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First 300 Spirit

The First 300 Spirit is a 29’6” monohull sailboat designed by Jean Marie Finot and Pascal Conq. She was built by Bénéteau (France) and made of monolithic fiberglass / polyester. This sailboat was produced between 1994 and 1997 with 225 hulls completed.

The First 300 Spirit belongs to the First range.

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First 300 Spirit's   Main Features
Model First 300 Spirit
Type of hull Monohull
Shipyard
Designer Jean Marie Finot
Pascal Conq
Range First
Construction Hull:
monolithic fiberglass / polyester
Deck:
sandwich fiberglass / polyester
First built hull 1994
Last built hull 1997
Number of hulls built 225
Appendages Keel :
Fin with bulb
Helm 1 tiller
Rudder 1 spade rudder
Unsinkable No
Trailerable No
French navigation category 2
Standard public price (indicative only) N/A
First 300 Spirit's   Main dimensions
Length overall 29’ 8”
Hull length 29’ 6”
Waterline length 29’ 1”
Beam (width) 9’ 10”
Waterline beam (width) 7’ 8”
Draft 6’
Mast height from DWL 47’ 2”
Fore freeboard 3’ 7”
Mid-ship freeboard 3’ 1”
Light displacement 6724 lbs
Ballast weight 2425 lbs
Ballast type Cast iron
French customs tonnage 7.70 Tx
First 300 Spirit's   Rig and sails
Upwind sail area 560 sq.ft
Downwind sail area 1091 sq.ft
Mainsail area 273 sq.ft
Genoa area 286 sq.ft
Symetric spinnaker area 818 sq.ft
Rigging type Sloop Marconi fractional
Spars Mast and boom in Aluminum
Standing rigging Continuous
Number of levels of spreaders 1
Spreaders angle 15 °
IiFore triangle height (from mast foot to fore stay attachment) 40’ 4”
JiFore triangle base (from mast foot to bottom of forestay) 328’ 1”
PiMainsail hoist measurement (from tack to head) 38’ 2”
EiMainsail foot measurement (from tack to clew) 12’ 7”
First 300 Spirit's   Performances
HN (French rating) 21.0
Upwind sail area to displacementiThe ratio sail area to displacement is obtained by dividing the sail area by the boat's displaced volume to the power two-thirds.
The ratio sail area to displacement can be used to compare the relative sail plan of different sailboats no matter what their size. Upwind : under 18 the ratio indicates a cruise oriented sailboat with limited performances especially in light wind, while over 23 it indicates a fast sailboat.
24.73
Downwind sail area to displacementiThe ratio sail area to displacement is obtained by dividing the sail area by the boat's displaced volume to the power two-thirds.
The ratio sail area to displacement can be used to compare the relative sail plan of different sailboats no matter what their size. Upwind : under 18 the ratio indicates a cruise oriented sailboat with limited performances especially in light wind, while over 23 it indicates a fast sailboat.
48.21
Displacement-Length ratio (DLR)iThe Displacement Length ratio is a figure that points out the boat's weight compared to its waterline length. DLR is obtained by dividing the boat's displacement in tons by the cube of one one-hundredth of the waterline length (in feet).
The DLR can be used to compare the relative mass of different sailboats no matter what their length: a DLR less than 180 is indicative of a really light sailboat (race boat made for planning), while a DLR greater than 300 is indicative of a heavy cruising sailboat.
124
Ballast ratioiThe Ballast ratio is an indicator of the stability; it is obtained by dividing the boat's displacement by the weight of the ballast. Since the stability depends also of the hull shape and the position of the center of gravity, only boats with similar ballast arrangements and hull shape should be considered.
Higher the ballast ratio is, greater is the stability.
36 %
Hull speediAs a ship moves in the water, it creates standing waves that oppose its movement. This effect increases dramatically the resistance when the boat reaches a speed-length ratio (speed-length ratio is the ratio between the speed in knots and the square root of the waterline length in feet) of about 1.2 (corresponding to a Froude Number of 0.35) . This very sharp rise in resistance, between speed-length ratio of 1.2 to 1.5, is insurmountable for heavy sailboats and so becomes an apparent barrier. This leads to the concept of "hull speed".
The hull speed is obtained by multiplying the square root of the waterline length (in feet) by 1.34.
7.22 knots
First 300 Spirit's   Auxiliary engine
Engine(s) 1
Engine type Inboard engine
Engine (min/max) 9 HP / 18 HP
Fuel type Diesel
Fuel tank capacity 7.9 gal
First 300 Spirit's   Accommodation
Cabin(s) 2
Berth(s) (min/max) 6
Head(s) 1
Fresh water tank capacity 23.8 gal
Maximum headroom 5’ 8”
First 300 Spirit's   Saloon
Berth length 6’ 7”
Berth width (head/feet) 2’
First 300 Spirit's   Fore cabin
Berth length 7’ 2”
Berth width (head/feet) 5’ 2”
0’ 4”
First 300 Spirit's   Aft cabin
Berth length 6’ 7”
Berth width (head/feet) 4’ 11”
3’ 10”

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