“FIRST was born forty-five years ago with the launch of the legendary FIRST 30, and we doubly celebrate the occasion this year with the announcement of the FIRST 36 in January and the arrival of the FIRST 44 today, finalizing the renewal of a standard-bearing range now entirely redrawn and complete”, says Yann Masselot, BENETEAU's Brand Director. “ The boat pencils itself in among such great 40’ to 45’ BENETEAU yachts as the FIRST 40.7, the 45f5 or more recently the FIRST 40 and 45”.



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Today, the FIRST 44 embodies a natural link between the FIRST 36 and FIRST 53, equally refining and redefining performance, elegance and comfort - a new Biscontini/Argento creation that truly denies itself nothing. She’s a lovely sailing yacht with a remarkable design, offering through her architecture and build quality an experience underway that is simply second to none.


With the new FIRST 44, BENETEAU has delivered the noblest version of a “racer/cruiser”: an elegant and comfortable yacht that provides unequaled enjoyment under sail. With the same methodical approach honed on his work on America Cup racers, Roberto Biscontini went through several revisions and improvements to deliver a powerful and well-balanced hull, which is coupled with an ample sail plan to deliver lively sailing in any conditions.

The FIRST 44 was imagined with two deck layouts to satisfy a greater variety of wishes and needs. The FIRST 44 version distinguishes itself with a inviting and comfortable cockpit, where wide side-decks converge towards a folding cockpit table. Four winches, a fixed centerline block for the mainsheet, and a mast that is set further aft all maximize the potential of her modern sail plan, defined by a slender mainsail and generously sized foresails.

In order to make serious performance even more accessible, BENETEAU used experience from ballast systems and the Figaro 2 to deliver that same technology to FIRST 44 owners; twin 80-gallon ballast tanks, activated electronically from the helm stations, offer the possibility of reaching the boat’s full potential with reduced crew.

On the FIRST 44 PERFORMANCE, deck ergonomics were studied and developed with fully crewed regattas in mind. Equipment and systems are geared towards racing, such as the foam non-skid surfaces that replace the teak on the cockpit sole, six well-placed winches and a conventional mainsail traveller. The rigging and sail setup include a 4 ½’ bowsprit, a hydraulic backstay, a powerful in-hauler system and a performance keel/mast combo that will satisfy the most demanding captains and crews.


The FIRST 44 is infused with Lorenzo Argento’s style, a distinctive blend of elegance and modernity. Her three-cabin, two-head layout is a combination of quality materials interwoven into a masterful finish. In the salon the six-seater table stands opposite of the couch and nav station; its position in reference to the mast eases the movement between the galley and master stateroom, accentuating the spacious interior.

This arrangement is enhanced by superb craftsmanship, a refined combination of white lacquered surfaces, molded woods, touches of indirect lighting and a large selection of luxurious upholsteries.


Assembled in a specially dedicated workshop, the FIRST 44 takes full benefit of BENETEAU’s expertise and the knowledge of the industry’s sharpest minds. Subjected by their owners to the rigors of offshore racing, FIRSTs are always the result of a rigorous development and perfection process. The engineering of the FIRST 44 was entrusted to the Mer Forte firm, well known for its work on high-end blue-water race boats, including the celebrated Figaro BENETEAU 3.


The FIRST 44 is presented in two main setups, FIRST 44 and FIRST 44 PERFORMANCE, each with different deck plans and options for keels and masts.


She offers a streamlined interior layout that is modern and well lit, with a blend of white lacquered surfaces, molded woods and tasteful upholsteries.


She is crafted and finished in a dedicated workshop that delivers the full scope of BENETEAU expertise.

First 44 is born



This general equipment list is intended for general informational purposes only. The information contained herein is subject to change without notice and does not constitute a contractual agreement. We reserve the right to modify, revise, or discontinue any product, service, or feature mentioned in this document without prior notice. Any descriptions, representations, or statements made in this document are not to be considered binding unless explicitly stated otherwise in a formal contractual agreement.

Length Overall


14.65 m

Beam overall


4.25 m

Light displacement

23,142 lbs

10 500 kg

Air Draft Max


22.17 m

Draft Min


2.15 m

Draft Max


2.6 m

Fuel Capacity

53 US Gal

200 L

Water Capacity

98 US Gal

370 L

Max. engine power

57 HP

CE Certification

A12 / B12 / C14


First 44 – standard draft

First 44 – shoal draft

Performance draft

Performance draft ballast weight


Interior layout
First 44 deck plan
First 44 Performance deck plan

Interior layout

First 44 deck plan

First 44 Performance deck plan



Customer Care

Buying a BENETEAU doesn’t have to be a daunting task. We have teams of experts to guide you through the entire process – everything from sea trials, financing, and customization to after-sale commissioning, service, and maintenance. We are proud to have one of the largest, most highly-regarded dealer networks in the world. We’re ready to provide you with the assistance and expertise needed to launch you and your BENETEAU on a lifetime of happy, rewarding, and memorable voyages.