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 Boat-Specs.com, in Shoal draft
version (see all the versions compared
First 375's main features
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
38’ 1”11.6 m
33’ 1”10.1 m
12’ 6”3.8 m
6’ 6”1.98 m
Light displacement (MLC)
15432 lb7000 kg
5291 lb2400 kg
First 375's rig and sails
Upwind sail area
817 ft²75.88 m²
322 ft²29.91 m²
495 ft²45.97 m²
Sloop Marconi masthead
Keel stepped mast
Number of levels of spreaders
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.
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.
First 375's auxiliary engine
1 inboard engine
Engine(s) power (min./max.)
28 HP / 43 HP
Fuel tank capacity
25.1 gal95 liters
First 375's accommodations and layout
Closed aft cockpit
2 / 3
4 / 8
Freshwater tank capacity
105.7 gal400 liters
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