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First 40 deep draft

The First 40, here in "deep draft" version, is a 40’2” monohull sailboat designed by Bruce Farr. She was built by Bénéteau (France) and made of monolithic fiberglass / polyester. This sailboat was produced between 2008 and 2016.

The First 40 belongs to the First range. The First 40 is as well listed, on Boat-Specs.com, in version Shoal draft and Lead keel.

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First 40's   Main Features
Model First 40
Version Deep draft
Type of hull Monohull
Category Cruiser-racer sailboat
Shipyard
Designer Bruce Farr
Range First
Construction Hull:
monolithic fiberglass / polyester
Deck:
sandwich balsa / fiberglass / polyester
First built hull 2008
Last built hull 2016
Appendages Keel :
Fin with bulb
Helm 1 wheel
Rudder 1 spade rudder
Cockpit Closed aft cockpit
Unsinkable No
Trailerable No
EC certification A
Standard public price ex. VAT (indicative only) N/A
First 40's   Main dimensions
Length overall 41’ 4”
Hull length 40’ 2”
Waterline length 35’
Beam (width) 12’ 10”
Draft 8’
Mast height from DWL 63’ 4”
Light displacement 17417 lbs
Ballast weight 6449 lbs
Ballast type Cast iron
French customs tonnage 15.54 Tx
First 40's   Rig and sails
Upwind sail area 974 sq.ft
Downwind sail area 2120 sq.ft
Mainsail area 538 sq.ft
Genoa area 436 sq.ft
Symetric spinnaker area 1421 sq.ft
Asymetric spinnaker area 1582 sq.ft
Rigging type Sloop Marconi fractional
Rotating spars No
Mast position Keel stepped mast
Spars Mast and boom in Aluminum (carbon fiber as an option)
Standing rigging Dyform
Number of levels of spreaders 3
Spreaders angle Swept-back
IiFore triangle height (from mast foot to fore stay attachment) 54’ 1”
JiFore triangle base (from mast foot to bottom of forestay) 15’ 1”
PiMainsail hoist measurement (from tack to head) 52’ 11”
EiMainsail foot measurement (from tack to clew) 18’ 2”
First 40's   Performances
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.
22.82
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.
49.66
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.
184
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.
37 %
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.
7.93 knots
First 40's   Auxiliary engine
Engine(s) 1
Engine type Inboard engine
Engine 40 HP
Fuel type Diesel
Fuel tank capacity 36.5 gal
First 40's   Accommodation
Cabin(s) 3
Berth(s) (min/max) 6 / 8
Head(s) 1
Fresh water tank capacity 52.8 gal
Water heater capacity 6.6 gal
Holding tank capacity 21.1 gal
Fridge/ice-box capacity 26.4 gal
Head headroom 6’ 1”
First 40's   Saloon
Maximum headroom 6’ 1”
First 40's   Fore cabin
Maximum headroom 6’
Berth length 6’ 8”
Berth width 5’ 2”
First 40's   Aft cabin
Maximum headroom 6’ 1”
Berth length 6’ 7”
Berth width 4’ 11”

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