A broad, flat, and steady hull, coupled with a ballasted swing keel, creates a thrilling and straightforward sailing and planing experience. Additionally, a gennaker snuffer system, a furling jib, and streamlined deck controls contribute to the vessel's ease of handling. With its easy trailering and disassembly capabilities, First 18 SE is suitable for fulfilling racing aspirations in international one-design classes and adventurous sea-camping pursuits.
Thanks to a spacious, clutter-free cockpit, a furling jib, a gennaker snuffer system, a high boom, and a mast without a backstay for a larger square-top mainsail, a crew of one to three people can easily navigate this vessel. The calendar for One Design racing includes windward-leeward races that are fully crewed, as well as more daring double-handed or solo challenges that cover long distances. In either case, a supportive community of like-minded sailors is always available.
A retractable keel, detachable rudder blades, and a lightweight carbon mast render the First 18 SE truly trailerable and slip-launchable, allowing for new location exploration, participation in international events, and interaction with fellow sailors. The First 18 SE is among the safest in its class, with unsinkability chambers, a swing keel to prevent structural damage in case of grounding, and twin rudders for complete control during safe downwind planing.
The First 18 SE offers a dinghy-like sailing experience on a more stable and secure platform, This is due, in some measure, to its broad and level hull structure and its ballasted swing keel that extends deeply into the water. Twin rudders provide total control, even when planing at double-digit speeds. The sailing experience is improved by simplifying boat handling and deck controls as much as possible. A furling jib, an easily operated gennaker snuffer system, and a carbon mast without a backstay supporting a powerful square-top mainsail facilitate rapid sailing even in light wind conditions. The boat's ergonomic and roomy open cockpit enables easy sailing for solo sailors or crews of two or three members.
Both challenging regattas and enjoyable day sailings present opportunities to explore, learn, and develop with the boat's potential.
Although compact, the First 18 SE cabin can accommodate up to two adults in a sea-camping style. The front V-berth is reasonably sized for a 5.55-meter boat, offering smart crew bags for personal items and technical storage beneath the cockpit, which is spacious enough to house all necessary equipment. While traditional comfort may be limited, the vessel allows access to the most remote locations, connecting you with nature like no other boat. With its spacious open cockpit, the boat is a great option for families looking for a camping experience on the sea. It offers easy access to the water when in cruising mode. A fully retractable swing keel and removable rudder blades grant access to the most shallow bays you have yet to explore.
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