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. The First 36 is optimized for short-handed sailing, making her perfect for the ever-more-popular short-handed adventure distance races. Her very high sail area/displacement ratio and balanced nautical design make her a top performer as a club racer, a safe and fun family cruiser, or simply a thrilling daysailer. 


  • Hull Length 36' 1"
  • Hull Beam 12' 6"
  • Light Displacement 10,580 lbs
  • Draft Standard Keel 7' 5"
  • Ballast 3,420 lbs
  • Upwind Sail Area 860 sq ft
  • Downwind Sail Area 1,930 sq ft

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