First 325
Deep draft

The First 325 was introduced in the Bénéteau range in 1984 to replace the First 32. The First 32 hull length was augmented with 10cm – 4in. The freeboard was also increased of approximately 5cm – 2in to give more space to the accommodation. Saloon expanded and gained more light. At the aft, the toilet and the shower changed of board, thus making room to a real double cabin.

The First 325 is a quite heavy sailboat. This said, its rigidity, together with its large sail area, offer a fairly good upwind performance. However, on downwind she is left behind by lighter boats.

See the First 325's specifications on

Main Features

ModelFirst 325
VersionDeep draft
Sailboat typeCruising-racing monohull
DesignerJean Berret
Building years (first/last)1984 / 1988
Number built270
PredecessorBénéteau First 32
SuccessorBénéteau First 32S5
Regulation2eme Cat. 8/10 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 all34.1 ft
Hull length32.5 ft
Waterline length28.7 ft
Beam over all11.1 ft
Draft6.1 ft
Light displacement9700 lbs
Ballast3748 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 sailarea624 ft²
Downwind sailarea1093 ft²
Mainsail area242 ft²
Genoa area382 ft²
Jib area242 ft²
Spinnaker area850 ft²

PMainsail hoist measurement (from tack to head)

34.8 ft

EMainsail foot measurement (from tack to clew)

11.5 ft

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

40.3 ft

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

11.9 ft


Ballast ratio38.6 %
Upwind sailarea / displacement141.9 ft²/Ton
Downwind sailarea / displacement248.3 ft²/Ton
HN (French rating)18.5

Auxiliary engine

Type1 x 2002
Engine power1 x 18 hp
Power max (optional)1 x 28 hp
Fuel capacity13.2 gal
Fuel typeDiesel
Transmission typeShaft-line
Propeller typeTwo-blade propeller


Number of cabin2
Number of berth6
Number of shower room1
Fresh water capacity52.8 gal
Headroom max6.3 ft
Headroom6.0 ft

Based on specification1985

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