Beneteau First 36

  • Beneteau First 36
  • Beneteau First 36
  • Beneteau First 36
  • Beneteau First 36
  • Beneteau First 36
  • Beneteau First 36
  • Beneteau First 36
  • Beneteau First 36
  • Beneteau First 36
  • Beneteau First 36
  • Beneteau First 36
  • Beneteau First 36



Whether racing or cruising, the First 36 offers comfort, performance and elegance.


The BENETEAU First 36 has a mission to bridge the gap between high-tech development in the world of racing and mainstream racer-cruisers. To be specific, even the standard version of First 36 will fully plane in a moderate breeze.


However, this by itself was not the main challenge for the design and production teams. For 40 years, the Firsts were successfully hitting the elusive sweet spot between comfort, performance, utility, elegance, high-tech construction, and reasonable price. The First 36 is no different.


Perfectly optimised for short-handed sailing, the First 36 is a high performance boat thanks to its very high sail area/displacement coefficient and its balanced nautical design.

A standard aluminium mast, a cast iron keel and a 2.25m draught have been chosen to offer the best compromise between performance and ease of use.


In this configuration, the wide and modern cockpit offers the possibility to sail efficiently either for short-handed or fully-crewed sailing. A higher than average steering wheel position leaves to the helmsman to move forward to the mainsail winch when sailing shorthanded. The mainsail trimmers work efficiently thanks to the position of the winches.


In cruising mode, the additional lockers and their cushions offer increased seating capacity and comfort. In the cockpit, 6 guests can sit around the table.
The ultra-light bathing platform extends the living space without compromising the boat's performance.


As well as being fast, the First 36 is also simple, comfortable and multi-purpose. Its spacious interior is comparable to its predecessors and offers 3 double cabins.

The large central fridge is equipped with a removable cutting board. This feature makes the First 36's galley the largest in its class. In the saloon, the corridor created with the folding table and its removable flaps facilitates safe movement forward. A large chart table can also be used as an on-board office depending on your needs.

Three cabins with double berths and an innovative head complete the spacious interior. A minimum of two portholes in each cabin provide ventilation and natural light, while indirect lighting discreetly illuminates the boat at night.

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Naval Architect:
Samuel Manuard

Lorenzo Argento

Structural engineering:
Pure Design & Engineering

Innovation and research:

Hull Length: 11,00 m / 36’ 1’’

Hull Length with bowsprit:: 11,98 m / 39’ 4’’

Hull Beam: 3,80 m / 12’ 6’’

Draught - Standard keel: 2,25 m / 7' 4,6''

Light displacement: 4800 KG / 10580 lbs

Ballast: 1550 kg / 34210 lbs

Upwind sail area: 80 m² / 860 sq. ft

Downwind sail area: 180 m² / 1930 sq. fr

Mainsail: 39 m² / 420 ft²

Jib: 36 m² / 388 ft²

Fractional furling gennaker: 58 m² / 624 ft²

Masthead gennaker: 141 m² / 1518 ft²

Max Engine Power (Hp): 25

CE design category: A6


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