Beneteau First 38

1983
Designer
Berret-Racoupeau
Builder
Beneteau
Associations
?
# Built
?
Hull Type
Fin w/spade rudder
Construction
FG

Dimensions

Length Overall
38 5 / 11.7 m
Waterline Length
33 9 / 10.3 m
Beam
12 9 / 3.9 m
Draft
6 10 / 2.1 m
Displacement
15,660 lbs / 7,101 kg
Ballast
6,620 lbs / 3,001 kg (Iron)
drawing

Rig and Sails

Type
Masthead Sloop
Reported Sail Area
641 ft2 / 59.6 m2
Total Sail Area
640.6 ft2 / 59.5 m2
Mainsail
Sail Area
292.7 ft2 / 27.2 m2
P
42 3 / 12.9 m
E
13 10 / 4.2 m
Mast Height
?
Foresail
Sail Area
347.9 ft2 / 32.3 m2
I
48 3 / 14.7 m
J
14 5 / 4.4 m
Forestay Length
50 4 / 15.4 m

Auxilary Power

Make
Perkins
Model
4108
HP
45
Fuel Type
Diesel
Fuel Capacity
?

Accomodations

Water Capacity
?
Holding Tank Capacity
?
Headroom
?

Calculations

Hull Speed
7.79 knots
Sail Area/Displacement
16.39
good performance
Ballast/Displacement
42.25
stiffer, more powerful
Displacement/Length
180.51
light
Comfort Ratio
22.78
coastal cruiser
Capsize Screening
2.05
better suited for coastal cruising

Notes

AKA (in the US) as the BENETEAU 38.
The MOORINGS 38/39 (shoal draft with shorter rig) is similar with some changes to the interior more oriented to the charter trade.
A number of keel and rig options were available.
Shoal draft 1: 5.5’/1.68m.
Shoal draft 2: 4.9’/1.49.
Taller Rig:
I: 50.20’/15.30m
J: 14.42’/4.39m
P: 44.30’/13.50m
E: 13.83’/4.21m
Tot. SA: 667.11 ft2/61.97 m2

Short rig:
I: 47.00’/14.33m
J: 14.42’/4.40m
P: 42.60’/12.98m
E: 13.83’/ 4.22m
Tot. SA: 633.45ft2/ 8.85m2


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