First 29
Deep draft

The First 29 uses the hull form of his elder the First 28, itself borrowed from the Half Tonner "Eglantine". The main change is inside with a true aft cabin and the toilet which moves back. The whole is enlighten and ventilated by numerous hatches, there is even a porthole in the transom for the rear cabin.

The First 29 was released in a classical keelboat version but there was also a ballasted centerboard version, a first for Bénéteau. This version is equipped with two rudders to keep control even heeled and to ground without any accessory.

See the First 29's specifications on

Main Features

ModelFirst 29
VersionDeep draft
Sailboat typeCruising-racing monohull
DesignerJean Marie Finot
Building years (first/last)1983 / 1989
Number built520
PredecessorBénéteau First 28
SuccessorBénéteau First 285
Regulation2eme Cat 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 all29.5 ft
Hull length28.5 ft
Waterline length24.6 ft
Beam over all9.9 ft
Draft5.5 ft
Light displacement6614 lbs
Ballast2205 lbs
French customs tonnage7.40 Tx

Rig and sails

Rig typeMasthead Sloop
MastKeel 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 sailarea501 ft²
Downwind sailarea893 ft²
Mainsail area183 ft²
Genoa area318 ft²
Working jib area251 ft²
Jib area167 ft²
Stormsail area46 ft²
Spinnaker area710 ft²

PMainsail hoist measurement (from tack to head)

29.9 ft

EMainsail foot measurement (from tack to clew)

10.8 ft

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

34.4 ft

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

11.8 ft


Ballast ratio33.3 %
Upwind sailarea / displacement166.8 ft²/Ton
Downwind sailarea / displacement297.8 ft²/Ton
HN (French rating)16.0

Auxiliary engine

Type1 x MD5
Engine power1 x 9 hp
Fuel capacity6.6 gal
Fuel typeDiesel
Transmission typeShaft-line
Propeller typeno


Number of cabin2
Number of berth6
Number of shower room1
Fresh water capacity23.8 gal
Fridge/cooler capacity15.9 gal
Headroom max6.1 ft
Headroom shower room5.5 ft
Headroom5.7 ft
Table dimensions3.4 x 3.7 x 2.7 ft
Fore cabin
Headroom4.9 ft
Length of berth6.6 ft
Width of berth*4.9 ft
Aft cabin
Headroom5.6 ft
Length of berth6.6 ft
Width of berth*5.1 / 2.4 ft
Cockpit length6.5 ft
*Maximal width : at head

Based on specification1984

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