July 19, 2013
Just shy of 21 feet, the Beneteau First 20 is the smallest boat in this builder’s lineup. But don’t let the size fool you. The First series is the performance-sailing line from Beneteau USA, and like the First 20’s larger siblings, this boat is designed for a good turn of speed. And going with the theory that the easier a boat is to sail, the more likely you are to do so, things have been kept simple. As an updated version of the popular Beneteau First 211, the First 20 has dual rudders, an all-new backstay-less rig, and flies a large square-topped mainsail and 100-percent roller-furling headsail. This Finot-Conq design has higher freeboard than a pure sportboat, which will keep you drier, but still has a modern, sharp look. The First 20 comes standard with a fiberglass bowsprit for flying an asymmetric spinnaker.