Herbulot popularised sailing in France and in other European countries, by designing (as early as 1950) sea-proof plywood built crafts, easy to handle, cheap to build, and practical for sailing schools. Among his most popular creations are: Caravelle, Corsaire, Cotre des Glenans, Maraudeur, and Vaurien.

Herbulot also represented France in four Olympic Games, Los Angeles (1932, Star Class), Kiel (1936, Star Class), Torquay (1948, Firefly Class), and Melbourne (1956, 5,50 JI Class).