The Beneteau First 40.7
Launched in 1997, the Beneteau cruiser racer model was, between the 1990s and 2000s, the reference point for all those who wanted to experience offshore races and enjoy, with the same boat, comfortable cruisers with their own family.
Designed by Farr, the boat was produced in more than 650 units and was therefore a real best seller appreciated by a highly diversified public. In addition to an IMS championship, the boat also got on the podium of the very difficult Sydney Hobart sailing competition, which leaves little doubt about its building quality.
Today, the price of the boat ranges between EUR 50,000 and 90,000, depending on the year of construction, the accessories and the sails installed on board. The shipyard is still active and has recently started the production of a new First line.
The exteriors of the Beneteau First 40.7 are designed to offer the best maneuvering efficiency and sail trimming when racing without, however, sacrificing comfort. The cockpit is wide and equipped with two well-protected lateral seats. Positioned behind the wheel, the bench allows passengers to enjoy navigation in total comfort.
Despite the sporty vocation of the project, the bulwarks are high and protect the deck very well. The latter is ergonomic and safe even under bad weather conditions.
Beneteau First 40.7 – Interiors
The classic-style interiors offer the possibility to have two or three cabins. In both versions, there is only one small bathroom. Located on the port side, the galley is equipped with a refrigerator, stove and large shelves while the chart table, on the starboard side, is spacious.
The dinette accommodates a central foldable table in the middle of two comfortable seats (for 6 people) with many storage compartments above.
Beneteau First 40.7: appendages and sail plan
The Beneteau First 40. has an overall sail plan (mainsail + genoa) of around 100 square meters while the spinnaker measures 110 m2. The rudder features a single blade and the draft varies according to the keel type: 2.40 meters in the race version, 1.90 meters in the standard one.
With changing regulations, many racers have updated their appendages and the more recent ones can even include a more convenient gennaker.
Prices and market valuations
Built between 1998 and 2008, the First 40.7 is currently available on the market at a very variable price. The value of this boat is, in fact, dependent on the presence or absence of accessories and electronic equipment which make the final price rise. Of course, it is important to take into account the wear status of both teak and sails as well as the conditions of the interiors.
Today, the market offers the following prices:
|Max Beam||3.75 m|
|Engine||Volvo Penta 40 HP|
|Sail Plan||90 m2|
|Water Tank||320 l|