First 32
Shoal draft

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The First 32 is a true cruising-racing monohull. Her hull is from the “First Evolution” prototype and her generous sail plan is as much as 60 m² on upwind. The interior is rather classic: front cabin, saloon and kitchen. One cabin is placed underneath the cockpit, which makes it a bit tight for two persons. Nonetheless, the toilet cabin, situated on the opposite side, enjoys a generous interior height. There is also an extra bunk above the saloon.

The First 32 performs well in both upwind and downwind, even though she is not made to plane. Those wishing to have more performance might find their joy with the “S” version: this small series was made with a 7/8 rig.

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Main Features

ModelFirst 32
VersionShoal draft
Sailboat typeCruising-racing monohull
DesignerJean Berret
Building years (first/last)1980 / 1984
Number built≈500
SuccessorBénéteau First 325
Regulation2eme Cat. 6/7 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 all33.9 ft
Hull length31.5 ft
Waterline length27.9 ft
Beam over all11.1 ft
Draft4.4 ft
Light displacement8378 lbs
Ballast3638 lbs
French customs tonnage9.00 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 spreader2
Spreader angleNeutral (0°)
Spinnaker typeSymmetrical spinnaker
Upwind sailarea616 ft²
Downwind sailarea1054 ft²
Mainsail area225 ft²
Genoa area391 ft²
Working jib area316 ft²
Jib area242 ft²
Stormsail area62 ft²
Spinnaker area829 ft²


Ballast ratio43.4 %
Upwind sailarea / displacement162.0 ft²/Ton
Downwind sailarea / displacement277.3 ft²/Ton
HN (French rating)17.0

Auxiliary engine

Type1 x 2GM
Engine power1 x 15 hp
Power max (optional)1 x 25 hp
Fuel capacity11.9 gal
Fuel typeDiesel
Transmission typeShaft-line
Propeller typeTwo-blade propeller


Number of cabin2
Number of berth (max./min.)5 / 4
Number of shower room1
Fresh water capacity52.8 gal
Headroom max6.2 ft
Headroom6.0 ft

Based on specification1984

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