The new Beneteau 40, designed by Farr Yacht Design, is the heir to the hugely popular and successful Beneteau First 40.7. Just as the 40.7 was a benchmark for performance and styling when it was introduced over ten years ago, the 40 combines state-of-the art performance features with contemporary interior and exterior styling representative of the best of 2009 design and representing a new benchmark for 40’ cruisers.


The hull, rig and appendages are configured to achieve the best performance versus handicap for racing under IRC.  These specific IRC-oriented design features include an undistorted hull shape with powerful ends to quickly maximize sailing length when heeled; a large, non-overlapping headsail rig and a “T” keel for high stability and low drag.  The rig also includes large masthead spinnakers for excellent downwind performance.


The deck is carefully designed to promote efficient handling for racing and ample interior volume for comfortable cruising.  The cockpit features removable storage lockers and transom beam.  The very contemporary interior finished in wood, stainless steel, leather and fabrics accommodates three double cabins and two convertible berths in the saloon for exceptional flexibility.


The base configuration for IRC racing includes the 2.45m draft “T” keel and an aluminum rig.  Options include a 1.95m shallow draft keel and a carbon rig.


Farr Yacht Design expects the new Beneteau First 40 to be a worthy successor to the 40.7 for both racing excellence and cruising comfort.

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12.24 m/40.15 ft

10.67 m/35.00 ft

3.89 m/12.76 ft

1.95 m/6.40 ft

2.45 m/8.04 ft

7,900 Kg/17,417 Lbs




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