To develop a fast, fun, facile competitor was the challenge that Farr Yacht Design and Beneteau shared in the development of this new First 10R. Beneteau called on Bruce Farr to give the First 10R a really revolutionary hull – both stable and powerful, with a large bowsprit forward allowing big spinnakers to be carried to advantage when reaching. A real winner’s profile.  The First 10R and the First 34.7 are the same boat & design.  The US marketed the boat as the 10R and the rest of the world it was the 34.7.
Beneteau USA, the American division of the world’s largest sailboat manufacturer, builds hundreds of 32-49 foot production sailboats, as well as the Swift Trawler 42, in Marion, SC and imports sailing yachts up to 57 feet in length from its parent company in France. The boats are sold through a network of over 40 dealers from the north in Alaska to the southern tip of Chile.

  • LOA     34’0
  • LWL     28’8
  • Beam   11’1
  • Draft 6’7
  • Disp     10,265 lbs
  • Ball      3,682 lbs
  • Engine Yanmar 3YM20
  • Hall Carbon rig
  • CE        A
  • D/L      195
  • SA/D    19.3
  • Hull Speed       7.5 kts

Sailing World
December 5, 2005
The Paris Boat Show: Introducing the Beneteau 10R
Sailing World’s Tony Bessinger attended the opening days of the Paris Boat Show to catch the introduction of the latest First series design from Beneteau.
by Tony Bessinger
The Paris Boat Show is one of three big shows held each year in France,
and it’s where buyers go to order a boat in time for delivery the next
spring. In Europe, where it’s known as the Salon Nautique de Paris it’s
a big deal. As a result, manufacturers go all out, especially Beneteau,
which takes up a big chunk of floor space in the huge show with boats,
offices, a Beneteau clothing boutique, and lounge areas. The big shots
sit behind closed doors in back offices doing business with dealers,
while sales personnel work the floor, answer questions, and write up
orders for new boats at one of the many tables available for that
reason. Hostesses serve tiny plastic cups of espresso, and while “no
smoking” signs are all over the building, everybody’s puffing away with

Beneteau First 10R

March 2007 By John Kretschmer Boats and Gear
March 2007
Hot, one-design racing action packaged with cruising amenities
This is not your father’s Beneteau, or is it? Sailboats are always compromises, but Beneteau has crafted a balanced package with the First 10R. This boat has a raceboat personality where you can live out your rock star fantasies to the fullest, but it works just as well as a weekend cruiser. Good performance combined with a very comfortable interior make a great combination—the time-tested racer-cruiser concept.
Sailing World
July 27, 2007

Beneteau First 10R: A One Design That’s Not Afraid to Rate

During our test sail of the First 10R we were impressed with the boat’s steering and its tight turning radius. We also found it’s easy for a crew of five to sail in light air. From our April 2007 issue.
by Tony Bessinger
During our test sail of the First 10R we were impressed with the boat’s steering and its tight turning radius. We also found it’s easy for a crew of five to sail in light air.
For the second half of 2006, the Beneteau First 10R flew under the radar, competing in IRC and PHRF events on the East Coast. But as the new boat on the block, it was having a hard time getting results and respect. That all changed, however, when Robert Oberg’s Annapolis-based 10R NKE Electronics dominated its 13-boat PHRF 3 class at Acura Key West Race Week, and won the inaugural PHRF National Championship. The Beneteau First 10R resembles its ancestors, such as the popular First 40.7 and First 36.7, but one obvious attribute is a departure for the 123-year-old company. The bowsprit, mounted on the starboard side of the bow, which makes the 10R the first sprit boat Beneteau has offered to its North American market
First 10R: Preview of 34-Footer from Beneteau
First 10R: Marketed in North America is known as First 34.7 in Europe.
To develop a fast, fun, facile competitor was the challenge that Farr Yacht Design and Beneteau shared in the development of this new racer/one-design. With a sleek, open, no compromise cockpit, powerful sail plan, asymmetrical spinnaker and an iron blade/lead bulb combo keel, that goal has been reached with the new exciting First 10R.
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Yachting Life

Beneteau’s   new First 34.7 opts for a T shaped keel. Andi Robertson finds it to be a   cruiser with racing in its blood, which may spark a new One Design class.FOLLOWING   in the successful wake of the First 36.7, 40.7, 44.7 and 47.7, the new   Beneteau 34.7 is a different animal. It is the first time that the combined   efforts of Farr Yacht Design and Beneteau have collaborated on a boat which   addresses performance under IRC as its primary target.Previously   it was an IMS/IRC mix and while all of them performed well under IMS   initially, they all subsequently did well under IRC too. But this boat is a   step up in terms of IRC dedication while remaining very much a straight down the   line cruiser/racer, just as the rule favours.
It   is a commercial success already. Launched in Paris last year, the first test   sails only started in the early spring, but Beneteau have already sold 70   boats. Some of these sales from the plan are accounted for by the strong   worldwide Beneteau dealer network, but Italy, France, Spain and the UK have   all pre-orders of six or seven boats apiece, mostly from boat shows.

First For Fun

words & photos – Kevin Green
Beneteau’s latest keenly priced cruiser-racer, the new First 35 has the credentials to bring home the silverware and equally bring home the family from a weekend’s cruise.
– Overall design
– Value for money
– Performance
– Lacks windlass and strong bow roller
– Storage and liquid capacities limited
Versatility in design
The race-design expertise of Farr Yachts combined with the clever ergonomic build standards of the world’s largest yacht builder has combined to produce a very classy yacht, both in looks and performance.–racer/beneteau/first-35/first-for-fun-21658
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