Beneteau’s new First 18 is a boat born to introduce you to the joys of sailing. This meticulously crafted sailboat is mellow enough for a great afternoon of cruising even in the lightest breeze. And when the wind picks up, she is also capable of thrilling speeds while delivering all the forgiving control and stability a novice sailor could need. The 18 is alive with the spirit of adventure. She can easily be handled solo, even with a spinnaker, and can accommodate up to four so no one need be left out of the fun. Below deck, there is a surprising amount of habitable space that includes a generous double berth and plenty of clever storage cubbies. There’s even a cockpit tent to provide extra sleeping space for overnight coastal cruises. She features a swing centerboard so you can beach her on your favorite secret shore and can also be easily trailered and ramp launched. Her starboard engine mount provides easy access from the stern and there’s even a sun lounger on the foredeck for relaxing after an enjoyable day on the water. Young or old, novice or old-salt, launch or reboot your sailing obsession with the First 18!
The Great Divide: Foiling vs Floating
I well remember the first time I ever saw a flying sailboat. I was on Narragansett Bay several years ago, test-sailing one of those old-fashioned boats—the ones with hulls that float in the water 100 percent of the time—when we spotted a foiling Moth speeding out of Newport like ...read more