BENETEAU First 36, designed by sailors for sailors
The new First 36 is not a sailing boat like the others. Its mission? To bridge the gap between high-performance ocean racing boats and mainstream cruisers. This is a very ambitious challenge for the BENETEAU brand, which wants to position its First range as the reference in the high-performance cruiser sector.
Built in Slovenia by the SEASCAPE shipyard, the First 36 remains faithful to the spirit of the First 30, the first of its name, and revives the success of the 40.7, the latest reference in the field of racing-cruising. The major challenge for the design and production teams was to continue the 40-year tradition of First: to find the right balance between comfort, performance, utility, elegance, construction quality and reasonable price.
The First 36 has met this challenge!
Samuel Manuard, historical naval architect of the First and First SE from 14 to 27 feet, unveils here a brand new model Made in BENETEAU: the First 36.
"People are surprised by the fact that the boat is very rich in sensations and fun to sail. It's a modern boat in the sense that it has a fairly powerful hull that has proven itself in ocean racing. It is quite balanced, which gives the boat a good behavior, especially downwind, and allows it to leave the planning quickly. It is not extreme either, like a racing boat with a too flat hull. It's a good compromise between a thrill boat and a boat for cruising with friends or family."
Although fast, the First 36 is also simple, comfortable and versatile. Its interior living space is comparable to that of its predecessors and offers 3 double cabins.
About Groupe Beneteau
Founded in Vendée 139 years ago by Benjamin Bénéteau, Groupe Beneteau today has international industrial capabilities, with 22 production sites, and a global sales network. In 2022, Groupe Beneteau recorded €1.5bn of revenues, employing around 8,000 people, primarily in France, the United States, Poland, Italy and Portugal.
A global market leader, Groupe Beneteau, thanks to its Boat division’s nine brands, offers more than 150 recreational boat models serving its customers’ diverse navigational needs and uses, from sailing to motorboating, monohulls and catamarans.
Through its Boating Solutions division, the Group is also present in the daily or weekly rental services, marina, digital and financing sectors.
Its Housing division is a major European player for leisure homes, lodges and pods, with its 3 brands (IRM, O'HARA, COCO SWEET) offering a wide range of products. It has 900 employees across six production sites in France and one in Italy, and generated €257.2m of revenues in 2022.
Boat brands: BENETEAU, JEANNEAU, LAGOON, PRESTIGE, DELPHIA, EXCESS, FOUR WINNS, WELLCRAFT, SCARAB and GLASTRON.