First 36

Designed for sailors
From 238 813€ (VAT excluded)*
Special offer available

*Recommended retail price. Value-Added Tax is subject to change, according to the country of purchase. For pricing information, availability and product characteristics, thank you to contact your dealer.

You can now experience the thrill of high-performance sailing – not only on the race course, but also on family holidays or day-sailing trips.
We have made this possible through a carefully placed high-tech and meticulously designed deck and interior ergonomics, which is bringing the most important features of grand prix racing boats into the hands of a club racer or active cruiser.
First 36 is the first mainstream racer/cruiser where onboard comfort doesn’t affect the experience of high performance sailing.

EXCLUSIVE:  In April and May, reserve your sea trial aboard the First 36, wherever you are in Europe. 

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NAVAL ARCHITECT : Samuel Manuard
Design : Lorenzo Argento
Structural engineering : Pure Design & Engineering
Innovation and research : Sito


First 36 - Voilier de l'année 2023
Cruising World's 2023 Boat of the Year Awards first 36
British Award 2022 Winner
Boat of the year 2023 - Sailing World - First36
Best Boats winners - Top 10
European Yacht of the Year 2023 - Winner


Sea trials

For the special occasion of the 140-year anniversary of the BENETEAU brand, the BENETEAU dealer network is holding exclusive sea trials, throughout Europe, of this multi-award-winning sailboat.  Contact your dealer right away to plan your sea trial, from April 1st through the end of May. 


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When you boat can do 14 knots on jib alone, fun and excitement will result in simply sailing more. 


Our designers are not only world-class names from the nautical industry but also passionate sailors and friends. In this project, they found a common goal of designing a true sailing boat for the coming age.


A modern hull design brings about an extensive interior volume. This allows for an interior with the size and comfort of a 40-footer from the previous generation.


The hull, deck, bulkheads and interior components are fully cored and vacuum infused. Everything contributes to structural strength. To date, this building technique has only been used in racing or expensive niche brands. The result is a very stiff boat, weighing only 4.800 kg.


The cockpit is modular, as it needs to address a wide variety of setups. Removable bench extensions transform the cockpit area into a comfortable cruising lounge.
When extensions are removed, the cockpit has an ergonomic and efficient racing/shorthanded setup.


A whole new sailing experience opens up when you can achieve double-digit boat speeds easily and in complete control.

The main components of making this possible are the light weight and the world-class nautical design of Sam Manuard. An ergonomic and extremely precise steering system is also vital. With race-grade rudder blades, the steering wheels remain light and direct even when planing downwind or at higher heeling angles.

To stay true to its 40 years of Beneteau heritage, a First needs to excel in fully-crewed club racing, relaxed family cruising as well as shorthanded sailing. Cockpit ergonomics was one of the main focuses in the design process. The higher wheel position gives the helmsman direct access to the mainsail winch, an important detail for shorthanded sailing.


The First 36 features a traditional three-cabin layout. To maximize living space in the saloon, the bathroom footprint is minimized, using an innovative foldable sink. The extra space makes room for a navigation table/onboard office.

Another innovation standing out in the saloon is the standalone fridge island. A removable cutting board can significantly extend the working surface of the standard L-shape galley and make it the largest kitchen area in the class.

High-quality wooden details, in combination with minimalistic GRP, provide a modern, elegant living space below deck.

A connected boat

The mobile application, Seanapps, and its onboard unit lets you view the status of the boat's various systems (battery charge, fuel or water tank levels, maintenance scheduling) via your smartphone, as well as planning your route or reviewing your sailing status using your mobile phone.



Length Overall


10.97 m

Beam overall


3.8 m

Lightship Displacement

10,580 lbs

4 800 kg

Draught Min


2.25 m

Cabin Number



Press Reviews

Yachting World

Beneteau First 36 review: Is this the best First yacht in years? - Read the article

Sail world

First 36 has her first test in Denmark Read the article



Beneteau services

With teams for sea trials, financing, customization, events, an after-sales service, and a network of dealers worldwide, BENETEAU delivers the help and expertise every boat owner needs throughout his boating life maintaining an enduring customer relationship.