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Beneteau
First 44 PERFORMANCE
44' / 13.41m

United States
Racer Cruiser Royalty
The FIRST 44 PERFORMANCE
Racing Sailboat
Sail
New
Diesel
Fiberglass Hull
Vessel ID# 2794305

FEATURES:

Water Ballast
Racing Deck Layout
Alum Rig 67'6\" or Carbon 72'9\"
T-Keel 7'1\" or 8'6\"
3 Cabins / 2 Heads
Description

US DEBUT - Miami International Boat Show 2023



RACER-CRUISER ROYALTY

“FIRST was born forty-five years ago with the launch of the legendary FIRST 30, and we doubly celebrate the occasion this year with the announcement of the FIRST 36 in January and the arrival of the FIRST 44 today, finalizing the renewal of a standard-bearing range now entirely redrawn and complete”, says Yann Masselot, BENETEAU General Manager. “ The boat pencils itself in among such great 40’ to 45’ BENETEAU yachts as the FIRST 40.7, the 45f5, or more recently the FIRST 40 and 45”.


Today, the FIRST 44 embodies a natural link between the FIRST 36 and FIRST 53, equally refining and redefining performance, elegance, and comfort - a new Biscontini/Argento creation that truly denies itself nothing. She’s a lovely sailing yacht with a remarkable design, offering through her architecture and build quality an experience underway that is simply second to none.


NAVAL ARCHITECT: Roberto Biscontini

Design: Lorenzo Argento


A DUAL DESIGN

With the new FIRST 44, BENETEAU draws to the noblest expression of the term “racer/cruiser”: an elegant and comfortable yacht that provides unequaled pleasure under sail. In keeping with the scientific approach honed with his work on America Cup racers, Roberto Biscontini went through several revisions and improvements to finally deliver a powerful and well-balanced hull, which is coupled with an ample sailplan to deliver spend and vivacity in any conditions.


The FIRST 44 was imagined with two deck layouts to satisfy a greater variety of wishes and needs. The FIRST 44 version distinguishes itself with a convivial and comfortable cockpit, wherein wide side-decks converge towards a lovely cockpit table. Four winches, a fixed centerline block for the mainsheet, and a mast that is set further aft all maximize the potential of her modern sailplan, defined by a slender mainsail and generously sized foresails.

With the intention of making serious performance even more accessible, BENETEAU used the experience acquired with the Figaro 2 and ballast systems to deliver this technology to FIRST 44 owners; twin 80-gallon ballast tanks activated electronically from the helm stations, offer the possibility of reaching the boat’s full potential with a reduced crew.


On the FIRST 44 PERFORMANCE, deck ergonomics were studied and developed with fully crewed regattas in mind. Equipment and systems are totally geared towards racing, among which should be mentioned the foam non-skid surfaces that replace the teak on the cockpit sole, six well-placed winches, and a conventional mainsail traveller. The rigging and sail setup includes a 4 ½’ bowsprit, a hydraulic backstay, a powerful in-hauler system, and a performance keel/mast combo that will satisfy the most demanding captains and crews.


A SUPERIOR STANDARD OF ACCOMMODATIONS

The FIRST 44 is infused with Lorenzo Argento’s style, a distinctive blend of elegance and modernity. Her three-cabin, two-head layout is an assemblage of quality materials interwoven into a masterful finish. In the salon the six-seater transversal table lays opposite the couch and nav station; its positioning in relation to the mast eases the movement between galley and master stateroom, thereby accentuating the feeling of space.


This arrangement is enhanced by superb craftsmanship, a refined combination of white lacquered surfaces, molded woods, touches of indirect lighting, and a large selection of luxurious upholsteries.


EXPERTISE AS A CORNERSTONE

Assembled in a specially dedicated workshop, the FIRST 44 takes full benefit of BENETEAU’s expertise and the knowledge of the industry’s sharpest minds. Subjected by their owners to the rigors of offshore racing, FIRSTs are always the result of a rigorous development and perfection process. Engineering for the FIRST 44 was entrusted to the Mer Forte firm, well known for its work on high-end blue-water race boats, including the celebrated Figaro BENETEAU 3.


The result is a “full infusion” yacht on which the distribution of weight is a key factor. The FIRST 44 PERFORMANCE is 1100 pounds lighter than the FIRST 44 and its deck layout is the result of a multidisciplinary collaboration involving Roberto Biscontini, Lorenzo Argento, Hughes Destremau (North Sails), Michel Sacaze (Harken), William Thomas (Sparcraft) and the BENETEAU project team.


Roberto Biscontini (naval architect)

“The objective with the entire FIRST 44 team was to refine the concept of Performance Cruiser, which isn’t an easy undertaking because the architecture of these boats rests on many contradictory requirements. We tried to find the correct balance between cruising comfort, performance, and safety, and we are quite satisfied with the final result. The new FIRST 44 shares the style and the elegance of the FIRST 53, and is similar in the organization of space and volumes; yet certain elements and characteristics of her design take her a step further in her quest for performance.”


Lorenzo Argento (designer)

“I wish to sincerely congratulate Roberto for successfully creating this hull/mast/rigging combination, which gives us an extremely pleasant and performant yacht on the water. At our level, we tried to reproduce this fluidity and this spirit through the deck design and interior arrangements, by both maximizing the use of volumes and minimizing the impact of whatever restriction we encountered. For example, the position of the mast had a great influence on the way the interior is arranged, and we were able to draw up a practical and harmonious solution for the table-galley-sofa area.”.


The FIRST 44 is presented in two main setups, FIRST 44 and FIRST 44 PERFORMANCE, with a different deck plan and options for keels and masts.


She offers a streamlined interior layout that is modern and luminous, with a blend of white lacquered surfaces, molded woods, and tasteful upholsteries.


She is crafted and finished in a dedicated workshop that delivers the full scope of BENETEAU expertise.



The FIRST 44 will be actively tested this summer before her world premiere at the 2022 Yachting Festival de Cannes.


FIRST SERIES: FIRST 14 -  FIRST 14SE -  FIRST 18SE -  FIRST 24 -  FIRST 24SE -  FIRST 27 -  FIRST 27SE -  FIRST 36 -  FIRST 44FIRST 44 PERFORMANCE -  FIRST 53


Data Sheet
LOA 48' (14.66 meters)
Type sail
Year 2023
Beam 13'
LWL 42'
Draft Max 8'
Fuel Type Diesel
Hull Material Fiberglass
Multimedia
Engines

Engine 1

I D 130272
Engine Make Yanmar
Engine Model 4JH57 CR SD
Engine Type Inboard
Drive Type Sail
Power HP 57.00
Power KW 42.50
Fuel Type Diesel
Full Details

EXTERIOR DESIGN

The FIRST 44 is presented in two main setups, FIRST 44 and FIRST 44 PERFORMANCE, with a different deck plan and options for keels and masts.

In the FIRST 44 version, the cockpit is very convivial with a lovely cockpit table as well as its fluidity with level access to the large clear gangways. Four winches, a fixed centerline block for the mainsheet, and a mast that is set further aft all maximize the potential of her modern sail plan, defined by a slender mainsail and generously sized foresails. 

Two 300-liter ballast tanks, which can be activated electrically from the helm consoles, make it possible to maintain the boat's full potential.

On the FIRST 44 PERFORMANCE, deck ergonomics were studied and developed with fully crewed regattas in mind. Equipment and systems are totally geared towards racing, among which should be mentioned the foam non-skid surfaces that replace the teak on the cockpit sole, six well-placed winches, and a conventional mainsail traveler.

INTERIOR DESIGN

The First 44 offers a streamlined interior layout that is modern and luminous, with a blend of white lacquered surfaces, molded woods, and tasteful upholsteries. 

With three cabins and two heads, the interior is designed with quality finishes and materials to create a refined atmosphere.

In the saloon, the transverse table seats up to six people and faces the sofa and navigation station; its position in relation to the mast facilitates circulation between the galley and the owner's cabin, enhancing the feeling of space.

FIRST 44 PERFORMANCE

FIRST 44 PERFORMANCE VERSION (compatible with standard mast, black lacquered aluminum 2 aft swept spreaders mast, and carbon mast, compatible with both keels)

• Carbon bowsprit, 1,50m / 4’11’’ (in lieu of standard)

• Mainsail Cunningham

• Mainsail traveler at bottom of cockpit (instead of single point of attachment)

• 2nd genoa halyard

• Harken Carbo racing dual-groove head foil instead of the flat deck furling system

• 8:1 barber hauler

• DOWNWIND Pack (2 Harken Black Magic blocks for spinnaker/ code 0 sheet, 1 Harken Black Magic block for spinnaker tack led back to the dedicated cleat in the cockpit, Dyneema halyard sheave with block for spinnaker or code 0, 1 Dyneema halyard for spinnaker, Barber hauler with blocks and chainplate on bulwark, Short sheet pad eye)

• 1 Wichard double chainplate on forward deck for removable forestay, 1 Dyneema halyard sheave with block for staysail

• Dual textile lifelines

• Cockpit sole, benches, platform with synthetic foam coating (light grey color)

• White gel-coat, Aluminum grey hull decoration, white decoration film layer on cabins hull porthole Winches - HARKEN Performa

• 2 H50.2 STP Harken Performa manual manoeuvre winches on the roof + 3 clutches on port and starboard roof

• 2 H60.2 STP Harken Performa manual genoa winches behind cockpit benches

• 2 H60.2 STP Harken Performa manual Spinnaker winches (For manoeuvring: main sail sheet, adjustment of Genoa sail carriage staysail sheet - downhaul - foot of main sail + reef 1&2 - and for spinnaker sheets - spinnaker tack - barber hauler)

• 4 Aluminum Speed Grip winch handles

• Winch handle storage in dedicated space in rope bags

Other specificities of the PERFORMANCE version

• No windlass

• No bow roller

• No helm consoles for better access to the mainsail traveler on

cockpit sole

• No side access gates

• No HiFi equipment (Fusion / Loudspeaker)

• No courtesy lighting on side decks

• Without cockpit table

• Fresh water tank limited to 200L / 53 US Gal and positioned aft to starboard for a better distribution of weight aboard (in lieu of 330L / 87 US Gal)

• 3 Lee cloth (Saloon & Aft cabins)

Disclaimer

The company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change or withdrawal without notice.

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