Code 3

Vintage Racer

This recent yacht is a veritable masterpiece of technology, design and attitude, revolutionizing the world of Maxi yachts… Wide hull, inverted sheer, inverted bow, small dog house, huge flush deck, interior loft; this boat’s general appearance and statistics (weight, speed, etc…), go well beyond the mainstream and border on the insolent…

Inspired by the 100′ ocean racers, the Code 3, designed by Sam Manuard shortly after the Imoca l’Occitane en Provence, is destined for offshore cruising and racing. Her silhouette and charm are the result of a combination of historic and modern lines, a signature Black Pepper® design (dog house, teak deck…). On board, nothing is left to chance: high-tech carbon construction, ergonomics, ease of maneuvering, luxurious equipment and materials, living space, cabins, bathrooms, tender garage, cockpit saloon. Everything is designed to ensure owners comfort, safety and autonomy.

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The story

Between Code 0, a 10-meter day-boat 10 years her senior, and Code 3, the style has endured and the lines remain the same. Rarely has a manufacturer so faithfully cultivated its exclusive style!

There are taut lines, a straight edge low to the water, and a gentle blend of carbon grey and blond teak throughout the deck. The final visual touch is the brand’s signature square doghouse roof, inspired by the classic boats of the East Coast of the USA.


Code 3 is of course fully customizable:

  • Number of cabins and interior layouts.
  • Decoration, furniture, materials.
  • Sails.
  • Electronics.
  • Onboard comfort: air conditioning, desalinator, hydro generator, bow thrusters, solar panels, etc.
  • Lifting keel.
  • Ballast.

At sea

The gauges go wild! Corsica is now just a few hours’ sail from Saint Tropez… More than two figures on the dials…

On deck, Code 3 is faithful to the shipyard’s philosophy: the ropes all reach the 2 pianos at the rear of the cockpit, passing under the teak deck. The Code 3 is a racer designed to be sailed by a small crew!

The halyards, sheets and headsail furlers are operated by electric winches that can be disengaged. Two spaces in the cockpit separate the maneuvering from the guests seated in the deck saloon; combining comfort and performance in two clearly dedicated areas…

Below deck, in a minimalist neo-industrial style, there is a huge loft-style saloon with a galley separated by an island, to which are adjoined four beautiful, bright double cabins, each with its own bathroom. Two crew cabins, a sail locker, a garage for the tender and a technical area complete the clever layout of this boat.


  • LOA 82.3 '
  • Beam 21.3 '
  • Draft 11/18 '
  • Upwind sails area 3,605 ft²
  • Downwind sails area 3,605/7,373 ft²
  • Rig Carbon
  • Weight 46,300 lbs
  • Engine 150 HP
  • Construction Carbon Epoxy
  • EC Category A
  • Cabins 4x2 et 2x2
  • Architect Sam Manuard
  • Builder Black Pepper©
  • General Design M. de Franssu
  • Launch 2021

All technical data is provided for information only and does not constitute a contractual commitment. They may be modified by Black Pepper SAS without notice.


360° inside and outside views

Ship building

The Code # is built from dry carbon fibre and epoxy resin. Each part is made using the infusion process, which keeps the weight down by optimally controlling the quantities of resin used. This process consists of placing parts draped in dry carbon fabric under vacuum in a mould closed by a tarpaulin, which are then impregnated under vacuum by injection of the required quantity of resin, which is drawn in by the vacuum created in the mould.

The hull and deck are built in separate moulds and then assembled manually by gluing and laminating. The entire boat structure is first assembled by gluing and laminating in the hull.

The whole structure is then coated and painted before the integration of systems (rudders, keel, power, engine, etc.), electronic and electrical components, fittings, teak, fittings, preparation of the mast and boom.

Code 3 en construction