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24th October 2022

First Beneteau First Yacht 53 Sold into China

Building on the success of the redesigned First line of Beneteau’s fast cruisers, we are pleased to have sold the first unit of First Yacht 53 to China, scheduled to arrive in late 2023 ready to cruise around Southern China.

The First 53 is the new flagship of the range and this latest model celebrates the First brand, which is now over 40 years old and has delivered some important landmark designs for the sport.

The yacht is sleek, minimalist with a teak laid deck with barely a rope in sight. Her clean and sporty design is highly appealing to fans of fast sailing and regatta racing, but with the style and comfort of the usual luxury amenities that are expected on a vessel of this size.

Carrying the First marque means this is undoubtedly a performance boat. The 53’s hull and rig was designed by Roberto Biscontini, whose background lies mainly in high performance design having worked for the Italian and New Zealand America’s Cup teams. But the design brief went beyond creating a good looking, quick boat – Beneteau has put a huge amount of effort into figuring out what today’s customers will want tomorrow.

In essence, this is a yacht for the owner where competition was once the main focus but where cruising has now started to gain favour. To satisfy both criteria, performance and handling remain important, but so too is practicality and comfort at rest.

On deck the focus is on short-handed sailing and plenty of secure space for guests is clear in the cockpit where the twin wheels and control line arrangement keeps the operation of the boat within a well-defined area. The L-shaped guest seating is ahead of any of the rope clutches and well away from any control lines including the jib sheets that run under the deck.

Below deck, owners can count on beautiful, bright and airy interiors and very comfortable cabins with dedicated ensuite and generous storage space.

We are looking forward to welcoming this beautiful new super sailing yacht and her taking part in the 2023 edition of the Beneteau Cup Hong Kong!

To discover more about the exciting First yachts range including the brand new First 44 model, entry-level First 36, and the flagship First Yacht 53 please contact us at

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