High performance cruising is the focus of this boat: the Beneteau First 36

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Beneteau First 36 under sail
Beneteau First 36 under sail

Asporty feel is prevalent on the
Beneteau First 36
, a project by Sam Manuard and design by Lorenzo Argento that aims to become a reference in the high-performance cruiser segment. The boat for fast sailing while having fun – cruising and why not racing – at the right price.

Beneteau First 36 – Lightweight and clean deck

The 11-meter length and 3.80-meter beam are the first identikit features of this boat, along with the draft (2.25 m), if we look at the first data on the data sheet. It is actually the boat’s very light weight – 4.8 tons – that is the main feature that allows the
Beneteau First 36
to achieve the perfect cruiser/racer profile. The composite structure made of vacuum infusion, like most interiors, and the minimal cut of the furniture save weight and space. The deck is very clean and simplified, with a large cockpit and the two steering wheels with winches and all maneuvers available even while sitting. In cruise mode, a large central (folding) table with two additional seats can be set up. The boat has a sail area of 80 square meters upwind, which becomes 180 at upwind gaits.

Interior

Beneteau First 36 - interior
Beneteau First 36 – interior

The interior of the Beneteau First 36 are extremely rational, and even special choices were made to carve out a large chart table. For example, in the bathroom, where space has been minimized and the sink is collapsible and located above the toilet, and in the kitchen area, which sees the refrigerator separated from the rest of the furniture in a kind of island in the center of the living room. This allows for a taller and deeper refrigerator, but also for more room to move around unimpeded. The refrigerator area can still be connected to the kitchen area with a removable panel, epr to create a single countertop. The classic three-cabin layout includes two twins in the stern, with bunks that can be folded down halfway and use the space for stowage, and the double owner’s cabin in the bow.

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