16 February 2021
Legacy French manufacturer, Beneteau have announced the release of three new models in its First Yacht range.
Created in collaboration with Seascape, the three new additions include the sports cruisers, the First 24 and the First 27, as well as the modern dinghy, the First 14.
All three models feature hulls designed by racer and architect, Samuel Manuard, alongside aluminium masts and rigs, Dacron sails and cockpits optimised for both day sailing and coastal cruising.
The First 24 includes an open-space interior with innovative storage and living solutions. The winch-operated deep composite/lead retractable keel, and its removable rubber blades access up to 30cm of water without reducing speed or stability.
The First 27 also has a similar focus towards function and simplicity, the model containing an inboard Yanmar engine, separated Marine toilet, galley, fridge and has the potential for six berths.
The coach roof and hull windows, together with big deck hatches, allow for generous amounts of natural light into the saloon of the First 27 while the specifically designed cockpit benches and removable table ensure comfortable living.
Designed with safety in mind, the First 27 also includes a 1.7-metre lead fixed keel, twin rudders and large volumes for its size.
The First 14 on the other hand is a fast, light double-handed dinghy designed to be accessible to anyone interested. Building on the legacy of Benetau’s 1982 model, the Wizz, the First 14 features furling, self-tacking jib, twin slot for the daggerboard alongside a wide, stable hull and spacious cockpit.
In addition to the release, Beneteau also announced their First Seascape Edition, or First SE, range. A new collection of racing and adventure sailing boats currently available in four models: the 14SE, 18SE, 24SE and 27SE.
Founded in 1884, Beneteau is a sailing and motorboat company with production facilities in France and the US. In 1977, the manufacturer released its first generation of First Yachts.
Seascape was founded by Kristian Hajnšek and Andraž Mihelin in 2008. In 2018, Groupe Beneteau became the majority stakeholders of Seascape, purchasing 60 percent of the company.