First 22
Lifting keel

The First 22 is a variation of Clementine, a mini tonner designed by Jean Marie Finot. The important volume of the hull benefits both to the livability and the performances while providing excellent seaworthiness. The main innovation of this small trailerable monohull is a lifting keel which offers stability and shallow draft.

Inside, unlike the competition, the First 22 is partitioned and equipped with fixed installations, in front of the mess there is the kitchen on both side of the passage leading to the fore cabin. No door here, but a curtain with a zipper. In navigation the mess table covers the kitchen at port side serving as a chart table.

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Main Features

ModelFirst 22
VersionLifting keel
Sailboat typeCruising-racing monohull
Trailerable monohull
DesignerJean Marie Finot
Pascal Conq
Building years (first/last)1978 / 1983
Number built763
SuccessorFirst 235
Regulation3eme 4/6 pers.
ConstructionFiberglass/polyester, monolithic hull, balsa sandwich deck
Appendage typeKeel retractable
Ballast typeCast iron
Rudder bladeSingle transom hung rudder
RudderSingle tiller
Main dimensions
Length over all22.8 ft
Hull length21.6 ft
Waterline length19.0 ft
Beam over all8.2 ft
Waterline beam6.7 ft
Fore freeboard2.6 ft
Middle freeboard2.3 ft
Draft (max./min.)5.2 / 2.5 ft
Mast height28.3 ft
Light displacement3020 lbs
Full load displacement3946 lbs
Ballast882 lbs
French customs tonnage3.59 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 sailarea280 ft²
Downwind sailarea493 ft²
Mainsail area106 ft²
Genoa area175 ft²
Jib area79 ft²
Stormsail area42 ft²
Spinnaker area388 ft²

PMainsail hoist measurement (from tack to head)

22.5 ft

EMainsail foot measurement (from tack to clew)

7.9 ft

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

24.0 ft

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

8.8 ft

LLGenoa hoist measurement (from tack to head)

26.4 ft

LPGenoa perpendicular measurement from clew to luff.

13.1 ft

SLSymmetrical spinnaker hoist measurement (from tack to head)

26.0 ft

SMWSymmetrical spinnaker width

15.8 ft


Wetted surface114 ft²
Transverse section maximum surface6 ft²
Ballast ratio29.2 %
Upwind sailarea / displacement204.6 ft²/Ton
Downwind sailarea / displacement360.1 ft²/Ton
HN (French rating)7.0
IOR rating16.3 ft

Auxiliary engine

Engine power1 x 4 hp
Power max (optional)1 x 10 hp
Fuel typeGas
Transmission typeOutboard


Number of cabin1
Number of berth4
Fresh water capacity13.2 gal
Headroom max4.9 ft
Headroom kitchen4.3 ft
Headroom4.9 ft
Table dimensions2.6 x 2.1 ft
Length of berth6.6 ft
Width of berth*1.8 ft
Fore cabin
Headroom3.9 ft
Length of berth6.1 ft
Width of berth*5.6 ft
Catwalk width1.2 ft

Based on specification1983

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