Four new Beneteau First line yachts

Beneteau First line yachts The four First yachts have a carbon mast, a very stable hull, and a wide cockpit. Credit: Beneteau
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Beneteau has revived its legendary First line, launching four 14- to 27-foot high-performance sailing yachts.

The four First yachts have a carbon mast, a very stable hull, and a wide cockpit. They also have the best sail area-to-weight ratio on the market, said Beneteau. Designed like a skiff, the 67kg vessels can be rigged to suit crew numbers and ability.

Built to plans by architect Sam Manuard, the First 14, 18, 24 and 27 are original designs of Seascape, the Slovenian boatyard that Beneteau brought in July, marking its return to the competitive sailing segment.

Strong management

The management team in charge of developing the new First line is made up from both Beneteau and Seascape and will be taking the new sailing yachts on a world tour of the autumn boat shows.

Luc Joëssel, who is also the Figaro Beneteau 3 leader, alongside Gianguido Girotti and Luca Brancaleon (BENETEAU’s general managers), Kristian Hajnsek and Andraz Mihelin (Seascape’s co-founders and managers) and François Coutant (who has facilitated the development of the Slovenian brand and its products since 2009), make up the collaborative team.

Seascape’s financial and business model is perceived as a real start-up in the traditional boating industry and Beneteau has decided to embrace this agility to give the First line a new lease of life.

This approach is in coherence with the ‘Transform to Perform’ strategy that has been in place since Hervé Gastinel took over the management of Group Beneteau.

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