The **First 45** is a 44’11” (13.68m) cruiser-racer sailboat designed by *Philippe Briand* (France). She was built since 2007 (and now discontinued) by *Bénéteau* (France). The *Shoal draft* version is offered with a short keel fitted with large winglets. This configuration provides an interesting draft / low center of gravity / upwind performance trade-off.

The**First 45** is as well listed, on Boat-Specs.com, in Standard and Regatta version (see all the versions compared).

The

- Model
- First 45
- Version
- Shoal draft
- Hull type
- Monohull
- Category
- Offshore cruiser-racer sailboat
- Sailboat builder
- Sailboat designer
- Sailboat range
- Country
- France
- Construction
- GRP (glass reinforced polyester):

- Hull: Single skin fiberglass polyester

- Deck: Sandwich balsa thermo-plastic Tecrothène 109, rotomolded polyester - First built hull
- 2007
- Last built hull
- Discontinued
- Appendages
- Keel : wing keel
- Helm
- Twin helm wheels
- Rudder
- Single spade rudder
- Unsinkable
- No
- Trailerable
- No
- 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 - A
- Standard public price ex. VAT (indicative only)
- N/A €

- Overall length
- 46’ 2”14.07 m
- Hull length
- 44’ 11”13.68 m
- Waterline length
- 39’ 5”12.01 m
- Beam (width)
- 13’ 10”4.2 m
- Draft
- 6’ 7”2 m
- Mast height from D
_{WL} - 68’ 1”20.75 m
- Light displacement (M
_{LC}) - 26819 lb12165 kg
- Ballast weight
- 9877 lb4480 kg
- Ballast type
- Cast iron
- French customs tonnage
- 21.00 Tx

- Upwind sail area
- 1248 ft²115.9 m²
- Downwind sail area
- 2104 ft²195.5 m²
- Mainsail area
- 597 ft²55.5 m²
- Genoa area
- 650 ft²60.4 m²
- Symmetric spinnaker area
- 1507 ft²140 m²
- I
*iFore triangle height (from mast foot to fore stay top attachment)* - 56’ 11”17.35 m
- J
*iFore triangle base (from mast foot to bottom of forestay)* - 17’ 6”5.33 m
- P
*iMainsail hoist measurement (from tack to head)* - 55’ 10”17 m
- E
*iMainsail foot measurement (from tack to clew)* - 18’5.5 m
- Rigging type
- Sloop Marconi 9/10
- Mast configuration
- Keel stepped mast
- Rotating spars
- No
- Number of levels of spreaders
- 3
- Spreaders angle
- Swept-back
- Spars construction
- Aluminum spars
- Standing rigging
- Dyform discontinuous

- 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. - 236 ft²/T21.91 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. - 398 ft²/T36.96 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. - 199
- 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. - 37 %
- 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. - 8.41 knots

- Engine(s)
- 1 inboard engine
- Engine(s) power
- 54 HP
- Fuel type
- Diesel
- Fuel tank capacity
- 52.8 gal200 liters

- Cockpit
- Closed aft cockpit
- Cabin(s)
- 3
- Berth(s) (min./max.)
- 6 / 8
- Head(s)
- 2
- Freshwater tank capacity
- 150.6 gal570 liters
- Holding tank capacity
- 42.3 gal160 liters
- Fridge/ice-box capacity
- 21.1 gal80 liters
- Boiler capacity
- 10.6 gal40 liters
- Maximum headroom
- 6’ 6”1.97 m
- Galley headroom
- 6’ 6”1.97 m
- Head headroom
- 6’ 4”1.93 m

- Maximum headroom
- 6’ 5”1.94 m

- Maximum headroom
- 6’ 4”1.93 m
- Berth length
- 6’ 7”2 m
- Berth width
- 4’ 11”1.5 m

- Maximum headroom
- 6’ 5”1.94 m
- Berth length
- 6’ 7”2 m
- Berth width (head/feet)
- 4’ 7”1.4 m / 3’ 11”1.2 m

Sailboats

First built hull

Hull length

2006

42’ 6”12.95 m

2004

44’ 6”13.55 m

2007

44’ 11”13.68 m

1990

45’ 7”13.9 m

1988

52’ 6”16 m

1998

42’ 7”12.98 m

1997

45’ 11”13.98 m

1981

41’ 11”12.77 m

1981

41’ 11”12.77 m

2017

50’ 11”15.51 m

1984

44’13.4 m

1982

45’ 10”13.95 m

1994

41’ 8”12.7 m

1990

51’ 8”15.75 m

2003

46’14.01 m