With a shorter mast but more sail area due to the square-topped mainsail and larger jib, the new First 20 out performs its previous versions. Perfect for day cruising or a first taste of coastal sailing, these contemporary Finot-Conq designs have moved with the times and have a much bolder, sharper look. Easily transportable by road, once on the water, she handles well and is very easy to sail. The First Twenty has a harder sleeker look and has gained modernity. Decked out in its new finery, the First 21.7 will probably continue to play in the big league for many years to come
The First 20 has a cabin that serves perfectly as a weekend-getaway ready with a double V-berth. It can be separated from the saloon with a privacy curtain—and two decent-sized quarter berths, a small sink, and a portable toilet.
Ready for a single sailor, a couple, or even a small family. At just over 6 feet long, the V-berth is surprisingly accommodating for a boat this size. The lifting keel is controlled from the trunk in the center of the saloon.
To increase the First Twenty's speed and performance all the more, she has been equipped with a rig that will perpetuate her appeal, with a square-top mainsail, a genoa whose area is greater, and a self-supporting mast without a stay.Thanks to this new rigging, which frees the lower shrouds, access to the fore is no longer hindered, making circulation on deck much easier. This is particularly appreciable on a boat of this size.To adhere to the trend that favours asymmetric sails, the First Twenty standard is equipped with a polyester bow sprit.
The first 20 allows you to park your yacht on your drive or hard stand and launch when you want to sail. With its lifting keel you will be able to venture up inland water ways and creeks easily and then head out in to open waters for some performance sailing.The perfect all rounder.
Stuart is the Brand Manager for Beneteau Sailing Yachts. He has recently qualified as a commercially endorsed Yachtmaster as boating has been a big part of Stuart’s life for both work and pleasure. Stuart is a great addition to the Ancasta team bringing much enthusiasm as well as a wealth of knowledge in many aspects of the marine industry.
Rob is a member of the Beneteau Sales team. He started working for Ancasta at Port Hamble before moving on to become Manager at Brighton and finally Dartmouth 5 years ago. Prior to joining Ancasta, he worked onboard private and charter yachts in both the Mediterranean and Caribbean and has a couple of Transatlantic crossings under his belt.
John is a Yacht Broker and member of the Beneteau New Boat Sales team. After running his own brokerage, he joined Ancasta in 1998. Since then, he has worked at Poole, where he started the new and used boat shows at Cobb’s Quay, Hythe, Port Solent, Port Hamble and more recently, our very busy Lymington office.
Simon Boote first came to Cornwall as a sailing instructor on the Helford River in the early 1980s. He returned with his family in 2003, having had a career that allowed him to sail all over the world. He took over Ancasta Cornwall (Falmouth and Mylor) in that year and added Ancasta Plymouth to the portfolio in 2007. He remains a passionate sailor both in Cornwall and overseas. He has been a member of the Royal Ocean Racing Club since the mid 1980’s and has competed in many of the world’s premier sailing events. However he is also a proud owner of a Fly-bridge Sports Fishing boat that is “probably one of the most used boats in Cornwall!”
Rhian has worked at Ancasta for many years, starting her career at our Port Solent office in 1997, then moving to run the brokerage department at the Ancasta’s Head Office in 2001, before taking up her current role of Group Brokerage Manager in 2016. Having worked as a sailing instructor in the Med and America, Rhian has a passion for Sailing Yachts and is a member of the Beneteau New Boat Sales team. She is also a full Broker Member of ABYA and often presents on their Brokers training course.
Sam started sailing dinghies from a young age and from that point onwards his passion for being on the water strengthened year after year. During his time at Edinburgh university, Sam was heavily involved in yacht racing and also a member of the team racing club. Prior to joining Ancasta, Sam worked as deck crew onboard a super yacht travelling all over the Mediterranean, Caribbean and the Bahamas racking up three transatlantic crossings. As a qualified yacht master, he would be delighted to assist in buying or selling your next boat.
James has been with Ancasta since 2015 and is part of the Beneteau Sail team.
Prior to time with another brokerage he was an Assistant Harbour Master at Lymington.
James is often seen buzzing about in the Western Solent in both power and sailing craft of all sizes.
A very seasoned boat handler, James has grown up on and around boats all his life and is a crew member of the Lymington Lifeboat.
Sean is the Swanwick Office Manager and member of the Beneteau New Boat Sales team. He has been involved in brokerage and new boat sales since 1986 including Moody, Elan, Island Packet and Cranchi and joined Ancasta in 2010. Sean grew up sailing dinghies and windsurfing on the River Hamble and sailing on his parent’s classic Peter Duck wooden ketch and latterly on their Moody Eclipse 33 and Aquador 32. Sean is a committee member and former Chair of the British Marine Boat Retailers & Brokers Association which represents companies involved in the sale of new and second-hand craft. If you’re thinking about selling or buying a sailing yacht or motor boat then please feel free to contact Sean and take advantage of his vast experience and expertise.
When we ran into technical trouble and had to divert on our delivery trip to Cork the Ancasta team sourced a marine electronics engineer. What is exceptional about this is that they did it on a Sunday morning in the West Country and even paid for the callout charge. I was very impressed with their after sales support. .... "
12 Nov 2013
The buying experience is excellent, by far the best that I have come across. This is both as regards the system, and the individuals who operate it. As one who comes from a consumer industry I would rate your team's performance as outstanding. .... "
01 Nov 2013