The Beneteau First 30 Goes Modern

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 The goal—a comfortable, speedy crossover—is the same, but Beneteau has taken its First Series in an entirely different direction. A boat review from our September 2010 issue

by Dave Reed
Sailing World
© Gilles Martin-Raget/Beneteau
Although promoted as a performance cruiser, the influences of Juan Kouyoumdjian and Michel Desjoyeaux are found throughout the boat. There are enough fine-tune controls to keep a small race crew busy when going around the buoys.

When you see the new Beneteau First 30 for the first time, don’t be surprised if you do a double take. With its beamy profile, hard chines, and double rudders, it’s a big diversion from the recent lineage of Farr-designed First models. And that’s because there’s one fundamental difference: for this next generation First model, Beneteau went elsewhere for its designer, tapping the avant-garde thinking of two-time Volvo Ocean Race winner Juan Kouyoumdjian. What the collaboration put forth for sea trials in June is intriguing: it certainly comes across as more race-worthy than cruise-worthy, but according to the First 30 project manager, Eric Ingouf, that’s not necessarily the case.   READ THE REVIEW


Michael James
Michael James
Michael James has been with Murray Yacht Sales since 1995 and is in the the New Orleans office.

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