The Beneteau First 44 was imagined with two deck layouts to satisfy a greater variety of wishes and needs.
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The First 44 version distinguishes itself with a inviting and comfortable cockpit, where wide side decks converge towards a folding cockpit table. Four winches, a fixed centerline block for the mainsheet, and a mast that is set further aft all maximize the potential of her modern sail plan, defined by a slender mainsail and generously sized foresails. Beneteau used experience from ballast systems and the Figaro 2 to deliver that same technology to First 44 owners; twin 80 gallon ballast tanks, activated electronically from the helm stations, offer the possibility of reaching the boat’s full potential with reduced crew.
On the First 44 Performance, deck ergonomics were studied and developed with fully crewed regattas in mind. Equipment and systems are geared towards racing, such as the foam non skid surfaces that replace the teak on the cockpit sole, six well placed winches and a conventional mainsail traveller. The rigging and sail setup include a 4 ½’ bowsprit, a hydraulic backstay, a powerful in hauler system and a performance keel/mast combo that will satisfy the most demanding captains and crews.
The First 44 is infused with Lorenzo Argento’s style, a distinctive blend of elegance and modernity. Her three cabin, two head layout is a combination of quality materials interwoven into a masterful finish. In the salon the six seater table stands opposite of the couch and nav station; its position in reference to the mast eases the movement between the galley and master stateroom, accentuating the spacious interior. This arrangement is enhanced by superb craftsmanship, a refined combination of white lacquered surfaces, molded woods, touches of indirect lighting and a large selection of luxurious upholsteries.
The First 44 is presented in two main setups, First 44 and First 44 Performance, each with different deck plans and options for keels and masts. She offers a streamlined interior layout that is modern and well lit, with a blend of white lacquered surfaces, molded woods and tasteful upholsteries. With the new First 44, Beneteau delivered an elegant and comfortable yacht that provides unequaled enjoyment under sail. ■