First 300 Spirit

The First 300 Spirit continues the approach of the First 210 Spirit and the First 260 Spirit, simple accommodations in a fast and attractive hull. The two smaller models have truly convinced, First 300 Spirit has been less successful. The reason is probably the relatively small interior space and the low headroom. But the important thing is not that, thanks to this compromise and a small freeboard, she gets to maintain the overall weight around 3 tons. She sail fast at all angles. Even if she is stiffer than the First 310 she will require a good helmsman upwind to show her full potential.

In 1998 she was replaced by the First 31.7, who uses successfully the same hull by adding spacious interiors.

See the First 300 Spirit's specifications on

Main Features

ModelFirst 300 Spirit
Sailboat typeCruising-racing monohull
DesignerJean Marie Finot
Pascal Conq
Building years (first/last)1994 / 1997
Number built225
PredecessorBénéteau First 310
SuccessorBénéteau First 31.7
Regulation2eme cat.
ConstructionGlass fiber/polyester, monolithic hull, sandwich deck
Appendage typeFin with bulb
Ballast typeCast iron
Rudder bladeSingle under hull rudder
RudderSingle tiller
Main dimensions
Length over all29.7 ft
Hull length29.5 ft
Waterline length29.1 ft
Beam over all9.8 ft
Waterline beam7.7 ft
Fore freeboard3.6 ft
Middle freeboard3.1 ft
Draft6.0 ft
Mast height47.2 ft
Light displacement6724 lbs
Ballast2425 lbs
French customs tonnage7.70 Tx

Rig and sails

Rig typeFractional Sloop
Rig materialMast and boom in Aluminum
Number of rows of spreader1
Spreader angle15.00 °
Spinnaker typeSymmetrical spinnaker
Upwind sailarea560 ft²
Downwind sailarea1091 ft²
Mainsail area273 ft²
Genoa area286 ft²
Spinnaker area818 ft²

PMainsail hoist measurement (from tack to head)

38.2 ft

EMainsail foot measurement (from tack to clew)

12.6 ft

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

40.3 ft

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

1204.1 ft

LLGenoa hoist measurement (from tack to head)

41.2 ft

LPGenoa perpendicular measurement from clew to luff.

13.2 ft

SLSymmetrical spinnaker hoist measurement (from tack to head)

39.9 ft

SMWSymmetrical spinnaker width

21.7 ft


Ballast ratio36.1 %
Upwind sailarea / displacement183.5 ft²/Ton
Downwind sailarea / displacement357.9 ft²/Ton
HN (French rating)21.0

Auxiliary engine

Engine power1 x 9 hp
Power max (optional)1 x 18 hp
Fuel capacity7.9 gal
Fuel typeDiesel
Transmission typeShaft-line


Number of cabin2
Number of berth6
Number of shower room1
Fresh water capacity23.8 gal
Headroom max5.7 ft
Length of berth6.6 ft
Width of berth*2.0 / 2.0 ft
Fore cabin
Length of berth7.2 ft
Width of berth*5.2 / 0.3 ft
Aft cabin
Length of berth6.6 ft
Width of berth*4.9 / 3.8 ft
Catwalk width1.1 ft
*Maximal width : at head

Based on specification1995

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