First Yacht 53, the word to Biscontini and Argento

Cannes, Genoa, Barcelona and then across the ocean: September will see the start of the presentation tour of First Yacht 53, the new and highly anticipated fast cruiser by Benéteau with Roberto Biscontini and Lorenzo Argento. This is how it will be, according to the first words of its creators.

“I’ve always been looking for speed on the boats I design and sail on,” said Biscontini, who is the father of the water lines of this 17-metre yacht, “and the First 53 is a very good example of my philosophy.”

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It is no coincidence that the boat has a low displacement, 15,500 kg (34,162 lbs), a good sail area and a fast hull, with the right side of the bow vertical, twin rudders blade and the maximum further aft. A cruising hull, yet with high performance, in line with the philosophy that has always animated the Bénéteau First range.

Among the highlights of the new First, there is also a garage tender aft, to accommodate boats up to 2.4 meters long.

“A word to describe the First Yacht 53? Intuitive – says Lorenzo Argento, who designed the interior of the deck with his studio – we have removed all the steps, nothing stands in the way of those who move on board. It is very simple to do anything, “everything flows”. The cockpit is well divided into two functional areas, one for manoeuvring and the other just for relaxing”.

“On boats like these – adds Lorenzo Argentocrews usually prefer to eat outside, in the cockpit, rather than below, in the dinette. So we thought about the layout of the First Yacht 53 in this direction, with a small dining table, but with a double sofa in front of a coffee table.  I’ve worked a lot on the creation of this area, and I love it very much”.

It will be possible to have the carbon mast higher by one meter, with a gain of 10 square meters of sail when going upwind and 15 sailing downwind. There is also a tighter version of the fin, with the draught reaching three metres and a final plumb bulb.

The basic version provides three cabins and two bathrooms, with the owner cabin forward. Another layout will also be available, featuring three cabins and three bathrooms. In both cases, at the furthest bow, and with separate access, you can choose between a large locker and a cabin for the skipper.

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LOA 17,16 m 56’4’’

Hull length 15.98 m 52’5’’

LWL 15.40 m 50’6’’

Beam 5.00 m 16’5’’

Standard draft (T-keel) 2.50 m 8’2’’

Standard ballast weight (cast iron) 4,500 kg 9,918 lbs

Performance draft (T-keel) 3.00 m 9’10’’

Performance ballast weight (cast iron/ lead) 4,500 kg 9,918 lbs

Air draft (excluding aerials) 25.80 m 85’

Air draft – Performance (excluding aerials) 26.80 m 88’

Light displacement 15,500 kg 34,162 lbs

Fuel capacity (standard) 400 l 106 US Gal

Fresh water capacity (standard) 720 l 190 US Gal

Engine power Sail drive (standard) 80 cv 80 hp

Engine power shaft drive (option) 110 cv 110 hp


Mainsail 87 m² 936 sq/ft

Furling genoa (105 %) 78.90 m² 849 sq/ft

Code 0 179 m² 1,926 sq/ft

Asymmetrical spinnaker 254 m² 2,730 sq/ft

CARBON MAST (+ 1 m / 3’3’’)

Performance version mainsail 91 m² 979 sq/ft

Furling genoa (105 %) 82 m² 882 sq/ft

Code 0 185 m² 1,990 sq/ft

Asymmetrical spinnaker 265 m² 2,850 sq/ft

Naval architecture Roberto Biscontini

Design Lorenzo Argento

Official launch September 2019

(First Yacht 53, the word to Biscontini and Argento – – May 2019)