Beneteau fired a shot straight into the heart of the racer/cruiser market with its sleek and powerful-looking First 50. Like its big sister, the 45's bow is sharp, its shoulders broad, and a slight chine graces its quarters, all of which suggest a hull designed to heel to a point and then accelerate with every puff.
the First 45 is intended for the cruiser who relishes performance and the racer who wants both trophies and comfort. On deck, the boat's all business, from its foldaway anchor roller to its open transom. Hatches mount flush so there'll be no snags, all sail-control lines are under the coachroof and out of sight, the cockpit has plenty of room for trimmers to trim, and a no-nonsense traveler spans the cockpit just forward of the twin wheels.
Step below, though, and there are comforts enough to call the 45 "home."
Light oak and stained Alpi wood contrast nicely with dark-leather upholstery in the saloon and cabins. Forward, an owner's stateroom includes head and shower and room to dress for dinner. Aft, there are two double cabins, both with soft-sided hanging lockers whose design was borrowed from the 50.
She is surely worth a visit when looking for a true performance-cruiser that will appeal to many!