Beneteau First 40.7

Fully Equipped Cat1 RORC Races
£65,000.00 (Approx US$84,311.50)
  • Boat REF#  ·  253547
  • Length  ·  12.17m
  • Year  ·  2001
  • Construction  ·  GRP
  • Underwater profile  ·  Fin
  • Sleeping berths  ·  8
  • Engine  ·  1 x diesel 40hp, Volvo Penta (2014)
  • Lying  ·  Kent
Boatshed Kent
Boatshed Kent
Suzzanne McDonald

Extra Details

Designer Farr
Builder Beneteau, France
Lying Kent
Fuel capacity 165.9 ltr (36.5 USG) Total - 1 Tanks
Water capacity 326.8 ltr (71.9 USG) Total - 1 Tanks


Engine 1 x diesel 40hp
Engine make and model Volvo Penta (2014)
Engine Hours Engine1: 2000
Engine Cooled Indirect
Steering Wheel
Drive Saildrive
Prop(s) 2 Blade folding
Fuel consumption (approx) Not Recorded
Cruising speed (approx) 6 knots
Max speed (approx) 7.91 knots
Engine spares

Owner says - rigorously serviced by the same mechanic since new
new propeller fitted March 2018
- new rudder bearings March 2018
Diesel tank regularly treated against diesel bug
Owner says -
I do keep all maintenance records, every even smallest repair is being recorded. Full log book kept throughout the life of the boat in my ownership
There are also 1000 of pictures of every part of the boat, especially if anything has been done to it.


Length 12.17m
LWL 10.62m
Beam 3.78m
Draft Min 2.36m
Draft Max 2.36m
Airdraft 17.88m
Displacement 6,970kg (15,368.9lbs)
Headroom 1.96m
Storage On marina


Sloop rigged Sparcraft Aluminium spars (2001) with Stainless Steel standing rigging (unknown year)


Reefing mainsail French Hydra Net - Slab (2017) Stack Pack, 2 Reefs
Headsail French Hydra Net - Furling (2017)
Spinnaker gear

Off shore sail wardrobe: the owner says they are(absolutely ready to go off shore racing
- Main 2017 (radial) and
- Gene (battened) 2017 (Hydra net)
- Light wind spinnaker
- heavy weather spinnaker
- Heavy weather Gene
- Brand new Storm sails
mast stepped out and inspected every second season (last done March 2018)
- new jackstays (RORC Spec) fitted March 2018
- new guardrail safety weak links renewed May 2018
Hydraulic backstay
£10,000 spent on beefing up mast and associated equipment

Electrical Systems

12 volt, 3 batteries charged by: engine, solar panels, shore power - 2 x 95Ah = 180 domestic - 1 x 95 Ah engine dedicated battery - Owner says both banks in excellent condition. Power consumption is 3.1 Ah


Construction GRP
Underwater profile Fin
Finish Gelcoat finish

This vessel is taken out of the water every 6 month - pressured washed and inspected and anti-fouled every 18 months with black EU 45 - last applied in March 2018) Beneteau’s First 40.7 was introduced in 1999, after more than two years in planning and design by the Farr Yacht Design team in Annapolis. The 40.7 quickly gained respect on the race course and is still a hot selling new boat. Used models are beginning to make their way into the marketplace at reasonable prices.

The design is typical of performance-oriented, IMS-influenced designs of the late 1990s and features a relatively narrow entry forward to enhance upwind performance. The maximum beam is carried well aft with flat, straight runs for speed and power downwind. Length overall is 39’ 3", waterline length is 34’ 10" and beam is 12’ 3". The standard version of the 40.7 draws 7’ 9," although there is an optional reduced draft model that draws 6’ 2". The designed displacement is a reasonable 15,211 pounds with ballast reported at 5,950 pounds, resulting in a ballast/displacement ratio of 39%, slightly below average for typical IMS boats of this size.
Although marketed as a racer-cruiser, there is no doubt this boat will appeal more to serious racing sailors who occasionally cruise than it will to cruisers who occasionally race. Her success on the race course and moderate price have kept the 40.7 in high demand.


Total # of berths 8
No. of double berths 3
No. of single berths 2
Cabin(s) 3
Sink 1
Shower 1
Heads 1 heads (Manual)

The Interior is comfortable, bright and airey too and the joinery pleasing too. This yacht will be enjoyed by cruisers and racers alike. The berths in the cabins are ample providing 6'7" in the aft cabins, 7'2" in the fore cabin and the saloon berths are 6'1".
Fresh water tanks sanitised every year - providing potable waters

2 burner propane Stove


Cabin heating
Pressurised water system
Hot water system
Cockpit shower

The Interior is comfortable, bright and airey too and the joinery pleasing too. This yacht will be enjoyed by cruisers and racers alike. The berths in the cabins are ample providing 6'7" in the aft cabins, 7'2" in the fore cabin and the saloon berths are 6'1".
Fresh water tanks sanitised every year - providing potable waters

2 burner propane Stove

Nav Equipment

VHF DSC radio
Chart plotter
Navigation lights
AIS Receiver
Depth sounder
Radar Reflector

Navigation Equipment additional details.
Additional Chartplotter
Raymarine electronics - 2 years old
B&G Wind instruments - 2 years old
Autopilot - dully refurbished last year (completely serviced hydraulics) + new electronics (refurbished)
VHF has a splitter

Safety Equipment

Swim ladder
Emergency steering

3 bilge pumps (2 manual / 1 electric)

Safety equipment more detail -
Radar Reflector - passive and Active (Echomax) Secondary nav lights (deck level)
MOB fobs for 5 on board
- Horse shoe lifebuoys with lights and drogues - one connected to RORC Danbuoy (light and flag)
Co, CO2, fire and gas alarms throughout
- Fire extinguishers 4 x 2 kgs
- Fire blanket
- safety torch in every cabin

Broker's Comments

These boat details are subject to contract.
The current owner has clearly enjoyed both racing and cruising with this Beneteau First 40.7 Fantastic Spec with Maintenance Records/Receipts The sleek Bruce Farr deck design aimed to create a fast racing boat. The Beneteau First Series race package for the boat includes a triple-spreader mast with hydraulic backstay and rod rigging, as well as a Tuff Luff headstay, standard spinnaker gear, Vectran halyards, folding prop, deep keel stepped mast, and a Lewmar winch package. Its aluminum rig factors favorably under the dynamic allowance, a handicap adjustment the Offshore Racing Council introduced in 1996 to allow cruising-oriented designs to compete under IMS. So with the right captain and crew there have been reports in excess of 10 Knots achieved. At the same time she is comfortable down below so will also double up as a cruiser when with friends and family. This owner has meticulously looked after the most important aspects of his yacht and has the receipts to bear this out. She is a very highly specified vessel and will not disappoint with her wonderful pedigree, beautiful lines she is a pleasure to sail.

Note: Offers on the asking price may be considered.

This Beneteau First 40.7 has been personally photographed and viewed by Suzzanne McDonald of Boatshed Kent. Click here for contact details.
The particulars herein are intended to give a fair description of the vessel but are not guaranteed as accurate. They shall not form part of any offer or contract for the sale of the vessel. The prospective purchaser is recommended to independently check the particulars. The vendor is not selling in the course of a business unless otherwise stated. Personal property is excluded from the sale of the vessel unless specifically included in the listing specifications above or in a Purchase Contract. Personal property may be equipment or gear not permanently attached to the vessel including but not limited to: artwork, entertainment equipment, fishing equipment, TV receivers, recreational equipment, kayaks, tools, and personal appliances. Photos that may incidentally depict owners' personal property do not convey that such items are included in the sale of the vessel unless specifically listed herein.

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