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Bènèteau First 31.7

Brief details


Bènèteau, France

One of the 'First' range of performance cruisers, the Bènèteau First 31.7 is a capable modern small cruiser-racer, with excellent sailing ability, plus a fully fitted cruising interior. Unusually for one of the "racing" First series, there was also a shallower draught version. First 31.7s remained in production until around 2008.


31' 8"

Sail area

575 sq ft


28' 10"




10' 7"




6' 2" deep fin or 4' 9" shallow fin




7,940 lbs


Volvo or Yanmar diesels


2,315 lbs


18 - 20

Keel type

Cast iron fin keel (two depth options) with spade rudder

Beneteau First 31.7

Designed by Jean-Marie Finot and Pascal Conq of the Finot-Conq Group, and in production from 1998 onwards, the Bènèteau First 31.7 continues the series of First yachts evolving from the famous Figaro Solo racing design. As with all the 'First' range, the design is aimed at producing a fast cruiser which can be raced competitively if required, without being exclusively focused on racing. They have fully fitted cruising interiors, and are well engineered for strength and usability.

The dimensions and weights given above are taken from a French Bènèteau sales brochure - however some sales brochures in England and the USA for the First 31.7 quote slightly different figures, and it may be that boats for different markets, in different years, do have minor variations in specification.

Beneteau First 31.7

Beneteau First 31.7

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Beneteau First 31.7

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Early boats had Volvo diesels, as seen above: later boats were fitted with Yanmar 2GM20 or 2YM20 diesels

She has wide side decks with shroud bases well inboard for close sheeting angles: this also makes for easy passage forward

Beneteau First 31.7
Beneteau First 31.7

Photographs left and above of a 2000 model First 31.7

Photographs from Bènèteau's original sales brochure

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