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30th January 2023

Beneteau’s First 36 Wins “European Yacht of the Year” at Boot Düsseldorf

From 21 to 29 January, the world’s largest indoor boat show took place at the Messe Düsseldorf showground, with over 1,600 exhibitors from 50 countries displaying their wares. A major highlight of the Boot Düsseldorf show is the presentation of the “European Yacht of the Year” awards for sailing yachts and “Powerboat of the Year” awards for motorboats. Now in its 20th year, the European Yacht of the Year gala event was hosted on the opening night of the Boot Düsseldorf Boat Show on 21 January 2023.

We were very proud that Beneteau’s First 36 took home the European Yacht of the Year award in the Best Performance Cruiser category, adding to her already long list of awards. The jury panel recognised the First 36’s brilliant concept design, build quality and engineering, crowning her as the ultimate winner amongst her other tough competitors.

Designed by sailors for sailors, the Beneteau First 36 is a marvel of design expertise that channels passion and the harmony of balance. The First 36 was also crowned Sailing World’s 2023 Boat of the Year, for striking the ideal balance of comfort, performance, utility and technology.

Whether you are preparing for a short-handed adventure distance race or day sailing with the family, the First 36 can accommodate your every desire.

Asia will soon see the arrival of a brand new Beneteau First 36 into the region in May 2023. Please enquire with us at for full specifications or to arrange a viewing appointment.

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