53 feet of sheer audacity and performance, perfectly in keeping with the new brand signature 'Avant-garde in boating'. With 24,000 boats produced in nearly 40 years, some of which were real 'winners' and the recipients of some of the top international awards, BENETEAU is reinventing the legendary First range with a beautiful yacht, matching the desires of new customers who enjoy luxury high-performance yachting.
It is increasingly clear that BENETEAU intends to restore the sailing prestige on which the brand's reputation was built, a path mapped out by Gianguido Girotti, managing director of the brand, in charge of product strategy. The new team that worked on rolling out the First range, had no qualms in challenging the greatest architects and designers for this First Yacht. A competition was launched in late 2016: "Among the four fiercely contended projects, a new duo stood out. Roberto Biscontini and Lorenzo Argento won us over with their ability to develop features from the very high-performing yachts that they usually design, while remaining loyal to the First legacy, which has marked the history of sailing. They also took into account the studies we carried out beforehand with our keenest customers wishing to move upmarket, " said Damien Jacob, the Sailing Yacht Product Coordinator at BENETEAU.
BISCONTINI ON THE HULL
Roberto Biscontini's thirty years of America's Cup experience has given the First Yacht 53 a perfectly balanced hull under sail with extremely promising performance. Over twenty drawings and simulations were used to position the center of buoyancy accurately, to achieve the desired result.
ARGENTO FOR THE DESIGN
The deck plan and interior of the First Yacht 53 were the object of Lorenzo Argento's sharp sense of detail. She is graced with the minimalist features of modern yachting: low coachroof, broad open stern, clean cockpit. The new First Yacht will complement the distinctive style and the racing spirit of its owner. Beyond her silhouette, stylishness and speed, a few details offer a good idea of what she holds in store. The Yacht has a tender garage, carbon rigging, lots of large spaces inside, with a full lounge area, teak mouldings and top quality materials, all of which will make her a boat to rival those of other yacht enthusiasts.
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New South Wales
First Yacht 53
Naval Architect: BISCONTINI YACHT DESIGN o Outside & interior design: LORENZO ARGENTO
56' 3" - 17.14m
Keel / Ballast
2.5m cast iron keel or optional 3m cast iron/lead racing keel.
Fibreglass/GRP Vacuum infused GRP and balsa sandwich
Vacuum infused GRP and balsa composite with optional teak decking.
Moulded wood has made a comeback in the interior of the First Yacht 53. This noble material with polished finishes contrasts with a modern almost minimalist décor of lacquered white bulkheads with a teak floor. There are lots of fiddles and hand rails, as well as plenty of storage indoors, where three double cabins and two heads make up the accommodation.
A major innovation in the interior has been separating the lounge-relaxation area, with a sofa and coffee table, and the galley space with a dining table. The result is a bright well-ventilated interior, which harmonizes well with the easy and intuitive companionway leading to the exterior
3 cabin two head of 3 cabin 3 head layouts. Optional bow cabin forward.
Excellent C-shaped galley to port below the companionway stairs.
Corian Glacier White work top with moulded teak beading
Full height 12 V 174 L fridge with integrated 16 L freezer (-18 °C), 1 Frontopening door
TECMA electric fresh water/sea water WC in the owner's head.
Polyester bowsprit with integrated anchoring gear and bobstay with spinnaker chainplate (for Code 0 and asymmetric spinnaker).
Self-draining chain locker, Clench bolt, Piston-driven cover.
Single roller stainless steel bow fitting.
12 V - 1 500 W vertical electrical windlass - Remote control inmooring locker.
6 Black anodised aluminium mooring cleats (Length: 0,14m / 15¾'')
Stainless steel chafing plate
Delta stainless steel 32 kg/71 lbs anchor
Chain (Diameter: 12mm / 1/2'' - Length: 40m / 131')
Line (Diameter: 22mm / 7/8'' - Length: 50m / 164')
4 Moorings lines (Diameter: 18mm / 11/16'' - Length: 15m / 49'3'')
Austrlian Category 7 safety gear as standard.
Electric, manual and automatic bilge pumps.
12,24 and 240V circuits managed by Beneteau's new Ship Control system.
B&G system on large helm stations:
1 12'' Zeus3 wide wireless multi-function touchscreen (GPS, Chart plotter, Card reader - Navionics Silver cartography included)
o H5000 unit:
- Aeriel Wind Sensor (pole 1 m/3'3''):Windvane, Anenometer
- Sensor (Log, Speedometer, Temperature)
o PC interface
o V90S VHF radio fixed to the chart table, AIS receiver function
o Protective covers for helm & consoles (Charcoal Grey)
o B&G H5000 autopilot with keyboard on port console
o WR10 Wireless autopilot remote control
Mast / Rigging
Black lacquered aluminium classical tapered mast, deck stepped,
3 Aft swept spreaders,
Dyform backstay crowfoot with manual hydraulic piston to starboard (hydraulic unit optional),
Harken fixed blocks at foot of mast,
Harken Switch mainsail track
The cockpit has been studied in detail to ensure everything is of the greatest ease: maneuvering is made accessible between the twin helm stations to the side decks, space given over completely to relaxation near the companionway. With a flush deck, low coachroof and a sleek modern look, she has all the virtues of a thoroughbred. The First Yacht 53 marks a new era with a top quality mast and high-end deck gear and a powerful sail plan that is easily controlled by a shorthanded crew.
Broker / Dealer
Sydney Harbour d'Albora Marina, 1B New Beach Road, Rushcutters Bay, NSW 2027 |
RPAYC, 16 Mitala Street, Newport, NSW 2106 |
Port Stephens Soldiers Point Marina, 2 Sunset Boulevarde, Soldiers Point, NSW 2317 |
Gold Coast Runaway Bay Marina, Bayview Street, Runaway Bay, QLD 4216