Designed by Bruce Farr, the Beneteau First 40 does an admirable job of blending a truly fast hull with a very stylish interior. The interior has been designed by Nauta Design and is finished in an Alpi blond oak which certainly adds a touch a class and comfort throughout the vessel. The First 40 is built somewhat conservatively with a solid hull and cored deck and accessible areas on deck covered in “picot” type non-slip surface.
The galley is immediately to port when you come below. It iswell thought out, with stainless steel sink facing forward, a good sized icebox/fridge and a two-burner stove with oven and grill. The wraparound navigation station is opposite the galley and is the best feature of the interior. It includes a chart table and a desk, perfect for a computer, and plenty of room for radios and repeaters. The saloon includes settees port and starboard with storage above.
The First 40 continues the tradition of the First 40.7 and is a thoroughbred amongst racer/cruisers. The interior layout is modern and comfortable and yet the First 40 has had highly impressive racing results, showing a winning combination of style and performance.
The forward cabin offers a V-berth, a dressing seatand a small hanging locker. The head is to starboard and is surprisingly spacious. There are two equal double cabins aft and the saloon has one single berth to port and one to starboard. A center-line table opens up to allow seating for most of the crew.
The Beneteau First 40 is a boat that we can all aspire to and is designed for performance. This boat will appeal on many levels.
Equipment: Construction: HULL: Hull infusion (Glass Polyester). Injection molded hull (Sandwich / Glass fiber / Balsa wood / Polyester resin) HULL COLOUR: White DECK MATERIAL: Accessible areas covered in a picot type non-slip surface. STEERING SYSTEM: Stainless Steel Wheel (black leather wrapped, 2018) RUDDER TYPE: Hung rudder with self-aligning rocker bearings. KEEL TYPE: Cast Iron Shallow Draught Keel REINFORCEMENT PLATES: Backstay, Main sheet (2), Staysail, Jib In-hauler
Engine: MAKE: Yanmar MODEL: 3JH5E HP: 40 FUEL: Diesel CONTROL SYSTEMS: Single lever engine throttle / shifter (replaced 2015) and control panel COOLING SYSTEM: Heat exchange HOURS RUN / DATE: 1400 (Aug 2020) TRANSMISSION / DRIVE TO PROP: SD50 Sail Drive (serviced 2018) TYPE OF PROP: Folding dual-blade propeller FIRE SUPRESSION: Yes, automatic, located on port cabin engine access door NMEA 2000 INTERFACE: Yes, MBW EM2000 (2017) ENGINE SPARES: Yes (oil and fuel filters, belt and impeller)
Electrics: VOLTAGE: 12v DC, 110/220v AC shore power ELECTRICAL PANEL: 12v Electrical panel (breaker, voltmeter, water gauge, fuel gauge, battery warning) IGNITION: Control panel in cockpit BATTERY CHARGER: Yes, 40A, multi-bank, Dolphin (original) NO OF BATTERIES: 1 house (lithium Aug 2019) / 1 engine (lead acid Mar 2019) HOUSE CAPACITY: 110 AH (equivalent to lead acid 220 AH) METHOD OF CHARGING: Alternator / Charger ALTERNATOR: 12v 80A SHORE POWER: 110/220v AC SHORE POWER CABLE: Yes
Tankage: NO OF FUEL TANKS: 1 MATERIAL: Roto Molded diesel tank between two aft cabins under berth CAPACITY OF FUEL TANKS: 138 L NO OF WATER TANKS: 3 MATERIAL: Roto Molded under the port/starboard saloon bench seats and under V berth CAPACITY OF WATER TANKS: 100 L each HOLDING TANK: 80 L
Water System: BILGE PUMPS: Electric & Manual (1 manual bilge,2 electric bilge pumps) WATER PUMP: Pressurized electric water pump; accumulator tank; inline filter SEA WATER: Yes (sea water foot pump / icebox drainage) WATER HEATING SYSTEM: Engine and shore power (110/220v AC)
Rig: TYPE: Fractional KEEL STEPPED: (1) SPARCRAFT PERFORMANCE standard electro polished aluminum mast 2 aft swept spreaders BOOM: (1) SPARCRAFT Anodized aluminum swinging boommounted on mast; fixed boom rigidvang MAINSHEET: Sheet trimming type German System; Mainsail sheet track in aluminum with ball-bearing traveler in cockpit STANDING RIGGING MATERIAL: DYFORM cable LAST REPLACED: Original, forestay replaced (Nov 2016) MAINSAIL REEFING: 2 reefing lines brought to cockpit HEADSAIL ROLLER FURLING: Profurl (serviced 2019) SPINNAKER POLE: Yes REINFORCEMENT PLATES: Backstay, Main Sheet, Jib In-haulers, Staysail HALYARDS: 2:1 Main, Spin 1 (2017), Fractional Spin 2, Genoa, Staysail (2019) BOWSPRIT: C-Sprit CS48, removable, carbon fiber, w/ bobstay, (2017) MAINSAIL MAST TRACK: Tides Marine (2016) MAIN SAIL HANDLING: Retractable lazy jack system for shorthanded sailing (2016)
Sails: MAINSAIL: Carbon, 2 reef points, UK Sails (2017) JIB1: Carbon, 107%, UK Sails (2017) JIB2: CDX Polyester Radial Laminate (delivery jib), 104%, Quantum (2011) SPINNAKER1: S2, 1336 sq ft, Quantum (2011) SPINNAKER2: A2, 1273 sq ft, UK Sails (2016) SAIL COVERS: Yes, sunbrella, for main and jib (2016) SHEETS: 3 sets of different weights, soft shackles, low friction ferrules for in-haulers and tweakers
Winches: GENOA SHEET WINCHES: 2, Harken 50, 2 speed
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6.33’ / 1.93m
Ballast: 7369 lbs./3343 kgs.
Total sail area 98 m2 / 1054.86 sq.ft.
Mainsail 46 m2 / 495.14 sq.ft
Genoa 52 m2 / 559.72 sq.ft.
Spinnaker 128 m2 / 1377.78 sq.ft.
Total sail area 91 m2 / 979.51 sq.ft.
Mainsail 50 m2 / 538.19 sq.ft.
Genoa 41 m2 / 441.32 sq.ft.
Spinnaker 132 m2 / 1420.83 sq.ft.
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