Beneteau First 20 - Sheer Performance

Beneteau First 20 - Sheer Performance

Naval Architect : Finot-Conq Architects
Interior Design : Nauta Design

Key features

  • Trailerable
  • Monolithic hull design with polyester
  • Two retracted polyester rudders with sleeve system
  • Deck-stepped, freestanding aluminium anodised mast, single spreader
  • Genoa furling gear
  • Double bed (1.90 m x 1.40 m / 6’3” x 4’7”) – foam mattress with cover

Don’t let the size of this impressive racer fool you. Just shy of 21 feet, the First 20 is the smallest in the Beneteau fleet … but colossal in quality.

The Beneteau First 20 is the baby of the performance line, and like its older siblings, is designed for speed and performance.

Fondly dubbed the ‘Mini-Yacht’, the new First 20 delivers ground-breaking performance levels without compromising comfort and quality. The 20 is a breath of fresh air to hit the entry-level sailboat market.

First 20 On Deck

First 20 On Deck

The ‘Baby Ben’, the Beneteau First 20, boasts a high-performing Finot-Conq hull that impresses with both speed and stability. Boasting an unstayed mast, the 20 features a generous sail plan with a square-top mainsail, dual rudders, 2016 code zero and asymmetric spinnaker option.

The First 20 is easy to sail and affordable. The clever design has a higher freeboard than a pure sportboat, which will keep you drier, but still has a contemporary, distinct look. The First 20 comes standard with a fibreglass bowsprit for flying an asymmetric spinnaker.

At 1,245kgs, the feisty First 20 is the heaviest boat in its class, which speaks to the robust quality of the build … and the impressive weight is the reason the 21-footer has a CE certification for six people.

Whether you take ‘Baby Ben’ out for day-sailing, or performance races, the 20 can adapt to all programmes and all stretches of water. With her 1.8 metre lifting keel, and outboard engine, she can be beached and transported on a trailer.

First 20 Interior

First 20 Interior

Down below the surprisingly comfortable four-berth ‘Baby Ben’ is an interior space second to none on a boat of this size.

Beneteau have removed the bulkheads, and by replacing the mast prop with a structure built onto the deck, the 21-footer is bright and spacious inside, and bathed in natural light from the deck hatch.

Architects Finot-Conq have optimised the interior space giving you four real beds, ample storage, a square sink and kitchenette.

The Beneteau First 20 has plenty of room down below for the crew to re-pack the asymmetrical spinnaker if racing … and the 20 suits a wide variety of different sailing programmes.

Want to get away for the weekend? The First 20 cabin is weekend-ready with a double V-berth bed which can be separated from the saloon with a privacy curtain, and two decent sized quarter berths.

Reviews

Reviews

Pocket cruisers are known for cramming comfort into confined spaces and for economical cruising. The traditional performance design features found in faster sailboats are expensive and can kill the fun of a pocket cruiser; long low waterlines let spray into the cockpit, big sails are a chore to handle on a small deck and tender steering does not make for relaxing cruising. The Beneteau First 20 is a 21-foot pocket cruiser or daysailer that jumps over traditional performance design features right to modern, fun-and-fast features like a wide, flat stern, twin angled rudders, square-topped main, retracting bowsprit and an asymmetrical spinnaker.

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From our point of view, Beneteau’s new First 20 is a breath of fresh air to hit the entry-level sailboat market.

She was designed by Finot-Conq and Associates in France and her bottom shape and some of her attributes come right off the huge round-the-world racing boats the firm has designed.

She has twin rudders, a square-top mainsail, and bottom shape that give her both speed and form stability. She is easy to sail and affordable. Isn’t that what the doctor ordered?

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First 20 Specifications

First 20 Specifications

Length overall – 6.40 m
Hull length – 6.25 m
L.W.L. – 6.00 m –
Beam – 2.48 m
Drifter draught – 0.70 – 1.80 m
Drifter ballast – 300 kg
Air draught – 9.50 m
Light displacement – 1,245 k g
Engine power outboard max 8 kW –
Ma i n s a i l (classic) – 16 m²
Genoa (100 %) – 9.5 m²
Asymmetric spinnaker – 31.11 m²

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Australian Delivery

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