One heck of a number that has continuously evolved these last twenty years and more, with a touch of insolence that has kept it young.  The First 20 has become more aggressive and stylish. Her look is more modern and in her class she offers the best balance between safety, performance and habitability. This classic small boat enjoys playing in the big league in all weather.

Naval designer : Finot-Conq Architects

Exterior design

The First 20 has a harmonious and high-performing Finot-Conq hull that proves a model of stability. Thanks to an unstayed mast she features a generous sail plan with a square-top mainsail, 2016 code zero and asymmetric spinnaker on option. Yachtsmen are keen on the twin rudder helm and the chain locker.

Interior design

Increasingly habitable and comfortable, the First 20’s interior has done away with bulkheads. By replacing the mast prop with a structure built into the deck, this coastal cruiser offers a feeling of interior space second to none. Inside she is bathed in light by the deck hatch, and generously spacious with four berths and many storage spaces. She suits a wide variety of programmes.

Always ready to sail

Fun and a high-performer, this 6.50 m cruiser embraces a racing yet reassuring style. This unanimously acclaimed sailing yacht is small in size but has terrific qualities and she is loved because she is affordable and very easy to use.



Whether for day-sailing or short cruises, the First 20 can adapt to all programmes, and all stretches of water. With her lifting keel and outboard engine, she can be beached and transported on a trailer. 



Theunstayed rig clears the deck and there is no need for low shrouds. Optimized with a square-top mainsail, the reasoning behind the sail plan is a combination of simplicity and performance.  With a furling genoa and 2016 code zero, the First 20 is ready for some remarkable achievements ! 



Although the First 20 has a racing temperament, she makes no concessions when it comes to safety. Her 1.80 m lifting keel contributes to her stability and improves her performance close-hauled. 


Length Overall


6.4 m

Beam overall

8' 2"

2.48 m

Lightship Displacement

2,745 lbs

1245 kg

Max. engine power

10 HP

CE Certification



  • CE Certification C6/D6.
  • Hatch opens locker in cockpit bottom.
  • Outboard engine
  • Sliding companionway hatch with PMMA porthole to make it brighter.
  • Forward cabin: - Separating curtain between salon and cabin. - Double berth, removable "net" storage (option) - large locker for storage below berth. Two additional berths in the saloon.
  • Sink, 35 L fresh water tank + hand pump (option).
  • Folding saloon table can be sued in the cockpit (option).







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