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Beneteau First 21.7

Brief details


Bènèteau, France

An ultra-modern small fast cruiser/racer - in style very much a miniaturised Open 60, the Beneteau First 21.7 offers very high sailing performance for her size, plus simple accommodation for up to four. The boat is very much dinghy-style to sail, although the keel does make her self-righting, and foam buoyancy renders her unsinkable. Whether or not a trailer is included has a significant effect on price, as does age and condition/inventory. The design was still in production in 2010, though it has now been replaced with the generally very similar First 20.


21' 0"

Sail area

271 sq ft main and genoa, plus 405 sq ft spinnaker


19' 8"




8' 2"




2' 4" keel up to 5' 10" keel down




2,425 lbs *




772 lbs *


typically 4 - 6

Keel type

Profiled cast iron drop keel with twin rudders

* Displacement and ballast weights are quoted slightly differently in various sources, including different Beneteau brochures. The latest figures given for the 21.7S are 1,245 and 300 Kg - ie 2,745 and 661 lbs. It may be that later boats have greater overall weight but slightly lower ballast.

Beneteau First 21.7

Designed by Groupe Finot, and introduced in 2005 as a replacement model for the 1998 First 211, the Beneteau First 21.7 is a small high performance yacht designed to be simple to sail, and able to take the ground or be trailed. The words 'pocket rockets' tend to be used to describe these boats!

The design started in 1992 as the First 210, and progressive revisions, through the 211 and 21.7 to 21.7S are very similar in style and concept, and appear to share many actual components, probably including the hull moulding itself. In 2008 the design was again modified slightly to become the First 21.7S, and around 2011 the First 20 replaced it in Beneteau's model range.


The hull of the Beneteau First 21.7 is solid GRP, with sandwich construction for the deck moulding. There is foam buoyancy at bow and stern, guaranteeing unsinkability. The ballasted drop keel is raised by by a manual jack, and allows easy transport of the boat as well as drying out if required, supported level by the twin rudders.

The sailplan has a non-overlapping jib to keep sheet loads down, and a large spinnaker to achieve high speeds downwind. With almost 6 ft draught with keel down, and twin rudders for control, upwind performance is also excellent.

Beneteau First 21.7
Beneteau First 21.7
Beneteau First 21.7

The cabin of the Beneteau First 21.7 has four berths, with a vee-double forward, and two quarter berths aft. Amidships, either side of the drop keel mechanism structure, is a simple galley. Individual boats often have slight variations in the interor fit-out, those used primarily for cruising may have a small sink and bigger cooker, and boats used only for racing may be very spartan below. The accommodation is very simple, but nicely finished. If required a chemical toilet can sit under the companionway step, with some alterations to the step.

Beneteau First 21.7
Beneteau First 21.7

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