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Bènèteau First 27.7

Brief details


Bènèteau, France

A fast cruiser-racer from Bènèteau, the First 27.7 has an electric lifting keel to allow use of drying moorings if required. The design offers great performance combined with an interior that is very usable for cruising - in fact remarkably civilised for such a performance-orientated boat. Offwind the big gennaker allows the boat to genuinely plane, but to windward crew weight is needed to get the best out of the boat. Ex-fast-dinghy sailors will really like this boat, but those more accustomed to displacement cruisers might find the handling intimidating.


29' 0"

Sail area

538 sq ft main and genoa, plus 646 sq ft spinnaker


27' 2"




9' 8"




2' 0" to 7' 0" keel down




5,842 lbs


Yanmar 1GM or 2GM diesel


1,323 lbs


9 or 18

Keel type

Lead keel bulb on GRP composite lifting keel stub, with electric winch to lift keel

Beneteau First 27.7

The Bènèteau First 27.7 was designed for Bènèteau by Groupe Finot in 2002, and is virtually a miniature replica of their Open 50 and Open 60 racing designs.

She has a deep lead-bulbed keel which gives 7 feet draught down, and lifts with an electric winch to give a keel-up draught of just two feet. The interior is fairly spartan, but suitable for fast cruising on shorter, marina-hopping passages.

'Yachting Monthly' boat tested the First 27.7 in their October 2003 issue, and their tester reported that she was "....the best boat I have sailed this year", and "....exhilarating and responsive to sail".

This is a very high performance boat - the designer's VPP (velocity prediction program) indicates hullspeed peaking at over 16 knots - see the polar diagrams here from Groupe Finot

Beneteau First 27.7

Beneteau First 27.7

Beneteau First 27.7
Beneteau First 27.7

There is no bilge as such - any water finding its way below, whether through the seals around the keel-stepped mast, or the hatchway, will be above the floor. Despite this, the interior is much better fitted for cruising than most other sportsboats offering comparable performance.

The electric lift keel is controlled by an up/down switch ( to the right of the engine hours counter above the chart table ). The keel can also be raised or lowered manually via a valve and the manual pump lever. There is a facility to lock the keel in the down position. In the up position the keel bulb remains below the hull, so she cannot dry out on hard ground, but in soft mud this will sink in and she can lie level.

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Beneteau First 27.7

Two engine options were offered - the single or twin-cylinder Yanmar diesels giving 9 0r 18 hp.

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Beneteau First 27.7