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First 375 Deep draft

Sailboat specifications

The First 375 is a 37’ (11.27m) cruiser-racer sailboat designed by Jean Berret (France). She was built between 1985 and 1989 by Bénéteau (France) with 270 hulls completed. The Deep draft version displays a deeper fin allowing a lower center of gravity and extra performance especially upwind.

The First 375 is as well listed, on, in Shoal draft version (see all the versions compared).

First 375's main features

First 375
Deep draft
Hull type
Cruiser-racer sailboat
Sailboat builder
Sailboat designer
Sailboat range
GRP (glass reinforced polyester):
- Hull: Single skin fiberglass polyester
- Deck: Sandwich balsa fiberglass polyester
Number of hulls built
First built hull
Last built hull
Keel : fin without bulb
Single helm wheel
Single spade rudder
Former French navigation category
Standard public price ex. VAT (indicative only)

First 375's main dimensions

Overall length
38’ 1”11.6 m
Hull length
37’11.27 m
Waterline length
33’ 1”10.1 m
Beam (width)
12’ 6”3.8 m
6’ 6”1.98 m
Light displacement (MLC)
15432 lb7000 kg
Ballast weight
5291 lb2400 kg

First 375's rig and sails

Upwind sail area
817 ft²75.88 m²
Mainsail area
322 ft²29.91 m²
Genoa area
495 ft²45.97 m²
Rigging type
Sloop Marconi masthead
Mast configuration
Keel stepped mast
Rotating spars
Number of levels of spreaders
Spreaders angle
0 °
Spars construction
Aluminum spars
Standing rigging
1x19 strand wire

First 375's performances

Upwind sail area to displacement
 iThe 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 25 it indicates a fast sailboat.
223 ft²/T20.74 m²/T
Displacement-length ratio (DLR)
 iThe Displacement Length Ratio (DLR) is a figure that points out the boat's weight compared to its waterline length. The 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.
Ballast ratio
 iThe Ballast ratio is an indicator of stability; it is obtained by dividing the boat's displacement by the mass of the ballast. Since the stability depends also of the hull shapes and the position of the center of gravity, only the boats with similar ballast arrangements and hull shapes should be compared.

The higher the ballast ratio is, the greater is the stability.
34 %
Critical hull speed
 iAs 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.
7.71 knots

First 375's auxiliary engine

1 inboard engine
Engine(s) power (min./max.)
28 HP / 43 HP
Fuel type
Fuel tank capacity
25.1 gal95 liters

First 375's accommodations and layout

Closed aft cockpit
Cabin(s) (min./max.)
2 / 3
Berth(s) (min./max.)
4 / 8
Freshwater tank capacity
105.7 gal400 liters
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