Beneteau First Yacht 53 is a happy mix of classic and modern lines
The cockpit has been studied in detail to ensure nothing can obstruct forward movement: manoeuvring close hauled from the twin helm stations with easy access to the side decks, space given over completely to relaxation near the companionway. With a flush deck, low coachroof and a sleek modern look, she has all the virtues of a thoroughbred. The First Yacht 53 marks a new era with a top quality mast and high end deck gear and a powerful sail plan that is easily controlled by a shorthanded crew.
Moulded wood has made a comeback in the interior of the First Yacht 53. This noble material with polished finishes contrasts with a modern almost minimalist décor of lacquered white bulkheads with a teak sole. There are lots of fiddles and hand rails, as well as plenty of storage indoors, where three double cabins and two heads make up the accommodation. The major innovation in the interior has been separating the lounge relaxation area, with a sofa and coffee table, and the galley space with a dinner table.
The result is bright, well ventilated and it communicates well with the exterior by an easy and intuitive companionway. The First Yacht 53 matches new sailing requirements with a completely new interior housing a large sofa and coffee table and divided into two very distinct and practical spaces: a relaxation area and a meal space. The centre of buoyancy is aligned on the centre of effort. If you are keen on regattas, this Luxury Performance sailing yacht was designed for expert sailors and demanding owners.
Boasting a straight bow making her more spacious, as well as a maximum beam further aft, a 2.5 m or 3 m draught (with lead bulb), with twin rudders to control her highly responsive hull perfectly, the First Yacht 53 has the competitive advantage of a hull. Beneteau First Yacht 53 focussed on easy flow and movement between the helm stations, and on winch layout for manoeuvres and easy access to the deck. The result is bright, well ventilated and it communicates well with the exterior by an easy and intuitive companionway. ■