Beneteau First 25 - Speed and Stability

Beneteau First 25 - Speed and Stability

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

Key features

  • Broad transom
  • Slender profile
  • Spacious, modern cockpit
  • Twin keel and twin rudders for control
  • Two ballast version – fixed keel and lifting keel
  • New rig with freestanding mast

With a slender profile and super impressive performance, Beneteau’s First 25 stands proud amongst its peers.

Whether racing or cruising, the daring 25-footer is equally suited to both speed and comfort, with a generous sail plan that includes a square-top mainsail, furling genoa and optional asymmetric spinnaker.

The new Performance Edition of the 25 brings groundbreaking performance levels and a high level of comfort and quality in the finishes.

First 25 On Deck

First 25 On Deck

The new Beneteau First 25 has shed a significant amount of weight with this new performance model … almost 460kgs from the original, thanks to its resin transfer moulded construction – even as the transom gained some girth.

Clever architects Finot-Conq installed twin kick-up rudders to keep her tracking, regardless of angle of heel. The Beneteau First 25 boasts a 1.85-metre lifting keel that vastly improves the boat’s performance and can be lifted to allow access to even the most shallow of anchorages.

The First 25 can also be sailed with a fixed keel … and in the new performance model, the First 25 comes with a code 0 sail.

The cockpit is large enough for four adults, while still leaving plenty of room for the tiller to move freely, so you can choose to either work or play!

The catwalks are surprisingly wide, and the long handrails on the coachroof increase security when conditions are rough.

First 25 Interior

First 25 Interior

Two curved steps separate the cockpit from the saloon, practical for when the boat is heeling. The design team at Finot-Conq have built the mast prop into the forward bulkhead, creating generous space in the saloon, enhanced by light-coloured teak woodwork.

The First 25 is far from a stripped-down race boat inside … and so much more than just a daysailer.

Boasting a private forward double berth cabin (closed off by a bulkhead), a separate toilet, galley and modular saloon table which can be converted to two berths, you’ll enjoy all the comfort of a real cruising yacht.

Unlike other boats in this class, you’ll enjoy a complete galley to port, which includes a sink with a manual water pump, an optional one-burner gimballed stove, sink and top-loading ice box.

Cubbyholes outboard and space below the bench seats provide plenty of stowage and in staying true to the original First 25 design, there is a dedicated aft-facing nav station to starboard.



It’s not easy to reintroduce a classic. The re-design has to live up to the best of the previous boat’s advantages, but must also demonstrate that modern technological advances have made it even better. Nearly 20 years after the launch of the First 25, Beneteau has taken the best of both the old and new and introduced the First 25 S: in the process creating a boat that is slippery, easily sailed, won’t break the bank and includes a lot to like within the confines of its modest LOA.

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If it works, don’t mess with it. Unless you want to improve and re-launch it, that is.

Beneteau has dusted off an old classic, spiffed it up and sent it back into the current market as the Beneteau First 25 S— and it’s just as much fun as its predecessor, the Beneteau First 25, but with more bells and whistles.

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The 25 S, designed by Finot-Conq and Associates, has a really broad transom. I suspect that Finot-Conq has put to use some of its experience in the Mini Transat class in developing this hull.

Twin rudders will provide the control you need when the boat is heeled.

Unfortunately, I did not receive any drawings of the underbody but there is a retractable keel that reduces the draft from a respectable 6 feet 1 inch to 2 feet 9 inches.

The twin rudders can be much shorter in span than a single rudder and this avoids the need for a retractable rudder.

There is the option of a fixed keel drawing 4 feet 9 inches.

The D/L is 151 and the L/B is 2.88 indicating a moderate displacement, very beamy boat.

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L.O.A 7.90 m
Hull length 7.50 m
L.W.L. 7.35 m
Beam 2.75 m
Draught with retractable keel 0.85 – 1.85 m
Ballast with retractable keel 620 kg
Shallow draught 1.45 m
Shallow ballast weight 615 kg
Air draught 12.50 m
Light displacement (EC) 2,150 kg
Fuel capacity 30 l
Freshwater capacity 40 l
Mainsail (classic) 23.50 m²
Genoa 100 % 15 m²
Asymmetric spinnaker 51.53 m²
Symmetric spinnaker 46.10 m²

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