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 Racing and pushing boats to their limits helps you understand the powerful way they work and the performance challenge. My architectural approach is different in that it is based on experience.

Racer and architect

Sam Manuard stands out like a bright star among the many racing yacht architects. This is because he is both a racer and an architect. A qualified geophysical engineer, at the age of 28 he chose to go back to his passion for ocean racing. He quickly made a name for himself by obtaining good results on a wide variety of boats, such as the Mini 6.50, Figaro-Beneteau, Class 40, Orma and Multi 50.

When he doesn’t sail, Sam draws and designs sailing yachts, making the most of his racing experience. At sea, he is in full command of his boat, as he has a broad understanding of her potential and constraints. In his architect’s office, his vision is very pragmatic enabling him to develop winning boats.
With numerous success stories in the design of racing boats, Sam Manuard has now extended his work to cruisers.

I am passionate, I have an inquiring mind, and I am interested in anything that floats, makes travel easy and gives few thrills!

The Seascape Adventure

In 2009, he designed the first boat built by the young Slovenian boatyard called Seascape. The Seascape 18, a racing dayboat that can also be used as a cruiser, met with dazzling success and propelled the young boatyard to the forefront of recent trends in boat design. The deal to continue working together was sealed and Sam began to design the Seascape 27 enthusiastically. The boat made its first series of tacks in 2012. Then came the Seascape 24, which won the European Boat of the Year 2016 award, and the Seascape 14, launched in late 2017. They both made quick inroads into the dinghy for sheer pleasure category.

Modern racing cruisers must give their crews all the comfort they need without heavy or space-consuming luxuries inside or out. The main luxuries of this type of sailing yacht are safety, ergonomics and a performance similar to modern racing yachts but attainable with a limited crew.

Seascape 14

Seascape to Beneteau

Early this summer, Beneteau bought Seascape with the goal of renewing its offer in a segment that shaped its history: small, affordable high-performance sailing yachts that everyone can sail. These four 14 to 27 foot Seascape boats, designed by Sam Manuard are easy to transport and sail, and meet all the requirements of a new generation of sailors keen to enjoy themselves without the burden of technical complexities. They are now the basis for the new First range and Sam Manuard will remain involved in the design of the bigger First sailing yachts of the 7th generation.

Sam is now thought of as one of the most talented of the new generation of naval architects. He began his sailing career as a racer in the mini class, and then moved on to designing boats. He now puts his talent to good use among big names in ocean racing. His boats win most of the class 40 races and he is the man behind the outstanding performance of the small new First sailing yachts.

first range

DESIGNS

First 14 SE

First 14 SE

The First 14 SE delivers the excitement, speed and fun of high-performance racing skiffs in a modern, accessible, safe and really easy-to-handle sport dinghy. The build quality and the high-tech materials allow you to push the boat in stronger winds, additional sail area options will also guarantee thrills in even the lightest of airs. Her removable wheels and overall weight – which allow her to be transported on the roof of a car – make it the ideal answer to an active lifestyle.

First 18 SE

First 18 SE

The First 18 SE is a modern and fun gateway to keel-boat sailing. A wide, flat and stable hull, ballasted swinging keel, gennaker snuffer system, furling jib, and minimized deck controls all facilitate an easy-to-handle yet lively sailing experience. Easily dismantled and trailered, she'll surely fulfill racing ambitions in international one-design classes as well as adventurous sea-camping.       

First 24 SE

First 24 SE

The First 24 SE is a modern high-tech sport cruiser, capable of delivering thrilling performance in a versatile package that is easy to use and maintain. She is of course trailerable, and her smart mast-raising system allows a single user to launch and go, giving her access to a wide variety of cruising and racing grounds, from international one-design regattas to coastal adventure races. And at the end of the day, she will welcome you with a basic but smart interior, offering all basic cruising amenities for four people. No matter the mode, she is a pure sailing sensation.

First 27 SE

First 27 SE

The First 27 SE brings the cutting edge of offshore racing into the hands of recreational sailors – the performance, the technology, the community, and of course, the exhilaration. As an all-weather, one-design offshore racer, her Samual Manuard-designed hull delivers an extraordinary sailing experience.

First 14

First 14

Building on the legacy of the legendary BENETEAU Wizz, the First 14 reproduces the exhilarating world of fast planing dinghies. Light, accessible, and easy to handle, the boat is perhaps best described as essentially fun, and the quality of her build simplifies maintenance and guarantees worry-free ownership.

First 24

First 24

In designing the first 24, Jean-Marie FINOT has done the impossible : a real family cruiser, five berths in three separate cabins, a good sailer, and tralable. When holiday time comes, the First 24 is wiling to take the road before the sea.

First 27

First 27

Designed for fast ocean cruising, the First 27 is, above all, an extremely safe sailing boat.