The Beneteau 57 Sailboat
Specs & Key Performance Indicators

The Beneteau Farr 57 is a 58-foot monohull sailboat designed by Bruce Farr and built by Beneteau since 2002. It is a fast and comfortable cruiser that can sail long distances with a small crew.

The crew of 'Never Say Never', a Beneteau 57 sailboat, drop the hook off Deshaies, Guadeloupe, an island in the French West IndiesA Beneteau 57

Published Specification for the Beneteau 57

  • Underwater Profile: Bulb fin keel & spade rudder
  • Hull Material: GRP (Fibreglass)
  • Length Overall: 57'0" (17.4m)
  • Waterline Length: 49'3" (15.0m)
  • Beam: 16'4" (5.0m)
  • Draft: 8'6" (2.6m)*
  • Rig Type: Fractional sloop
  • Displacement: 47,399lb (21,500kg)
  • Designer: Farr Yacht Design
  • Builder: Beneteau
  • Year First Built: 2002
  • Owners Association: Beneteau Owners Association

* A shoal draft verson was also produced with a draft of 6'10" (2.1m)


Published Design Ratios for the Beneteau 57

1. Sail Area/Displacement Ratio: 20.3

2. Ballast/Displacement Ratio: 35.2

3. Displacement/Length Ratio: 182

4. Comfort Ratio: 35.5

5. Capsize Screening Formula: 1.8

Read more about these Key Performance Indicators...

Summary Analysis of the Design Ratios for the Beneteau 57

1. A Sail Area/Displacement Ratio of 20.3 suggests that, in the right hands, the Beneteau 57 will have enough performance to leave most other sailboats of similar waterline length well astern. 

2. A Ballast/Displacement Ratio of 35.2 would usually mean that the Beneteau 57 would have a tendency to heel uncomfortably in a gust, and need to be reefed early to keep her sailing upright in a moderate breeze.

However, as she has much of her ballast concentrated in a bulb at the foot of her keel, she's likely to be considerably stiffer than her published Ballast/Displacement Ratio might suggest.

3. A Displacement/Length Ratio of 182, tells us the Beneteau 57 is clearly a light displacement sailboat. If she's loaded with too much heavy cruising gear and equipment her performance will suffer to a degree.

4. Ted Brewer's Comfort Ratio of 35.5 suggests that crew comfort of a Beneteau 57 in a seaway is similar to what you would associate with the motion of a moderate bluewater cruising boat - a predictable and acceptable motion for most seasoned sailors.

5. The Capsize Screening Formula (CSF) of 1.8 tells us that a Beneteau 57 would be a safer choice of sailboat for an ocean passage than one with a CSF of more than 2.0. 

Beneteau 57 (Farr) Accommodation LayoutBeneteau 57 (Farr) Accommodation Layout

The Beneteau 57 Farr Design has a classic center-cockpit layout with three or four cabins and four or five heads. The saloon is spacious and bright, with panoramic windows, a lengthwise galley, and a navigation station. The master cabin is located aft and has a centerline double bed, a dressing table, and an en suite shower room. The guest cabins are located forward and have either double or twin beds, and en suite or shared shower rooms. 


Cruisers' Questions about this Sailboat...

How much does the Beneteau 57 cost?

The price of the Beneteau 57 varies depending on the year, condition, and location of the boat. The average asking price for a used Beneteau 57 in July 2023 was approximately £367,000 ($510,000).

What are the main features of the Beneteau Farr 57?

The Beneteau Farr 57 has a spacious and elegant interior, with four or five cabins, a large saloon, a fully equipped galley, and a navigation station. It also has a wide and open cockpit, with twin wheels, a folding table, and an electrically operated transom that can be lowered to create a swim platform. The sail plan is powerful and easy to handle, with a furling genoa, a self-tacking staysail, and an in-mast furling mainsail. The hull is designed for speed and stability, with a deep keel, a balanced spade rudder, and a bow thruster.

How many people can the Beneteau Farr 57 accommodate?

The Beneteau Farr 57 can accommodate up to 10 people in four or five cabins, depending on the layout. The owner's cabin is located forward, with a centerline double bed, a dressing table, and an en-suite bathroom. The guest cabins are located aft, with either two double cabins or one double cabin and two twin cabins. Each cabin has its own bathroom and storage space. 

What are the performance characteristics of the Beneteau Farr 57?

The Beneteau Farr 57 is designed to be fast and seaworthy, with a hull speed of around 10 knots and a maximum speed of around 12 knots under sail. The boat can also motor at around 8 knots with a fuel consumption of around 4 gallons per hour (15 liters per hour). The boat has a fuel capacity of 127 gallons (480 liters), a water capacity of 264 gallons (1,000 liters), and a holding tank capacity of 60 gallons (225 liters).

What are some of the optional features of the Beneteau Farr 57?

The Beneteau Farr 57 can be customized with various options to suit different preferences and needs. Some of the optional features include:

  • A generator, an air conditioner, a watermaker, and an ice maker for more comfort and convenience;
  • A bow sprit, an asymmetric spinnaker, an electric winch, and a hydraulic backstay adjuster for more performance and ease of sailing;
  • A teak deck, a bimini top, a sprayhood, and cockpit cushions for more style and protection;
  • A radar, an autopilot, a GPS plotter, and an AIS receiver for more safety and navigation.

The above answers were drafted by sailboat-cruising.com using GPT-4 (OpenAI’s large-scale language-generation model) as a research assistant to develop source material; to the best of our knowledge, we believe them to be accurate.


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