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First 18

Whether you’re cruising or racing, the First 18 has all you need to enjoy sailing fast or simply meandering your favourite bays. Designed to perform thanks to her very light displacement, the boat is also set up with simple yet sturdy systems including retractable keel, twin-rudder, and snuffer on deck. Easy to handle and with roughly 45 minutes prep time, the First 18 is suitable for fully crewed or single-handed sailing, and has been superbly designed to maximise every inch of space on the boat both outside and in. 


  • Two gennakers – standard and heavy
  • Furling Code 0 19m2 / 204 sq ft.
  • Deck stepped carbon mast 7.4m/24’3”
  • Jib 9.2m2 / 99 sq ft
  • Self standing mast – no spreaders
  • Square top full battened mainsail 14.5m2 / 156 sq. ft
  • Carbon boom 3m/9’10”
  • On-deck retractable bowsprit 
  • Snuffer
  • Twin Rudders
  • Retractable Keel 125kg / 1.5m to 0.15m
  • Toerails with footstraps
  • Storage under cockpit
  • Carbon tillers
  • GRP sandwich hull and deck structure
  • Chined hull
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Stable and lightweight with a planing hull and high performance rigging, the First 18 makes the most of even the slightest puff of wind. Simple systems make for easy handling and the boat’s responsiveness makes every sail fun and fast. The added bonus of a lifting keel means you can beach wherever you want, or sail right into your favourite bays. 

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The interior layout may well surprise you an amazing amount of space for a boat of this size. A user-friendly companionway leads you inside where the cabin has a 2.20m long double berth and lots of clever storage areas. Suitable for cruising the coastline or racing in the harbour, this is a design that will impress. 


  • Naval architect: Manuard YD
  • Interior design: EP Studio
  • Hull Length: 5.55m / 18'3"
  • Hull Beam: 2.38m / 7'1"
  • Light Displacement: 500kg / 1,102lbs

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