The Beneteau First 30E, a masthead sloop, was designed by Jean Berret and built in France by Beneteau.
Underwater Profile: Fin keel with spade rudder
Hull Material: GRP (Fibreglass)
Length Overall: 30'6" (9.3m)
Waterline Length: 26'11" (8.2m)
Beam: 10'8" (3.3m)
Draft: 5'6" (1.7m)
Rig Type: Masthead Sloop
Displacement: 7,055lb (3,200kg)
Designer: Jean Berret
Builder: Beneteau (France)
Year First Built: 1981
Year Last Built: 1984
Number Built: 443
Owners Association: Beneteau Owners Club
1. Sail Area/Displacement Ratio: 17.1
2. Ballast/Displacement Ratio: 40.6
3. Displacement/Length Ratio: 161
4. Comfort Ratio: 16.6
5. Capsize Screening Formula: 2.2
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1. A Sail Area/Displacement Ratio of 17.1 suggests that the Beneteau First 30E will, in the right conditions, approach her maximum hull speed readily and satisfy the sailing performance expectations of most cruising sailors.
2. A Ballast/Displacement Ratio of 40.6 means that the Beneteau First 30E will stand up well to her canvas in a blow, helping her to power through the waves.
3. A Displacement/Length Ratio of 161, tells us the Beneteau First 30E is clearly a light displacement sailboat. If she's loaded with too much heavy cruising gear her performance will suffer dramatically.
4. Ted Brewer's Comfort Ratio of 16.6 suggests that the Beneteau First 30E will have the motion underway to that of a lightweight racing boat. Crew comfort will often be memorable for all the wrong reasons. Upwind in lively conditions the Beneteau First 30E will be tender and slam enough to shake your fillings out with a motion that most cruising sailors have no desire to get used to.
5. The Capsize Screening Formula of 2.2 tells us that a Beneteau First 30E would not be a good choice of sailboat for ocean passage-making, owing to the increased risk of capsize in strong winds and heavy seas when compared to a sailboat with a CSF of less than 2.0.
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