Beneteau First 40

4.3 from 3 Reviews


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A worthy successor to the much-used, much lived 40.7

Paul Bayfield  
Reviewed Oct 2016
The First 40, designed by the legendary Bruce Farr, even looks fast out of the water on the hardstand. From its plumb bow to subtle raked stern, the lines are essentially straight and thoroughly modern. The hull is also relatively flat in keeping with the boat's go-fast credentials. And yet, it still retains a classic racing look, with its recessed semi-hooded windows, low deck line, wide workable side-decks and sleek freeboard...
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Appeals on many levels

John Kretschmer  
Reviewed Sep 2016
There are boat tests, and then there are boat tests. I sailed the exciting new Beneteau First 40 for a few hours after the United States Sailboat Show in Annapolis, Maryland, last fall. The wind was fresh and we flashed our open transom to plenty of boats as we skidded across the crowded harbor under spinnaker. On the other hand, this past December, Australian Andrew Saies and his crew sailed Two True, a just-out-of-the-box First 40, 628 miles in just less than four days. They were on their way to an overall win in the most recent running of the Rolex Sydney Hobart race. This legendary Southern Ocean get-together can test the mettle of the stoutest sailors and the most promising boats...
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Enough cruising comforts to suit the racer/cruiser fraternity

Allan Whiting  
Reviewed Sep 2016
There must have been much soul-searching in the Beneteau inner sanctum when it came time to replace the 10-year-old 40.7 ? the most successful racer/cruiser of this length ever built. More than 1000 40.7s have been sold around the world and the model's international race credits are too lengthy to list. Comparison between the still very competitive 40.7 and the new 40 will obviously be made...
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