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First 53

The First 53 is a new gold standard in fast luxury cruisers and a bold step in a new direction for the legendary First range by BENETEAU. The First 53 is a stunning beauty of strength, velocity and class that is sure to turn heads. A true thoroughbred, she embodies both quality structure and elegant finishes. Open, spacious and clean cut, the interior has been designed with luxury and comfort in mind.

Boasting twin rudders to control her highly responsive hull perfectly, the First 53 has the competitive advantage of a hull that clocks up miles quickly. The ability to get to a chosen anchorage in speed, leisure and good fun will win over friends and boating enthusiasts alike.

Key Features:

  • Aft tender garage with lifting platform
  • Tender storage suitable for a 2.4m tender
  • Flush cockpit for easy flow and movement
  • Expansive swim platform
  • A straight bow making her more spacious
  • A maximum beam further aft, with a 2.5 m or 3 m draught (with lead bulb)
  • Twin rudders to control her highly responsive hull
  • Customisable performance options
  • New innovative interior layout
  • Harken Performa winches, racing boom, Harken Black Magic air blocks
  • Polyester bowsprit with integrated anchoring gear and bobstay with spinnaker chainplate
  • 4 self-tailing Harken Performa winches
  • Relaxation area with long seats and teak cockpit tables with extensions and large handrail. 
  • B&G 12’’ screen on console + electric engine control on starboard 
  • Large aft platform: 2.61 m x 0.93 m electrically-operated
  • Ship Control & Seanapps for navigation and controls
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Robert Biscontini of America’s Cup fame is responsible for the hull and Lorenzo Argento for the interior and exterior design. She embodies impressive performance rigging with a clean crisp finish. Broad eye capturing decks spaces carried over a minimalist hull and exterior design. The low cochroof and broad open cockpit lend support to the 53’s performance ability.

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The interior presents a contemporary yet timeless design with a full lounge area, teak moldings and quality finishes. A major innovation in the interior has been separating the lounge-cum-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. Available with three double cabins and two heads.

Beneteau First Yacht 53 cockpit
Beneteau First Yacht cockpit
Beneteau First Yacht transom tender garage


The transom, fitted with light weight carbon rigging, seamlessly houses the tender garage. Owners seeking a more thrilling ride have optional carbon mast with greater sail area upgrades available. She comes with a low cabin top, straight sheer, plum bow, long bow sprit and a broad and powerful transom.

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After conducting extensive consumer research, Beneteau made the bold move to remodel the saloon to better accomodate life onboard. An oversized dining area and chart table has been replaced with a clever, well-sized, multifunctional coffee table. The small dining table forward of the galley is perfect for two people with a clever extension for four, or alternatively lowered and fitted with an extra cushion to form a surplus reclining sofa. The benefit of this layout is a larger than normal galley and a more spacious, functional saloon.

beneteau First 53 yacht test tender garage credit Gilles Martin Raget
beneteau First 53 yacht test companionway credit Rick Tomlinson


"I’d say the First 53 is the most elegant boat Beneteau has ever produced. Sleek, subtle and thoroughly modern in both style and specification, the execution of the detail is impressive" Read more from the Yachting World Magazine Review


  • Naval architect: BISCONTINI YACHT DESIGN
  • Interior design: LORENZO ARGENTO
  • Length Over All: 17.16m
  • Hull Length: 15.98m
  • Hull Beam: 5m
  • Light Displacement: 15500kg
  • Fuel tank capacity: 400L
  • Fresh water capacity: 720L
  • Max Engine Power (Hp): 80hp
  • CE Certification: A10 / B12 / C14
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