2023 Beneteau America First 18 SE

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. 

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 previosuly were incapable of reaching.

Basic Boat Info

Make: Beneteau America
Model: First 18 SE
Year: 2023
Condition: New
Category: Sail
Construction: Fiberglass
Keel Type: Bulb Keel


Length: 18'3 ft
Length Of Deck: 23'11 ft
Beam: 7'10 ft
Max Draft: 4'11 ft
Min Draft: 0'7 ft
Bridge Clearance: 27'11 ft
Dry Weight: 1102 lb
Ballast: 2207 lb


Boat Class: Racers
More Info :
  • Hull and deck constructed with hand layup of Soric and foam sandwich with glass fibres reinforced with polyester and vinyl ester resin

  • Chainplates bolted to the hull

  • Hull reinforced with a stringer and bulkheads of the two insubmersibility chambers

  • Deck with moulded high traction non-skid

  • Two transoms hung rudders built of GRP foam sandwich mounted in custom aluminium cassettes

  • Bolts, screws and fittings made of marine grade stainless steel

  • Hull and deck moulded in single tone off-white

  • Hull sheave in a gel coat finish - prepared for the application of antifouling

Keel Arrangement
  • Cast iron swinging keel with epoxy primer and antifouling protection

  • Stainless steel winch with dyneema high modulus rope for hoisting the keel

  • Safety pin arrangement for fixing the keel in the keel box

  • Slots trip keel lips closing the exit of the keel box

  • Lifting straps attachment point on the top of the keel box

Deck Equipment
  • Stainless steel chain plates for shrouds and forestay,

  • Semicircular opening hatch on the foredeck for light and ventilation,

  • Ronstan blocks and cleats for the mainsail, jib and gennaker control lines,

  • Ronstan jib track,

  • Composite tiller with Ronstan tiller extension,

  • Soft (neoprene) cover while sailing and hard (plexiglass and GRP) cover for storage and transport

  • Attachments for engine bracket on stern

  • Manual bilge pump operated from the cockpit

Mast and Rigging
  • Carbon fibre mast and boom with local reinforcements

  • Mast protected with UV resistant foil, boom and bowsprit spray- painted with UV clear coat

  • Extending carbon fibre bowsprit

  • On-deck gennaker snuffer system

  • Bartels stainless steel jib furler set

  • U-bolt mooring rings on mid-bow and stern (3 pieces)

  • Custom mast foot which allows for easy setting of the mast without a crane

  • 1x19 standing rigging with bottle screw adjusters

  • Outhaul with 2:1 purchase led inside the boom

  • Mainsheet with cleat, swivel, ratchet and four ball-bearing low friction blocks

  • 6:1 boom vang purchase

  • Two 2:1jib sheets with blocks and cleats

  • One 2:1 Dyneema main halyard with cleat

  • One Dyneema jib halyard

  • One masthead gennaker halyard/gennaker retrieving line

  • One bowsprit control line

  • Composite shackles for attachments

  • Two gennaker sheets

  • 8:1 Cunningham control line with blocks and cleats

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