First 310 is based on the Figaro hull that has been resized 6 inches higher to permit some more interior volume. This means that this sailboat is actually completely different from her Half Tonner -based precursors First 305 and First 30. First 310 stay a performance-oriented with her thin mast and the weight kept low. However to get her really going you need some crew on the board, or otherwise be prepared to reef the sails as soon as the wind rises.

Inside First 310 a touch of Philippe Stark can be seen in some details, such as table feet or rounded furniture. On the whole the accommodations work nicely, and Bénéteau has taken special care to bring the maximum daylight and fresh air in the interiors.
Beneteau First 310 Review in Yachting World Magazine March 1991


Main Features

Shipyard Bénéteau
Model First 310
Version Deep draft
Sailboat type Cruising-racing monohull
Designer Jean Marie Finot
Pascal Conq
Building years (first/last) 1990 / 1995
Number built 496
Predecessor Bénéteau First 285
Successor Bénéteau First 300 Spirit
Regulation 2eme
Construction Fiberglass/polyester, monolithic hull, balsa sandwich deck
Unsinkable No
Trailerable No
Appendage type Fin with bulb
Ballast type Cast iron
Rudder blade Single under hull rudder
Rudder Single tiller
Main dimensions
Length over all 31.1 ft
Hull length 30.0 ft
Waterline length 28.8 ft
Beam over all 10.6 ft
Waterline beam 8.4 ft
Fore freeboard 3.7 ft
Middle freeboard 3.1 ft
Draft 6.0 ft
Mast height 46.6 ft
Light displacement 6834 lbs
Full load displacement 8157 lbs
Ballast 1786 lbs
French customs tonnage 8.62 Tx

Rig and sails

Rig type Fractional Sloop (7/8)
Mast Deck stepped mast
Rig material Mast and boom in Aluminum
Standing rigging material 1×19 strand wire
Number of rows of spreader 1
Spreader angle Pushing
Spinnaker type Symmetrical spinnaker
Upwind sailarea 562 ft²
Downwind sailarea 960 ft²
Mainsail area 287 ft²
Genoa area 274 ft²
Working jib area 238 ft²
Spinnaker area 673 ft²


37.9 ft


13.0 ft


37.0 ft


10.8 ft


Wetted surface 220 ft²
Transverse section maximum surface 9 ft²
Prismatic coefficient 0.5612
Righting moment @ 1° 98 lbs/ft
Righting moment @ 30° 3208 lbs/ft
Righting moment max (kg/m) 3646 @ 50.00 °
Ballast ratio 26.1 %
Upwind sailarea / displacement 181.3 ft²/Ton
Downwind sailarea / displacement 309.7 ft²/Ton
HN (French rating) 20.0

Auxiliary engine

Brand Volvo
Type 1 x 2002
Engine power 1 x 9 hp
Power max (optional) 1 x 18 hp
Fuel capacity 17.2 gal
Fuel type Diesel
Transmission type Shaft-line
Propeller type Two-blade propeller


Number of cabin 2
Number of berth 6
Number of shower room 1
Fresh water capacity 44.9 gal
Headroom max 6.2 ft
Headroom kitchen 5.8 ft
Headroom shower room 5.7 ft
Headroom 5.9 ft
Table dimensions 2.6 x 3.3 x 2.9 ft
Length of berth 6.4 ft
Width of berth* 2.0 / 1.5 ft
Fore cabin
Headroom 5.7 ft
Length of berth 6.6 ft
Width of berth* 5.2 / 0.8 ft
Aft cabin
Headroom 5.8 ft
Length of berth 6.8 ft
Width of berth* 5.2 / 4.2 ft
Catwalk width 1.5 ft

*Maximal width : at head

Based on specification 1990



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