Racing and cruising – few performance yachts can achieve this delicate combination that brings a winning yacht together with a comfortable ride when off the course. It is this “best of both worlds” that makes the Beneteau First yachts so incredibly popular.
Together with the genius of Farr Yacht Design, and valuable input from sailors, the sleek and elegant First 44.7 is everything they dreamed it would be. It offers exceptional versatility, outstanding value, racecourse performance, and Beneteau beauty.
Farr Yacht Design put all their expertise into the First 44.7 hull and design. The simple and efficient deck will please both racers and cruisers alike. The helm station incorporates a wheel, compass and an instrument console to accommodate the Raymarine plotter, autpilot, Wind, Speed, Depth.
Some equipment upgrades on Illicit include an efoy system, dutchman’s mainsail rig, espar heater, electric primary and halyard winches, shallow draft, privacy screens on all ports and hatches and electric windlass to name a few, making this performance boat a comfortable cruising alternative, even when sailing short handed.
For the racing enthusiast, Illicit offers a huge sail inventory, carbon sprit, spinnaker pole and back up sheets. She’s also equipped with standard racing options such as 2 sets of spreaders, wire rigging, hydraulic backstay adjuster, and a low drag, folding propeller.
While Illicit looks and performs beautifully on the racecourse, below decks it shines far above others in its class. You’ll feel confident entertaining friends in the spacious salon and comfy cabins. The exquisite Beneteau joinery, a worldwide hallmark, is evident in a new pear-toned finish. Fixed hull ports, opening ports, and deck hatches supply plenty of natural light and ventilation.
In the elegant salon you’ll find an innovative, adjustable, curved settee adjacent to the dinette which can remarkably move out of your way. The commodious and private owner’s cabin, with its separate head and shower, is enough to make the most discerning skipper feel right at home.