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Beneteau First 27.7

Beneteau First 27.7 is a 29 ′ 0 ″ / 8.9 m monohull sailboat designed by Jean Marie Finot (Groupe Finot) and built by Beneteau starting in 2002.

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The theoretical maximum speed that a displacement hull can move efficiently through the water is determined by it's waterline length and displacement. It may be unable to reach this speed if the boat is underpowered or heavily loaded, though it may exceed this speed given enough power. Read more.

Classic hull speed formula:

Hull Speed = 1.34 x √LWL

Max Speed/Length ratio = 8.26 ÷ Displacement/Length ratio .311 Hull Speed = Max Speed/Length ratio x √LWL

Sail Area / Displacement Ratio

A measure of the power of the sails relative to the weight of the boat. The higher the number, the higher the performance, but the harder the boat will be to handle. This ratio is a "non-dimensional" value that facilitates comparisons between boats of different types and sizes. Read more.

SA/D = SA ÷ (D ÷ 64) 2/3

  • SA : Sail area in square feet, derived by adding the mainsail area to 100% of the foretriangle area (the lateral area above the deck between the mast and the forestay).
  • D : Displacement in pounds.

Ballast / Displacement Ratio

A measure of the stability of a boat's hull that suggests how well a monohull will stand up to its sails. The ballast displacement ratio indicates how much of the weight of a boat is placed for maximum stability against capsizing and is an indicator of stiffness and resistance to capsize.

Ballast / Displacement * 100

Displacement / Length Ratio

A measure of the weight of the boat relative to it's length at the waterline. The higher a boat’s D/L ratio, the more easily it will carry a load and the more comfortable its motion will be. The lower a boat's ratio is, the less power it takes to drive the boat to its nominal hull speed or beyond. Read more.

D/L = (D ÷ 2240) ÷ (0.01 x LWL)³

  • D: Displacement of the boat in pounds.
  • LWL: Waterline length in feet

Comfort Ratio

This ratio assess how quickly and abruptly a boat’s hull reacts to waves in a significant seaway, these being the elements of a boat’s motion most likely to cause seasickness. Read more.

Comfort ratio = D ÷ (.65 x (.7 LWL + .3 LOA) x Beam 1.33 )

  • D: Displacement of the boat in pounds
  • LOA: Length overall in feet
  • Beam: Width of boat at the widest point in feet

Capsize Screening Formula

This formula attempts to indicate whether a given boat might be too wide and light to readily right itself after being overturned in extreme conditions. Read more.

CSV = Beam ÷ ³√(D / 64)

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First 27.7 Beneteau

The first 27.7 beneteau is a 29.04ft fractional sloop designed by groupe finot and built in fiberglass by beneteau since 2002..

The First 27.7 Beneteau is a light sailboat which is a very high performer. It is reasonably stable / stiff and has a low righting capability if capsized. It is best suited as a racing boat. The fuel capacity is originally very small. There is a very short water supply range.

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Main features

Model First 27.7 Beneteau
Length 29.04 ft
Beam 9.84 ft
Draft 2.13 ft
Country France (Europe)
Estimated price $ 0 ??

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Sail area / displ. 23.04
Ballast / displ. 0 %
Displ. / length 122.28
Comfort ratio 14.60
Capsize 2.23
Hull type Monohull lifting keel
Construction Fiberglass
Waterline length 27.20 ft
Maximum draft 7.05 ft
Displacement 5511.55 lbs
Ballast 0 lbs
Hull speed 6.99 knots

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Rigging Fractional Sloop
Sail area (100%) 447.99 sq.ft
Air draft 0 ft ??
Sail area fore 199.56 sq.ft
Sail area main 248.32 sq.ft
I 38.16 ft
J 10.47 ft
P 35.96 ft
E 13.81 ft
Nb engines 1
Total power 0 HP
Fuel capacity 8 gals

Accommodations

Water capacity 13 gals
Headroom 0 ft
Nb of cabins 0
Nb of berths 0
Nb heads 0

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Builder Beneteau
Designer Groupe Finot
First built 2002
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Beneteau First 27 review: sportsboat given the Beneteau treatment

  • Rupert Holmes
  • June 20, 2022

Has Beneteau managed to turn a niche sportsboat into a fun cruiser? Rupert Holmes sails the Beneteau First 27 to find out

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Product Overview

Price as reviewed:.

The original version of the Sam Manuard-designed Seascape 27 (now branded as the Beneteau First 27 SE) has long been one of my favourite small yachts. In 2014 I sailed the prototype in Slovenia on a gusty winter’s day with the wind varying from 12-22 knots. Downwind with a big kite it was absolutely exhilarating, with speed hovering at 13-15 knots and occasionally hitting 17.5 in the stronger puffs.

Yet this was not an edge-of-control ride – the boat handled as though it was on rails, with heaps of reserve in the rudders, even when pressed hard. Given more time we could have enjoyed wonderful downwind sailing for 200 miles or more to Split or Dubrovnik, then put the boat on a road trailer for the upwind return leg.

So why change a winning formula? Quite simply, not everyone wants a boat that’s as optimised for speed: creature comforts and simplicity are also important factors. Hence Beneteau’s adaptation to create what’s now called the First 27 (without the SE designation).

Key changes include a shorter aluminium mast with pinhead mainsail, a fixed fin keel with torpedo bulb and 30cm less draught, plus an inboard diesel engine.

The cockpit benches in the forward part of the cockpit are also new and create a more comfortable cruising style, especially with the optional cockpit cushions. They also provide easily accessible on-deck stowage, in addition to the big lazarette.

The interior is brighter, more spacious and more civilised, thanks in part to the lack of a box for the lifting keel, although you still have to step over the frames in the bottom of the boat and there’s no standing headroom.

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The Beneteau First 27 has berths for four, plus cooking and heads facilities, but there’s no standing headroom

There are berths for four, including two comfortable settee/quarter berths in the saloon, plus a double in the forepeak and enough space to stow kitbags. The central folding table can also be used in the cockpit.

Between the saloon and forepeak there’s a small galley to port and toilet to starboard. This is neatly arranged, with the latter closed off, except while in use, when the galley units are then similarly concealed.

Sail area is also reduced compared to the original, by a little under 20% upwind and 13% downwind. At the same time, the inboard engine and other changes add to displacement, which is 300kg higher – a significant 21% increase.

Sailing the Beneteau First 27

On paper this looks like a potential disaster, but the reality is different. I sailed the new Beneteau First 27 in Barcelona a few months ago in very light airs, with only 3.5-6.5 knots of true wind and three of us on board. These were perfect conditions to discover whether the boat lacks power.

Close-hauled in 4 knots of true wind we only managed 2.8 knots of boat speed, but the boat came alive in just 5 knots of breeze when it accelerated to four knots, rising further to 4.5 of boat speed in 6 knots true. When fully powered up, maintaining 6 knots upwind shouldn’t be a problem – this is therefore a model that should out-sail many much larger cruising yachts on all points of sail.

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Beneteau’s First 27 is fast, predictable and great fun to sail

Bearing away onto a beam reach, we set the nylon furling gennaker, initially in 3.5 knots of breeze which gradually built to 6 knots. Boat speed throughout matched the wind speed. Bearing away further to a true wind angle of 120° on our return to harbour we maintained 5.5 knots of speed in 6.5 knots of true wind.

The helm was super light throughout, with the boat beautifully responsive both to accurate sail trim and to distribution of crew weight. In the very light airs at the start of our test, sitting to leeward and shuffling forward had a noticeable effect on both the feel in the helm and speed.

A boat that’s so responsive adds significantly to both the fun factor and the sense of satisfaction you get from sailing, which was a welcome change for me at the end of a week testing 45-60ft yachts. However, the Beneteau First 27 has more than enough inherent stability that it’s not dependent on crew weight for this, so you can sit wherever is most comfortable or convenient.

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The Beneteau First 27 is light on the helm and easily driven

Historically one of the downsides of small boats like this has often been when conditions get tough. However, this boat can be pushed far harder than most owners would contemplate, so the boat will remain safe in this respect, even if caught out in more challenging conditions than expected.

One drawback though, is the relatively short stanchions and pushpits. While they meet all the regulations for a boat of this size, a full height rail would give a better feeling of security.

The inboard engine is a 15hp with shaft drive. It’s a powerful unit for such an easily driven hull, but was chosen as it’s the smallest model that satisfies the emissions requirements of the USA’s Environmental Protection Agency.

Seven knots at cruising revs is easily attained and at full throttle we left the stern wave behind and accelerated to 10 knots! This makes it a very interesting option for a weekender, or even a quick summer evening sail, where the ability to return quickly to base is an imperative.

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This is an appealing fast cruiser that stands out for a number of reasons. Its sailing qualities promise far more satisfaction for daysailing and weekend jaunts than most cruisers can offer. Although compact, the interior is welcoming and provides for all basic needs. And it’s a boat that will be very easy to look after. It’s therefore an interesting option for someone who usually sails in the sun, whether on their own boat or with others, but wants a capable and fun yacht to keep near home for daysails, weekends and occasional longer trips. Indeed it’s clearly cross-Channel capable in decent weather and in experienced hands, with the potential for a fast passage in the right weather. Compared to the SE version, this offers the benefits of simplicity, comfort and the convenience, without sacrificing the key ethos of a boat that’s enormously enjoyable and satisfying to sail.

Technical specifications - First 27.7

Technical features.

  • Length HT : 28ft (8.60m)
  • Max. width : 10ft (3m)
  • Weight : 2.79 tons
  • Draft : 2ft (0.65m) to 7ft (2.20m)
  • Max. sleeping capacity : 4
  • Number of cabins : 2
  • Bathrooms : 1
  • Water capacity : 50L

Standard motorisation

  • Engine Power : 14hp
  • Fuel capacity : 30L

Standard canopy

  • Mainsail area : 91sqft (27.80m2)
  • Genoa/jib area : 69sqft (21m2)

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Naval designer :  Groupe Finot

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  • Thread starter Inspirido
  • Start date 16 Sep 2020
  • 16 Sep 2020

Hi there. Am looking for views/reviews, please, from members who may have done some sailing - especially cruising - on a Benetteau First 27.7 with a lifting keel. Have been looking at a few not unreasonably priced ones. Am downsizing from an older but larger heavier cruiser. I now need a smaller boat, with smaller mooring/ running costs. I'm getting older too. Based in Ireland but fond of hopping via the Scilly Isles to France for day-sail cruising most summers, I am wondering how I might fare in this particular boat. I fancy being able to poke a little further up rivers. Apologies for a rather long-winded request. Thanking forum members for feedback. Jk  

  • 17 Sep 2020

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Welcome to the Forum Inspirido! I have no experience of a First 27.7, but I am sure that there are others on here who do have. Have you seen this review on the Brokerage site Yachtsnet? Beneteau First 27.7 archive details - Yachtsnet Ltd. online UK yacht brokers - yacht brokerage and boat sales Re downsizing from a larger and heavier cruiser - the 27.7 appears to be a bit more race orientated than cruise - what are you down sizing from? And how many crew will there typically be on your new boat? The 27.7 certainly should be fun to sail, and be able to achieve good passage times on your cruises from Ireland to France  

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Bajansailor’s enquiry about crew size is right on the money. The reviews I’ve read could all be summarised thus: goes like the bleedin’ clappers but needs some weight on the rail.  

I can't help about the boat but as the others say it could be a lively crossing. You might well downsize the performance envelope by sailing offshore reefed and still make good passage times on this type of machine. I once sailed a long way with two big reefs in my ripped main and my heavy boat still made satisfactory progress. However. The real reason I chirped up was to say that it sounds a great idea to sail that sort of boat around France. There are loads of places that never feature because fixed keel boats seldom get there. They are attractive, free and tranquil. A pair of lightweight legs and you are away - would make a good YouTube channel. Keep us posted. .  

Thanks a million. I'm downsizing from a Gibsea 442 which we've had for 15 years - bought with a friend, at a time when there were plans on a grander scale for cruising much further afield. Plans change. So, I want to stay sailing, in a boat I can afford to keep, with a good size cockpit, that has a lifting keel, which I can singlehand. I'm not going racing, but I like the idea of making progress with a Code Zero and I like the 'fun-to-sail' aspect of this boat. Good passage times for coastal cruising would be great. I might never cruise to France again but I'd like a boat that would be comfortable for several weeks afloat. So, minimum criteria : good singlehander, lifting keel/bilge keeler (Django 7.7 too expensive) good size cockpit and capable of occasional offshore passage making. I'll look at any other boat that might suit, but she must be a lifting keel/centreboard/bilge keel design. Thanks again. JK  

Re crew - mostly singlehanded sailing, but with one or two crew, maybe, on the holidays. Jk  

Have you thought of looking at a Parker 275? Might be somewhat gentler to sail than the First 27.7 in more marginal conditions.  

We had good friends with a 27.7 for 3 years. They sailed it 2 adults and 2 kids aged 3-7 and we did the channel lslands down to St Malo in the wet and windy summer of 2007. The boat goes well and can be managed by a single adult, but it is lively and you need to be on your feet when it's windy, they were ex dinghy sailors and enjoyed its performace. In particular they managed to surf it in a huge sea off Cap le hague at over 18knts.  

KeithH said: Have you thought of looking at a Parker 275? Might be somewhat gentler to sail than the First 27.7 in more marginal conditions. Click to expand...
seumask said: We had good friends with a 27.7 for 3 years. They sailed it 2 adults and 2 kids aged 3-7 and we did the channel lslands down to St Malo in the wet and windy summer of 2007. The boat goes well and can be managed by a single adult, but it is lively and you need to be on your feet when it's windy, they were ex dinghy sailors and enjoyed its performace. In particular they managed to surf it in a huge sea off Cap le hague at over 18knts. Click to expand...

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I happen to know this older First 325 would be a good buy if you want to go larger than the 27.7 Beneteau First 325 for sale (Am current owner .... I'll get my coat)  

Yes .... get that coat and run!!  

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I've sailed a 27.7, it's a very nice boat and was much better-sorted than most boats of its time. The Parker's a great boat too, but will be much harder to find. You'd have a hard job finding a lift-keeler to best either.  

Thank you. Have just looked at the Parker, as recommended earlier. Reckon I'd prefer the 27.7 for daysails but might prefer to be in a Parker if caught offshore in a real blow. There are more of the First's available in pretty fresh condition.  

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ABOUT BENETEAU FIRST 27.7

The Beneteau First 27.7 is 29 feet long and has a 10 feet beam and a draft of 2.2. This 2004 diesel Beneteau First 27.7 with 18 horsepower. The Beneteau First 27.7 is made of polyesteras well as being equipped with plotter, vhf.

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We are the proud purchasers in 2014 of a 2007 Beneteau First 27.7 (8.3m hull length including at the waterline - vertical bow and transom) sailing in Sydney, Australia. Ours is a fixed keel and fixed, transom hung rudder and draws 2.1m which is deepish for a boat of this length. A lifting keel/rudder version was also built. I am generally pleased with the boat and there is a 2011 review at Yacht & Boat - Google it. There are a number of videos of these boats on Youtube, just search Youtube for: Beneteau First 27.7 There are lots of images by searching Beneteau First 27.7 at Google using image search. They are nicely fitted out but without shower, hot water, electric water pumps or fridge but do have toilet in separate head, icebox, nice (gas with external bottle locker) galley, and nav area with swing out stool and chart table with plotter and radio. There is a very nice saloon area with white leather (?) lounges, a V berth, and a double quarter berth that extends under the cockpit floor. It tends to get used for the spinnaker pole, boom tent, boat cover and other storage. Raymarine Tri Data and wind speed/direction and a compass are mounted on the rear of the coachhouse. The 14hp Yanmar is sufficient but only makes 4.8kts at 2700rpm with a folding prop for racing (with a quite clean hull). A roller furling headsail makes life easy for short handed sailing, as do newly installed lazy jacks (pulled forward to mast when not in use). The asymetrical spinnaker is great but presently not on a top down furler, but is in a sock. The usual care needs to be taken when rigged for outside gybing not to lose the lazy sheet under the boat. The main has two reefing points, both led back to the rear of the coach house roof, at the expense of having the cunningham on a block/pulley system at the mast with the loose end thrown back to the companionway. There are horns at the gooseneck. The diesel tank of 30 litres is adequate but not overly generous for coastal bay hopping under motor but is translucent so the level is easily seen when the locker is opened. The boat has a fixed main topping lift, so it's either on (limiting the ability to take twist out of the sail) or has to be taken off and forward to the mast where we have installed shockcord with a clip to retain it. The boat is like a big dinghy. It is designed to be sailed by a helm sitting aft in a specially designed area with adjustable footrests, playing the traveller (and the fine tune if needed) when on the breeze, with the main sheet not normally used in beating but accessible for easing/pulling on when rounding marks or off the breeze (or in a really major gust if the fine tune is fully eased and more is needed). We are yet to race under spinnaker and only have an assy. Our pole seems oversized in diameter and when on the mast ring can't be dipped under the forestay but has to be gybed end to end. It would be premature to offer much commentary on the set up for the spinnaker, but there is a Selden extendable prodder/sprit with adjustable tack, topper and downhaul all led back to the winches on the coachhouse and turning blocks well aft on each side for the sheets, with jam cleats for the jib sheets near the front of the cockpit. The things I am getting used to are: 1. The what would otherwise be a completely open transom (like a Young 88) has a full width traveller mounted above it with end of boom sheeting, effectively making access from a dinghy more difficult by blocking/closing the transom. 2. Extending aft of the traveller beam are two triangles that keep the double sided (but only for about 1.5 metres above the traveller) backstay out off the roachy main which has 2 full length battens up high. The triangle on the starboard side provides a place to sit before using the starboard transom mounted step to get into the dinghy. 3. While the mainsheet block and cleat (coarse tune) is on the traveller car, there is a double ended fine tune set forward of the tiller but otherwise towards the rear of the cockpit. The starboard side must be released from cleats to lift the locker lid section of seat. 4. The mainsheet is very heavy for a less strong sailor using only one hand in above about 10-12 knots, but the traveller remains quite light. The fine tune is much more manageable than the mainsheet above 10 knots because of the extra gearing, but wil only release a maximum of 1.2 metres of mainsheet from the "on fully block to block" position to "fully off jammed at the turning block on the boom" position. 5. Because the fine tune is mounted at a fixed point on the cockpit floor and about 1.5 metres forward of the end of the boom, when the traveller is released the mainsheet system tightens slightly as the traveller car and therefore the boom moves away from the centre line. As a result of the say 1.2 metres of mainsheet released by maximum possible release of the fine tune only about 0.9 metres is available to let the boom go out (and up depending on vang), the other 0.3 metres is offsetting the tightening of the mainsheet system that would otherwise occur as the boom moved away from the centreline as the traveller is eased. 6. Because there is a tiller for the transom hung rudder the mainsheet would spends half it's life on the leeward side of the tiller if you didn't bring it across too, or at least a portion of it every tack or gybe. This is a bit of a handful in heavy/very gusty winds as there are snag points on the tiller and traveller car and the fine tune base set up on the cockpit floor. 7. Mainsheet or spinnaker sheets (also used when poling out jib) tend to snag the gear/throttle lever on the starboard side but it is removable and also acts to loosen the diesel filler cap. I have seen a Beneteau 30 where the traveller controls and the mainsheet block have been brought forward onto a raised console in front of the tiller with the fine tune to allow a mainsheet hand to use either the fine or coarse tune of the mainsheet and the traveller, taking some pressure of the person helming, especially in heavy gusts, and getting the mainsheet away from around the tiller. This might be a desirable modification on the 27.7 particularly for racing. The controls are still accessible to the person helming, just on the other hand to what they otherwise would be. The boat is manageable even single handed in a steady 12 knots without a reef, but racing in 12 knots even without spinnaker is better with 3 or more, particularly if there are strong gusts. I would be grateful for advice on how best to sail this boat and any changes people have made to the set up.  

Some tips I was given by another owner (who has been sailing a 27.7 for seven years on Sydney Harbour) for sailing in heavy gusts (above say 15): 1. Have helmsperson sit forward using tiller extension with mainsheet hand at very back of boat. Much easier for helm not having to worry about mainsheet and traveller, 2. Put an extra loop in the mainsheet system above the traveller so mainsheet hand can manage the mainsheet coarse tune more easily, 3. Lots of backstay on in heavy gusty weather, 4. Vang off or loose going to windward, the mainsheet will drag the boom down when working, 5. Outhaul on hard to black band in strong winds, 6. Use cunningham to flatten sail and bring draft forward (can't do when reefed so use main halyard tension then), 5. Count the gusts in, 6. Learn to distinguish between gusts that will lift and those that will knock and communicate this to helm, 7. Feather the boat into the gust to reduce initial heel when gust hits, 8. Get the mainsheet off early before the gust hits then draw it back on after the initial impact - the 27.7's are a bit tender and once they begin rounding up they are hard to stop, 9. First reef they do at 20 knots, but do it earlier until you get more control, 10. Weight on the rail helps, 11. An old blown out/stretched sail is generally very hard to get flat, so will be harder to sail efficiently in strong gusty weather than a newer sail that has been cut for higher windspeeds. Thanks to Paul for his help.  

Good review I only have beneteau 40 experience It's nice to see what's different about the newer smaller models  

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Beneteau First 27.7

Beneteau targets the smaller end of the keelboat market with its new multi-purpose fun machine.

With the market pushing towards ever-bigger production boats, it's refreshing to see a new yacht like Beneteau's First 27.7 enter the field. It's a clever little boat with the potential to appeal to a broad range of buyers, from relative newcomers to veteran racing enthusiasts.

Small imported sailboats have historically been a hard sell in Australia. Potential buyers have been been able to find cheaper new boats here, or pick up apparent bargains on the secondhand market, where they can find bigger boats for similar prices.

These days, though, you'd be hard pressed to find a local production sailboat under 30ft that's still being built - the secondhand stock of boats in this size range is ageing and buying a bigger boat for 'a steal' can ultimately result in bigger problems.

Besides, the market moves on as builders find new ways to produce faster, lighter boats and make greater use of interior space. Developments include asymmetrical spinnakers with bowsprit poles, which are easy to handle and fast and fun to use.

Major French builder Beneteau has evidently been keeping an eye on recent releases from companies like J-Boats, as well as keeping its own hand in with the production of the new Figaro one-design racing boat. Now it has released the 27.7, designed by Groupe Finot in association with the French builder's own design team.

The new boat cleverly combines a host of features. For starters, it has a retractable keel and lifting rudder, so that it can be cruised in shallow waters and also kept out of the water and trailed behind a powerful tow vehicle (to the Whitsundays in winter, for example).

Next, it has a modern rig with the potential to run masthead or hounds asymmetrical gennakers from a retractable bowsprit.

These can be far easier to manage than conventional symmetrical spinnakers, avoiding the bowman's 'dance of death' on the foredeck during gybes, and reducing the need for lots of crew.

This is but one element of an overall thrust towards exciting performance. Another is the effort to keep hull weight low within the constraints of a production line environment (new injection moulding techniques for the deck have enabled Beneteau to avoid the necessity for an interior deck liner, thereby keeping weight down, for example).

Associated with this is the decision not to include cruiser/racer staples like pressurised hot/cold water, refrigeration and bathroom vanity units. At the same time, the boat is far from a stripped-out racer - it has a functional interior that can sleep four or even six, plus a basic galley and toilet facilities for overnighting or longer term cruising for those prepared to do without all the comforts of home.

In this, the boat's creators have recognised the realities of recreational boat usage. Many owners would like to spend more time on their boats but rarely manage to do so. Daysailing is the usual pattern, so why bother with all the liveaboard extras when the reality is that they're mostly superfluous?

The emphasis here is on fast sailing, just for fun or around the race track. We've seen removable cockpit lockers on the Beneteau First 41.7; now we have removable interior cabinets on the First 27.7 to reduce unnecessary weight when racing.

Beneteau and its Australian representative Vicsail are also seeking to reduce unnecessary weight in the price, with the 27.7 retailing for $135,000 with basic sails and instrumentation.

ON DECK With its broad stern and transom-mounted rudder, the First 27.7 looks something like a Mini-Transat racer from behind, but in profile the big coachhouse indicates that the designers had comfort in mind, too. The aft hull sections are powerful with a hard turn to the bilge, leading forward to a deep, plumb bow making maximum use of overall length.

The lift keel carries the ballast deep in a lead bulb and the rudder blade can be raised or lowered within the transom-mounted rudder box, skiff-style. Another unusual aspect of the transom is the inclusion of outboard mounting plates for the backstay, intended to prevent the backstay from catching on a fully-battened, large-roached mainsail.

The tapered aluminium mast is set up with two sets of spreaders and a fractional headsail, which can be set up with roller reefing if preferred.

DOWN BELOW The immediate impression upon stepping below is open space, with a surprising amount of cherrywood veneer cabinetry amid clean white surfaces. Where possible, extra weight is avoided; there are no floorboards, for example. I slipped and slid a bit at first on the cabin sole.

The view forward takes in the double berth in the bow, partly enclosed by the main bulkhead (privacy could be gained with the inclusion of a curtain). There is another double berth aft, which does offer privacy thanks to the inclusion of a cabin door, and is accompanied by a hanging locker.

Occupying the central area of the saloon is the retractable keel case, and optional timber table, flanked by settees of 1.95m and 1.75m length. The keel-stepped mast slots through the centre of the table, while the keel mechanism includes a lifting wire and aft post.

When the keel is fully lifted, the bulb sits up flush under the hull and the top of the keel is just below the deckhead. Beneteau has added locking sytems to lock the keel up and down, and a guiding system to prevent it from getting stuck out of alignment in the case.

The galley to port features a single burner gas stove, single stainless steel sink and a freshwater supply via a foot pump. There is an insulated icebox but no refrigeration.

Opposite is the nav station - a relatively generous area that offers a swing-out stool as an option. Stored at the base is the hydraulic unit that operates the keel lift. This requires roughly 50 pumps to fully raise the keel; an electric powered option is available.

Behind the nav station is the bathroom, which contains a Jabsco manual toilet and a wet hanging locker. Battery switches and manual bilge pump are aso in here. Handwashing facilities are at the galley sink.

The engine is a 10hp Yanmar diesel saildrive, housed under the companionway with access from the sides and front.

PERFORMANCE The first day set aside for this test (and photography) proved perfect in ever regard except for the wind. We started out in about 5–8kt which soon fizzled out to nothing.

So I tried again several days later, this time as a member of Neville Wittey's crew aboard the 27.7 in one of the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia's winter series races. Disappointingly the breeze was again quite light, in the 5–12kt range. The boat performed well upwind and down, particularly under a huge new masthead gennaker from the Sydney Ullman Sails loft, which hauled us along in step with much bigger boats.

This really is a boat that deserves tiller steering rather than a wheel, and it's well set up for the driver with a lot of space and easy access to sail controls including the mainsheet, traveller (which runs across the transom) and the powerfully-purchased backstay.

I was reminded of my limited J24 experience, which generally seemed to consist of the driver sitting back having all the fun, while the rest of the crew perched forward on the windward rail.

Having said that, the deck hardware is user-friendly, and handling the headsail and gennaker presented no headaches.

I'm just sorry that we were denied the thrilling fresh wind spinnaker rides promised by the 27.7's appearance. I'm sure this is a fun boat to sail in a breeze, and I'm determined to find out first-hand when the opportunity finally arrives.

Meanwhile, it's worth noting that the First 27.7 was voted European Yacht of the Year at the last Dusseldorf Boat Show.

I haven't the judges' brief, but I wouldn't be surprised to see innovation and performance ranked high among the criteria.

  • Retractable keel and rudder widen the options for storage and trailerability.
  • No concessions to rating systems puts the 27.7 at the mercy of the handicappers in open fleet racing.





























































Base Price $135,000 including basic sails and instrumentation
 
General
Material: GRP hull and injection moulded GRP/balsa deck
Type: Performance monohull
Overall length: 8.85m
Waterline length: 8.30m
Maximum beam: 3.00m
Weight: 2700kg
Ballast: 600kg
Draft: 2.15m/0.62m
 
Engine
Make/model: Yanmar 1GM10C single-cylinder marine diesel saildrive
Rated hp: 9.1hp
 
Capacities
Berths: Four
Fuel: 30lt
Water: 50lt
 
Sail area
Mainsail: 28.0sqm
Furling genoa: 22.0sqm
Optional spinnaker: 50–60sqm
 
Supplied by Beneteau Vicsail, Rushcutters Bay (NSW), tel (02) 9327 2088

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