First look: Beneteau First 44


The Beneteau First 44 has been formally launched on the 2022 Cannes Yachting Competition and shares loads of options with 2019’s First 53

A bit of over three years in the past, Beneteau launched their First 53 to a lot acclaim because the French model moved their ‘First’ marque into the aggressive sector of luxurious efficiency. With loads of orders for the 53 is was solely a matter of time till one other new ‘First’ got here alongside, and that has lastly been unveiled on the Cannes Boat Present 2022 because the Beneteau First 44.

After all the First vary from Beneteau was, for a few years, the dominant drive in relation to manufacturing cruiser/racers. And each the 53 and 44 definitely sit within the efficiency finish of the spectrum. Beneteau does confer with each fashions as ‘cruiser/racers’ however whether or not you have been planning on racing or simply on the lookout for fast passage making is more likely to decide which mannequin you choose. There’s a normal mannequin and a Beneteau First 44 Efficiency mannequin, which has a deck format that ought to work finest when totally crewed.

Like its bigger stablemate, the Beneteau First 44 comes from the pen of designers Roberto Biscontini, answerable for naval structure, and Lorenzo Argento who did the deck and interiors.

Each above and under deck there are many similarities to the First 53. Each boats have hull shapes with options that ought to enable for respectable mild wind efficiency – and as such Beneteau are presumably concentrating on Med crusing. Principally, the hull has lots of flare above the waterline on the transom, however the chine is comparatively gentle and isn’t carried proper ahead, which ought to contribute to lowering wetted floor space when in mild winds, however present the facility wanted as soon as the boat is heeled considerably.

As talked about the Beneteau First 44 is aimed squarley in the direction of the extra luxurious finish of the market and format under displays this, the boat is optimised across the wants of 4 or six individuals who will usually eat ashore when in port, or on deck.

Beneteau First 44 specs

LOA: 14.15-14.65m 46ft 5in-48ft 1in
Beam: 4.24m 13ft 11in
Draught: 2.15m 7ft 1in
Displacement: 10,300kg 22,700lb
Value: TBA
Builder: beneteau.com


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