First 28
Lifting keel

The First 28 appears in Bénéteau range at the end of 1980, her hull was largely inspired by Eglantine, a Half Tonner, also designed by Jean Marie Finot, which made a mark during the Fastnet 1981. She is well balanced, pleasant and efficient with every wind angle. Those qualities associated with a deck plan blameless and a comfortable cockpit, allow her a large diffusion during her short career. Indeed she gives way, in 1983, to the First 29, designed by the same architect but equipped with a rear cabin.

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Main Features

ModelFirst 28
VersionLifting keel
Sailboat typeCruising-racing monohull
DesignerJean Marie Finot
Building years (first/last)1980 / 1983
Number built≈600
SuccessorBénéteau First 29
ConstructionFiberglass/polyester, monolithic hull, balsa sandwich deck
Appendage typeKeel retractable
Ballast typeCast iron
Rudder bladeSingle under hull rudder
RudderSingle tiller
Main dimensions
Length over all28.8 ft
Hull length28.2 ft
Waterline length24.3 ft
Beam over all9.8 ft
Draft (max./min.)6.9 / 3.8 ft
Mast length33.8 ft
Light displacement5952 lbs
Full load displacement2205 lbs
French customs tonnage6.98 Tx

Rig and sails

Rig typeMasthead Sloop
Rig materialMast and boom in Aluminum
Number of rows of spreader1
Spreader angleNeutral (0°)
Spinnaker typeSymmetrical spinnaker
Upwind sailarea472 ft²
Downwind sailarea853 ft²
Mainsail area164 ft²
Genoa area308 ft²
Working jib area251 ft²
Jib area167 ft²
Stormsail area46 ft²
Spinnaker area689 ft²

PMainsail hoist measurement (from tack to head)

29.9 ft

EMainsail foot measurement (from tack to clew)

9.5 ft

IFore triangle height (from mast foot to fore stay attachement)

34.4 ft

JFore triangle base (from mast foot to bottom of forestay)

11.5 ft

LLGenoa hoist measurement (from tack to head)

35.4 ft

LPGenoa perpendicular measurement from clew to luff.

17.4 ft

SLSymmetrical spinnaker hoist measurement (from tack to head)

34.7 ft

SMWSymmetrical spinnaker width

20.8 ft


Upwind sailarea / displacement174.8 ft²/Ton
Downwind sailarea / displacement315.9 ft²/Ton
HN (French rating)15.0

Auxiliary engine

Engine power1 x 8 hp
Power max (optional)1 x 15 hp
Fuel capacity6.6 gal
Transmission typeShaft-line
Propeller typeTwo-blade propeller


Number of cabin1
Number of berth (max./min.)6 / 5
Number of shower room1
Fresh water capacity23.8 gal
Headroom max6.0 ft
Headroom kitchen5.7 ft

Based on specification1981

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