2023 Beneteau 18' (5.49 m) FIRST 18 SE
Houston, New Orleans, St. Petersburg, Florida, United States
The Sheer Sailing Pleasure
FIRST SE SERIES HIGH-TECH PERFORMANCE FROM THE CUTTING EDGE OF RACING INTO THE HANDS OF THE RECREATIONAL SAILORS.
- Fiberglass Hull
- Stock #: Available for Order
|Easy to Rig|
|Easy To Plane|
GET TO KNOW HER
The First 18 SE is a modern and fun gateway to keel-boat sailing. A wide, flat and stable hull, ballasted swinging keel, gennaker snuffer system, furling jib, and minimized deck controls all facilitate an easy-to-handle yet lively sailing experience. Easily dismantled and trailered, she'll surely fulfill racing ambitions in international one-design classes as well as adventurous sea-camping.
NAVAL ARCHITECT: Manuard YD
INTERIOR DESIGN: EP Studio
Concept and R&D: Seascape
WHY FIRST 18 SE?
The First 18 SE can be easily sailed by a crew of 1 to 3 people thanks to a large and clean cockpit, a furling jib, a gennaker snuffer system, a high boom, and a mast without a backstay, which allows for a bigger square-top mainsail.
The One Design racing calendar comprises everything from fully crewed windward-leeward races to adventurous long-distance double-handed or solo challenges. Whichever you choose, you can count on a friendly community of like-minded sailors.
A retractable keel, removable rudder blades, and a light carbon mast make the First 18 SE truly trailable and easily launched, which will enable you to discover new places, attend international events and meet new sailors.
The First 18 SE is one of the safest in her category. Insumbersibility chambers make her unsinkable, a swinging keel prevents structural damage in case of grounding, and twin rudders give you complete control for safe downwind planing.
The First 18 SE delivers a dinghy-like sailing experience but on a more stable and safer platform, thanks to the wide and flat hull shape and deep-ballasted swinging keel. Twin rudders ensure complete control even when planing at double-digit speeds. Boat handling and deck controls are simplified as much as possible for the best sailing experience. The jib is furling, the gennaker is easily operated with a snuffer system, and a carbon mast without a backstay supports the powerful square-top mainsail, which ensures fast sailing even in light wind conditions. Thanks to its ergonomic and spacious open cockpit, the boat can be easily sailed solo or with 2 or even up to 3 crew members. Whether in challenging regattas or joyful day sails, you'll always have a chance to explore, learn, and grow with the boat's potential.
Despite being small, the First 18 SE cabin can still accommodate up to two adults in a sea-camping manner. The front V-berth is sized for an 18ft boat and she also comes with smart crew bags for personal belongings and storage under the cockpit, spacious enough for all the technical equipment. Traditional comfort might be limited, but she can get you into the most unreachable places you've never discovered before and connect you with the elements like no other boat. Her large, open cockpit makes her an ideal family sea-camping platform and offers direct access to the sea in cruising mode. A fully retractable swinging keel and removable rudder blades will give you access to some of the shallowest bays which you previously were incapable of reaching.
Joining the One Design Class gives you access to the largest recreational community of like-minded sailors. It enables you to test your skills on the racecourse and enjoy good company ashore.
Stock #: Available for Order
LOA: 18' 3'' (5.56 Meters)
Type: Sail- New
Beam: 7' 1''
LWL: 16' 11''
Draft Max: 4' 11''
Fuel Type: Electric
Hull Material: Fiberglass
Hull Finish: Gel Coat
Bridge Clearance: 27' 11''
Displacement: 1102 lbs
Dry Weight: 1102
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- Engine Type: Outboard
Press & Media
As she whizzes across the waves, the First 18 is nothing but sheer sailing pleasure. Whether you are cruising or racing, this small towable one design has all you need for endless enjoyment of the best sailing sites.
A large progressively chined hull gives you a taste of what is to come. The First 18 offers speed and sensations, whatever your programme. Stable and lightweight, with a planning hull and high-performance rigging, the First 18 makes the most of the slightest puff of wind to reach speeds that can equal it! Stiff in a breeze, she is also perfectly at ease when the wind picks up. Certified for four people aboard, the First 18 handles easily with a crew of two or solo, even under spinnaker. Thanks to her lifting keel, you can beach wherever you want.
The habitable space under the First 18’s coachroof is amazing for a boat this size, making it perfect for coastal cruising. A user-friendly companionway takes you inside where the cabin has a 2.20 m long double berth and lots of clever stowage. A cockpit tent provides additional sleeping space
READY FOR ALL KINDS OF ADVENTURES
There’s an air of adventure about the First 18. Combining all the pleasures of dinghy sailing, her versatility appeals as much to expert regatta racers as it does to novices who dream of coastal raids with family or friends.
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