First 310
Deep draft

First 310 is based on the Figaro hull that has been resized 6 inches higher to permit some more interior volume. This means that this sailboat is actually completely different from her Half Tonner -based precursors First 305 and First 30. First 310 stay a performance-oriented with her thin mast and the weight kept low. However to get her really going you need some crew on the board, or otherwise be prepared to reef the sails as soon as the wind rises.

Inside First 310 a touch of Philippe Stark can be seen in some details, such as table feet or rounded furniture. On the whole the accommodations work nicely, and Bénéteau has taken special care to bring the maximum daylight and fresh air in the interiors.

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Main Features

ModelFirst 310
VersionDeep draft
Sailboat typeCruising-racing monohull
DesignerJean Marie Finot
Pascal Conq
Building years (first/last)1990 / 1995
Number built496
PredecessorBénéteau First 285
SuccessorBénéteau First 300 Spirit
ConstructionFiberglass/polyester, monolithic hull, balsa sandwich deck
Appendage typeFin with bulb
Ballast typeCast iron
Rudder bladeSingle under hull rudder
RudderSingle tiller
Main dimensions
Length over all31.1 ft
Hull length30.0 ft
Waterline length28.8 ft
Beam over all10.6 ft
Waterline beam8.4 ft
Fore freeboard3.7 ft
Middle freeboard3.1 ft
Draft6.0 ft
Mast height46.6 ft
Light displacement6834 lbs
Full load displacement8157 lbs
Ballast1786 lbs
French customs tonnage8.62 Tx

Rig and sails

Rig typeFractional Sloop (7/8)
MastDeck stepped mast
Rig materialMast and boom in Aluminum
Standing rigging material1x19 strand wire
Number of rows of spreader1
Spreader anglePushing
Spinnaker typeSymmetrical spinnaker
Upwind sailarea562 ft²
Downwind sailarea960 ft²
Mainsail area287 ft²
Genoa area274 ft²
Working jib area238 ft²
Spinnaker area673 ft²

PMainsail hoist measurement (from tack to head)

37.9 ft

EMainsail foot measurement (from tack to clew)

13.0 ft

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

37.0 ft

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

10.8 ft


Wetted surface220 ft²
Transverse section maximum surface9 ft²
Prismatic coefficient0.5612
Righting moment @ 1°98 lbs/ft
Righting moment @ 30°3208 lbs/ft
Righting moment max (kg/m)3646 @ 50.00 °
Ballast ratio26.1 %
Upwind sailarea / displacement181.3 ft²/Ton
Downwind sailarea / displacement309.7 ft²/Ton
HN (French rating)20.0

Auxiliary engine

Type1 x 2002
Engine power1 x 9 hp
Power max (optional)1 x 18 hp
Fuel capacity17.2 gal
Fuel typeDiesel
Transmission typeShaft-line
Propeller typeTwo-blade propeller


Number of cabin2
Number of berth6
Number of shower room1
Fresh water capacity44.9 gal
Headroom max6.2 ft
Headroom kitchen5.8 ft
Headroom shower room5.7 ft
Headroom5.9 ft
Table dimensions2.6 x 3.3 x 2.9 ft
Length of berth6.4 ft
Width of berth*2.0 / 1.5 ft
Fore cabin
Headroom5.7 ft
Length of berth6.6 ft
Width of berth*5.2 / 0.8 ft
Aft cabin
Headroom5.8 ft
Length of berth6.8 ft
Width of berth*5.2 / 4.2 ft
Catwalk width1.5 ft
*Maximal width : at head

Based on specification1990

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