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Description of the boat

This lovely sailing yacht, with a remarkable design, is today the natural link between the First 36 et First 53. It combines performance, elegance and comfort thanks to the quality of its equipment, which offers unequalled sailing pleasure.

With the new FIRST 44, BENETEAU draws to the noblest expression of the term “racer/cruiser”: an elegant and comfortable yacht that provides unequaled pleasure under sail. The generous sail plan allows the First 44 to be lively and efficient in all conditions.

NAVAL ARCHITECT : Roberto Biscontini

Design : Lorenzo Argento

Exterior design

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

In the FIRST 44 version, the cockpit is very convivial with a lovely cockpit table as well as its fluidity with a level access to the large clear gangways. Four winches, a fixed centerline block for the mainsheet and a mast that is set further aft all maximize the potential of her modern sailplan, defined by a slender mainsail and generously sized foresails. 

Two 300-litre ballast tanks, which can be activated electrically from the helm consoles, make it possible to maintain the boat's full potential.

On the FIRST 44 PERFORMANCE, deck ergonomics were studied and developed with fully crewed regattas in mind. Equipment and systems are totally geared towards racing, among which should be mentioned the foam non-skid surfaces that replace the teak on the cockpit sole, six well-placed winches and a conventional mainsail traveller.

Interior design

The First 44 offers a streamlined interior layout that is modern and luminous, with a blend of white lacquered surfaces, moulded woods and tasteful upholsteries. 

With three cabins and two heads, the interior is designed with quality finishes and materials to create a refined atmosphere.

In the saloon, the transverse table seats up to six people and faces the sofa and navigation station; its position in relation to the mast facilitates circulation between the galley and the owner's cabin, enhancing the feeling of space.

Highlights

The FIRST 44 has been designed with 2 deck plans to satisfy the various expectations of its owners: FIRST 44 and FIRST 44 PERFORMANCE.

The First 44 combines elegance and modernity with white lacquered furniture and moulded wood, carefully positioned indirect lighting and a wide range of upholstery.

The First 44 takes full benefit of BENETEAU's expertise and the knowledge of the best experts. More requested by their owners, the Firsts are the subject of very advanced development; the engineering was therefore entrusted to the Mer Forte design office, well known in ocean racing, and which held the same role for the Figaro Bénéteau 3. 

CHARACTERISTICS

Length overall :
from 46’5’’ M to 48’1’’ M (depending on version)
Hull Beam :
13’11’’
Light displacement :
22.708 lbs / 21.605 lbs (performance)
Fuel tank capacity :
58 US Gal
Fresh water capacity :
87 US Gal
Engine Power (Hp) :
57 HP
Standard draft
7’1’’
Standard ballast weight
7,275 lbs
Performance draft
8’6’’
Performance draft ballast weight
6,613 lbs
Air draft
63’8’’

ProfilEs

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

OTHER MODELS

First 36

First 36

You can now experience the thrill of high-performance sailing – not only on the race course, but also on family holidays or day-sailing trips. We have made this possible through a carefully placed high-tech and meticulously designed deck and interior ergonomics, which is bringing the most important features of grand prix racing boats into the hands of a club racer or active cruiser.First 36 is the first mainstream racer/cruiser where onboard comfort doesn’t affect the experience of high performance sailing.

First 27

First 27

First 27 delivers fun and modern downwind planing sailing thanks to modern design and building technologies. Families will go cruising, you'll enjoy a fun and exciting day sailing, and she will win trophies on the club races. Interior of this pocket-cruiser can welcome up to 6 persons and offers separated bow-cabin, open space saloon, galley with freshwater, fridge and separated classic marine toilet.

First 24

First 24

A smart pocket cruiser fun day-sailer or an exciting club racer all-in-one, she keeps the First promise of modern performance sailing. She can easily sleep up to 4 persons but at the same time still delivers fun, exciting and modern sailing experience. A completely retractable keel gives you access to cruising spots you missed so far and a possibility to launch and recover your 24 on an ordinary slipway, opening new opportunities. She will take you on relaxed family cruising and exciting day-sailings and bring home trophies from club races.

First 14

First 14

First 14 introduces the modern world of fast and planing dinghies to novice sailors. She is a light, fast and exciting dinghy designed with the sailor in mind. The promise of an accessible, easy-to-handle and, foremost, fun sailboat is fulfilled with the design, building technology and quality materials that also simplify maintenance.