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First 40.7 Shoal draft

Sailboat specifications

The First 40.7 is a 39’1” (11.92m) cruiser-racer sailboat designed by Farr Yacht Design (United States). She was built between 1997 and 2008 by Bénéteau (France). The Shoal draft version features a shorter keel to grant access to shallow areas.

The First 40.7 is as well listed, on, in Deep draft version (see all the versions compared).

First 40.7's main features

First 40.7
Shoal 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
About 550
First built hull
Last built hull
Keel : L-shaped keel (with bulb)
Single helm wheel
Single spade rudder
EC design category
 iThe CE design category indicates the ability to cope with certain weather conditions (the sailboat is designed for these conditions)

A: Wind < force 9, Waves < 10m
B: Wind < force 8, Waves < 8m
C: Wind < force 6, Waves < 4m
D: Wind < force 4, Waves < 0,5m
Standard public price ex. VAT (indicative only)

First 40.7's main dimensions

Overall length
39’ 11”12.17 m
Hull length
39’ 1”11.92 m
Waterline length
34’ 10”10.62 m
Beam (width)
12’ 5”3.78 m
6’ 2”1.9 m
Mast height from DWL
58’ 8”17.9 m
Light displacement (MLC)
15366 lb6970 kg
Ballast weight
5952 lb2700 kg
Ballast type
Cast iron
French customs tonnage
15.54 Tx

First 40.7's rig and sails

Upwind sail area
1021 ft²94.87 m²
Downwind sail area
1612 ft²149.73 m²
Mainsail area
485 ft²45.02 m²
Genoa area
537 ft²49.85 m²
Symmetric spinnaker area
1127 ft²104.71 m²
 iFore triangle height (from mast foot to fore stay top attachment)
51’ 2”15.61 m
 iFore triangle base (from mast foot to bottom of forestay)
14’ 6”4.41 m
 iMainsail hoist measurement (from tack to head)
48’ 11”14.89 m
 iMainsail foot measurement (from tack to clew)
17’ 8”5.4 m
Rigging type
Sloop Marconi 9/10
Mast configuration
Keel stepped mast
Rotating spars
Number of levels of spreaders
Spreaders angle
20 °
Spars construction
Aluminum spars (carbon fiber spars as an option)

First 40.7's performances

HN (French rating)
 iHN or "Handicap Nationale" is an empirical rating system used in France allowing various monohulls, of different sizes and designs, to race each other fairly. It is particularly suitable for cruiser and cruiser-racer. Therefore, by comparing these values, we can have an indication of the relative speed of 2 boats.
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.
280 ft²/T26 m²/T
Downwind 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.
442 ft²/T41.03 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.
39 %
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.
7.91 knots

First 40.7's auxiliary engine

1 inboard engine
Engine(s) power
40 HP
Fuel type
Fuel tank capacity
36.5 gal138 liters

First 40.7's accommodations and layout

Closed aft cockpit
Berth(s) (min./max.)
6 / 8
Freshwater tank capacity
71.9 gal272 liters
Fridge/ice-box capacity
23.8 gal90 liters
Boiler capacity
5.8 gal22 liters
Galley headroom
6’ 5”1.95 m
Head headroom
5’ 11”1.8 m

First 40.7's saloon

Maximum headroom
6’ 5”1.95 m
Berth length
6’ 1”1.85 m
Chart table
2’ 7”0.8 m x 1’ 11”0.58 m

First 40.7's fore cabin

Maximum headroom
6’ 2”1.9 m
Berth length
7’ 2”2.2 m
Berth width
5’ 2”1.6 m

First 40.7's aft cabin

Maximum headroom
6’ 1”1.85 m
Berth length
6’ 7”2 m
Berth width
4’ 11”1.5 m
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