First 27
Shoal draft

After the success of the First 30, Bénéteau called again André Mauric for the smaller model. With the same philosophy, the First 27 is intended as sailor as able to cruise. The wide hull (rather than on the First 30) offers performance and nice interior volume. The mess even offers sleeping for 4 with convertible double berth at port and 2 bunks at starboard.

The deck layout is simple yet the powerful sailplan allows, helped by low wetted surface, good performance. The downside: the narrow transom does not help to plan and does not prevent the rolling downwind.

See the First 27's specifications on

Main Features

ModelFirst 27
VersionShoal draft
Sailboat typeCruising-racing monohull
DesignerAndré Mauric
Building years (first/last)1978 / 1980
Number built≈70
SuccessorFirst 28
Regulation2eme 6/8 pers
ConstructionGlass fiber/polyester, monolithic hull, sandwich deck
Appendage typeTrapezoidal keel
Ballast typeCast iron
Rudder bladeSingle under hull rudder
RudderSingle tiller
Main dimensions
Length over all27.6 ft
Hull length26.1 ft
Waterline length21.5 ft
Beam over all9.8 ft
Draft4.4 ft
Mast height37.1 ft
Light displacement5291 lbs
Ballast1984 lbs
French customs tonnage5.90 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 sailarea436 ft²
Downwind sailarea753 ft²
Mainsail area161 ft²
Genoa area274 ft²
Working jib area215 ft²
Jib area161 ft²
Stormsail area32 ft²
Spinnaker area592 ft²

PMainsail hoist measurement (from tack to head)

29.5 ft

EMainsail foot measurement (from tack to clew)

9.2 ft

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

34.0 ft

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

10.0 ft


Ballast ratio37.5 %
Upwind sailarea / displacement181.7 ft²/Ton
Downwind sailarea / displacement314.0 ft²/Ton
HN (French rating)10.0
IOR rating18.5 ft

Auxiliary engine

Engine power1 x 8 hp
Power max (optional)1 x 16 hp
Fuel capacity6.6 gal
Transmission typeOutboard (Inboard with shaft-line as option)


Number of cabin1
Number of berth6
Number of shower room1
Fresh water capacity23.8 gal
Headroom max5.9 ft
Headroom kitchen5.9 ft
Headroom shower room5.1 ft
Headroom5.9 ft
Chart table dimensions2.8 x 2.0 ft
Table dimensions3.0 x 2.4 ft
Length of berth6.6 ft
Width of berth*2.2 ft
Fore cabin
Headroom4.7 ft
Length of berth6.7 ft
Width of berth*5.4 ft

Based on specification1979

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