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 also must 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.
First and foremost, the new boat lost almost 1,000 pounds from the original—thanks to its resin transfer molded construction—even as the transom gained some girth. To accommodate the latter, the boat’s designers installed twin kick-up rudders to keep her tracking regardless of angle of heel.
Like most modern Beneteaus, the bow is nearly plumb with a deep V-entry forward, rounded midsections and a flatter underbody aft. The result is a boat with a long sailing waterline, the necessary form stability to stand up to a press of sail, and plenty of control in the event the wind puts the boat on its ear.