on one of our Beneteau First 235’s with an instructor for a more on-the-water experience.
Coastal Cruising graduates can sail our Beneteau 285, with an instructor, on your schedule. Friends and family (up to four passengers) are invited to join you.


Great Hudson goes the extra mile. Our technicians will travel to your boat, within a given radius, to deal with any warranty items that may crop up, install new equipment, and so on. Not all dealers go to this above-and-beyond level of care that we do. It’s just another of those Great Hudson touches that assures you that extra level of comfort with your new boat.


Great Hudson Sailing School started in 1978. We became a Beneteau dealer in 1986, and our New York Harbor office opened in Jersey City in 2006.