French builder Beneteau is well-regarded for its sailboats, including the sporty First series that are constructed in high-tech materials and ready for competitions and day sailing alike. The First 20 has aggressive and stylish lines atop a high-performing and stable hull by Finot-Conq, providing safe cruising.
Primed to take on competitors on the racecourse, the First 20 has a square-top main sail that is designed for racing and generous sail plan with code zero, asymmetrical and spinnaker sail options. Keen yachtsmen will enjoy the twin rudder helm. The First 20 is extremely flexible. It has a 1.8-metre lifting keel and outboard engine, so this sailboat can be beached and towed on a trailer.
The interior is open, free from bulkheads and the mast cluttering up the space. The mast prop is replaced with a structure built into the deck instead, helping to create the open interior that has four berths for comfortable cruising, but is still sparse enough to be light for racing. The folding saloon table can be moved into the cockpit and used here when the yacht is in cruising mode, making an excellent space to sip a cocktail and celebrate a winning race.