Though it has not yet had the honour of celebrating its twentieth anniversary, the First 25.7 still benefits from the changes to the Twenty with fresh rigging. Renamed the First 25, it is now equipped with a square-top mainsail, a traveller track on the rear beam, and on option, a North sails kit. As of now, low-shrouds and stays are a thing of the past on the small First! It's new sail plan allows it to move quickly and fun is guaranteed!
The First 25 is well equipped for life at sea. Allowing you to discover coastal cruising and enjoy weekend excursions, she has 4 berths, including a double cabin and heads. The 25 also has a large saloon, and galley making for a very comfortable interior on this 7.9m boat.
Beneteau have updated the popular First 25.7 with a stricking blue grey hull colour and a new sail plan featuring a diamond type rig without a backstay. She also boasts a mainsheet track on a rear transom beam and a new fat-head mainsail and larger jib. The new First 25 keeps all the comforts of the First 25.7, both inside and outside and comes complete with its 14hp inboard engine
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