Beneteau First 40

The latest in Beneteau’s ever-popular First series of racer-cruisers wears its pedigree in plain sight; the same sleek profile as the earlier, large Farr-designed Firsts, the 50 and 45, the same powerful rig and deep torpedo-bulbed keel, the same family-friendly interior that keeps the good times coming even when the racing’s over. It’s all just condensed into a smaller, more manageable package. LOA 41ft 3in, LWL 35 ft., beam 12ft 9in, draft 6ft 4in, displacement 16,664 lbs., sail area 1054 sq. ft., design Philippe Briand, builder Beneteau. Beneteau USA: 843 629 5300.