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2001 Beneteau First 40.7

Hamble, Hampshire


Philosophie IV

Philosophie IV. Superbly maintained and analytically optimised, race winning Beneteau 40.7 just listed.  

Philosophie IV only had three outings last season, posting two bullets and a third in three of the RORC Channel Races: Myth of Malham, Cowes to Dinard & Morgan Cup. With a comprehensive inventory of equipment and sails, this boat will deliver some great results and a huge amount of enjoyment for the next team. 

Professionally maintained by TJ Marine (Port Hamble)

  • Boat professionally maintained by TJ Marine (Port Hamble)
  • Boat prepared to race according to RORC Category 2 specifications
  • Boat optimized both for Inshore and Offshore races
  • Top side re-spayed by Desty Marine (Hamble Point) – Awlcraft 2000 colour: early 2014
  • Inside Matrix repaired by Desty Marine (Hamble Point): June 2014 (cost circa £10,000)
  • Rudder and Keel Matrix inspection done on January 2015 (Saunders Morgan Harris, Survey available on request)


  • Heater
  • 2 aluminium pipe cots added in aft cabins
  • 2 hand bilges pumps (one external by the steering wheel, one inside in the Starboard aft cabin)
  • Battery wood box created under the saloon table to move the batteries weight above the keel (Service bank No2)
  • Batteries Service bank No1 moved just behind thee table instead of under the stairs (to move the weight forward)
  • Change seacocks for racing seacocks (early 2015)
  • 2x 2KG extinguishers



  • Service:
    • 2x Master Volt AGM 90 in parralell i.e. 180Ah (new in 2014)
    • 2x Master Volt AGM 70 in paralell i.e. 140Ah
  • Charger: New MasterVolt battery charger with MasterVolt splitter


  • Volvo Penta 30HP
  • The engine and sail drive are brand new and were changed in May 2017
  • Gory Race propeller



  • B&G Hydra 2000
  • B&G remote vision
  • B&G Autopilot H3000 APC2
  • B&G H3000 Gyro compas
  • 1x FFD with NEMA at chart table
  • 3x FFDs in cockpit (2 at Helm, on the RHS side of companion way)
  • 1x B&G H3000 Autopilot controller in cockpit
  • 2x Wind Directions analogic screens in cockpit (At helm)
  • 3x 20/20 on the mast
  • 1x B&G GPS in cockpit
  • AIS Nauticast Transpondeur
  • 1x GPS Navman Tracker 5430 Chartplotter at chart table
  • 1x Navtex
  • 1x Switch VHF/AIS
  • 1x fixe VHF ICOM
  • 1 switch VHF/Radio to external speakers
  • VHF cable replaced in 2014 with high quality RG-8X cable
  • Radio Alpine with inside upgraded Alpine speakers
  • Serial plug for PC connection
  • 1x Victron battery controller
  • 1x Octofax battery controller
  • LOPO navigation lights mast head
  • LEDs navigation lights at deck level
  • External waterproof 12V plug for battery powered torch light
  • MOB safety system with 4 bracelets


  • Volvo Penta D2/40
  • Gori Race propeller

Hull & Spares upgrades

  • Carbon wheel (stainless steel wheel available as a back up)
  • Bow sprit (and bobstay cable) – ordered from Ancasta and fitted by TJ Marine
  • Extension of the carbon pole to STL = 4.75m (from STL is 4.54) to match the bow sprit length
  • New open pulpit done by Abbey Engineering
  • Bespoke Teak foot holder for helm upwind
  • 2 pad eyes added for Code 0 sheet angle in line with the roof winches on both side
  • Creation of an aluminum frame to fit 2x batteries under the table, just above the keel, plus new wiring.
  • In-hauler system added with extra jammers and the appropriate block cascade to allow for non-overlapping configuration
  • Scale with numbers on the Mainsheet traveller
  • Jib tack pad eye replaced for a wider one in order to facilitate jib peels
  • Both Chain plates / hull connection (Port and Starboard side) re-enforced
  • 4 clipping points in the cockpit
  • Forepeak hatch replaced in 2014
  • Teak spinnaker pole holder on the deck (starboard side)

Keel & Rudder

  • Original drawings from Farr Design for Keel and Rudder sold with the boat
  • Manufactured of lead shoe of (120kg) by Shore Cast Solent Ltd. (early 2012)
  • Keel faired according to original drawings for Farr Design
  • Keel removed, checked and weighted ( (Early 2015)
  • Survey of the boat structure (Early 2015)
  • Every year: wetsand hull, keel and rudder, tent and apply three coats of Nautix A4, once cured, sand back
to P1000 super racing finish
  • Rudder faired to templates as per Farr drawings
  • Rudder removed and roller bearings serviced (every year)



  • Aluminum mast removed and check regularly
  • PBO Backstay (changed in June 2015)
  • Gooseneck reinforced with wire inserts
  • Reflective spreader marks to trim Jib



  • Mainsheet replaced in 2015
  • New 2:1 Main Sail halyard in 2015
  • New steering ropes changed in 2015
  • New starboard spinnaker halyard for high load in SK90 to Code 0 furler
  • All running gear optimized for racing



  • Polars designed with Adrena provided
  • X-Sails polars a Sailect files provided
  • IRC certificates: numerous trials and certificates available

Basic Boat Info

Price: £119,950
Tax Status: Paid
Boat Name: Philosophie IV
Make: Beneteau
Model: First 40.7
Year: 2001
Condition: Used
Category: Sail
Designer: Bruce Farr and Associates
Construction: Fiberglass
Boat Hull ID: FR-BEY 82377B101
Has Hull ID: Yes
Keel Type: Fin Keel


Length: 128'3 ft / 39.08 m
Length Overall: 39'1 ft / 11.92 m
Waterline Length: 34'1 ft / 10.39 m
Beam: 12'4 ft / 3.75 m
Min Draft: 8'2 ft / 2.48 m
Displacement: 15,996.74 lb
Dry Weight: 15,996.74 lb
Single Berths: 8

Engines / Speed

Engines: 1
  • Make: Volvo Penta
  • Model: D2/40
  • Drive Type: SailDrive
  • Fuel: Diesel
  • Engine Power: 40kW
  • Type: Inboard
  • Propeller Type: 2 Blade, Bronze, Folding
  • Year: 2017
  • Engine Location: Center


Fuel Tanks: 1
Fuel Tank Capacity: 9 gal
Water Tanks: 1
Water Tank Capacity: 22 gal


Heads Count: 1
Drive Type: Sail
Stock Number: Hull No.377
Boat Class: Racers and Cruisers, Cruisers, Racers
More Info : Manufacturer Website


Farr Yacht Sales
Farr Yacht Sales


Farr Yacht Sales
613 Third Street Suite 22
Annapolis, Maryland, US, 21403
Tel:410 267 6550

Sail Area

Philosophie IV - all sails are from North Sails                             


1  Main Offshore 2013 - 680 (70:30 Aramid/Carbon) 2 reefs, single taffeta      sided. Used only 4 times a year for RORC races.  Good condition

2  Main Inshore 2012 - 860 / 2012 - Bought and only used for 1 week, during the 2012 Commodore's Cup (no wind for the whole week) Condition: Brand new

3  Main Offshore: 2007 / Fastnet 07, plus many RORC races. Condition tired



4  Jib #1 Light 2015 (non overlap) 3DL / Hardly used. Very good

5  Jib #1 Light 2010 - 860M 3DL / 2010: NSW, National, St Malo and CW. Good

6  Jib #1 Light: 2007 3DL / Used a lot in 2009

7  Jib #2 Med /Hy 2014 (non overlap) / Used only 4 times a year for RORC races. Good

8   Jib #1 Medium /Heavy 2013 3DL    Used only once / Brand new.

9   Jib #1 Medium 2010 - 860M 3DL     2010: NSW, National, St Malo and CW

10  Jib #1 Medium 2008 - 600S 3DL / Used a lot in 2008 - 2009    

11  Jib #1 Medium (10-20kts) - Radial 2006                                      

12  Jib #1 Heavy 600S w/ TC film: 2009 / Good             

13   Jib #3 2012 / Good

14  Jib #4: 2015 3DL 50:50 Carbon/Aramid      Hardly used  Very good                 

15  Jib Top: 2014 (non overalp)          Hardly used  Excellent

16  Jib Top: 2008           not used at all in 2010        Very good

17  Trysail 2007Bought for Fastnet 2007, never used        Very good

18  Storm Jib     Bought in 2007 for Fastnet, never used   Very good


19 S2 - Spi Light: 2015 (115m2 - mast head) - No Brand - Nylon Gradient           Superkote SK 75 / Used only 4 times a year for RORC races  Very good

20  S2 - Spi Light: 2011 (115m2 - mast head) - Branded - Nylon Gradient            Superkote 75With "Tradition" Logo. Good

21 S2 - Spi Light: 2009 (115m2 - mast head) - Branded - Nylon Gradient            Superkote 75With "Tradition Logo"         Good

22 S2 - Spi Light 2007 (110m2 - mast head)               Good

23 S3 - Spi Medium: 2011 (110 m2 - mast head) - Nylon Gradient Superkote 90           (0.75Oz) Hardly used          Very good

24 S3 - Spi Medium: 2007 (110m2 - mast head)       Blown apart in CW 2010      Good

25 S4 - Spi Heavy 2008 (fractional) - 4S Gradient Cut - Nylon 1.5Oz                      Hardly            used   Very good

26 A3 - Spi Medium: 2010 (98m2 - mast head) - Branded - Nylon Gradient        Superkote 130           used 3 times for a short time in 2010            Good

27 Code 0 2014   With Karver furler and Future Fiber Cable         Very good

28 Staysail 2014             Very good

IJPE : 800.00 sq ft
I : 51.50 ft
J : 14.33 ft
P : 48.75 ft
E : 17.50 ft
Working Sail Area : 892.00 sq ft

Keel Details

Keel #1
Keel Type: Shoal_Draft
Max Draft: 6.17 ft

Manufacturer Provided Description

The First 40.7 combines a sleek and sophisticated racer with all the comforts of a luxurious cruiser. Her Bruce Farr-designed hull and powerful rig provide excellent performance on the racecourse or in the harbor. The extra-roomy cockpit features removable lockers that provide more space and less weight for racing. Standard equipment includes tall fractional rigs, high-performance keels, and premium deck hardware.

FYS Diclaimer

Farr Yacht Sales offers the details of the listed vessel in good faith. We are diligent in presenting the above facts and inventories of the listed vessel but we cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of the information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. The buyer, whether himself or through his agent or his surveyor, should conduct such investigation, independent confirmation and additional due diligence as the buyer deems necessary before purchasing the vessel. 

This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.

Additional Contact Information

Joe Hall
Farr Yacht Sales
m +44 7774138777

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