First 305
Deep draft

The First 305 is basically an evolution of the First 30E. However the modifications are quite considerable: appendages, rig, deck layout and especially accommodation have been completely redesigned. The sanitary room and the rear cabin push forward the saloon which loses volume, as does the fore cabin.

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Main Features

ModelFirst 305
VersionDeep draft
Sailboat typeCruising-racing monohull
DesignerJean Berret
Building years (first/last)1984 / 1989
Number built644
PredecessorBénéteau First 30E
SuccessorBénéteau First 310
Regulation2eme Cat. 6/8 pers.
ConstructionFiberglass/polyester, monolithic hull, balsa sandwich deck
Appendage typeTrapezoidal keel
Ballast typeCast iron
Rudder bladeSingle under hull rudder
RudderSingle tiller
Main dimensions
Length over all32.2 ft
Hull length30.7 ft
Waterline length26.2 ft
Beam over all10.7 ft
Waterline beam8.7 ft
Fore freeboard3.8 ft
Middle freeboard3.1 ft
Draft5.7 ft
Mast height41.7 ft
Light displacement7937 lbs
Full load displacement9259 lbs
Ballast2976 lbs
French customs tonnage8.20 Tx

Rig and sails

Rig typeMasthead Sloop
MastDeck stepped mast
Rig materialMast and boom in Aluminum
Standing rigging material1x19 strand wire
Number of rows of spreader1
Spreader angleNeutral (0°)
Spinnaker typeSymmetrical spinnaker
Upwind sailarea527 ft²
Downwind sailarea958 ft²
Mainsail area199 ft²
Genoa area328 ft²
Working jib area264 ft²
Jib area137 ft²
Stormsail area62 ft²
Spinnaker area759 ft²

PMainsail hoist measurement (from tack to head)

33.6 ft

EMainsail foot measurement (from tack to clew)

11.1 ft

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

39.3 ft

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

11.4 ft


Wetted surface207 ft²
Transverse section maximum surface12 ft²
Righting moment @ 1°93 lbs/ft
Ballast ratio37.5 %
Upwind sailarea / displacement146.5 ft²/Ton
Downwind sailarea / displacement266.1 ft²/Ton
HN (French rating)16.5

Auxiliary engine

Type1 x 2001
Engine power1 x 9 hp
Power max (optional)1 x 18 hp
Fuel capacity7.1 gal
Fuel typeDiesel
Transmission typeShaft-line
Propeller typeTwo-blade propeller


Number of cabin2
Number of berth6
Number of shower room1
Fresh water capacity26.4 gal
Fridge/cooler capacity21.1 gal
Headroom max6.2 ft
Headroom kitchen5.8 ft
Headroom shower room5.6 ft
Headroom5.8 ft
Table dimensions3.1 x 2.7 ft
Saloon width (max./min.)6.4 / 4.3 ft
Length of berth6.1 ft
Width of berth*2.0 / 2.0 / 1.8 / 1.6 ft
Fore cabin
Headroom5.0 ft
Length of berth6.7 ft
Width of berth*4.4 / 3.5 / 2.2 / 1.2 ft
Aft cabin
Headroom5.6 ft
Length of berth6.1 ft
Width of berth*5.1 / 4.8 / 4.1 / 3.5 ft
Cockpit length6.9 ft
Cockpit width5.0 ft
Catwalk width1.8 ft
*Widths of the berths are measured from the head and then every 60cm (2ft), corresponding to the elbows, knees and feet.

Based on specification1985

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