The First 50 looks spectacular: a sleek, powerful performance cruiser. It's been laid out for shorthanded sailing, with all control lines leading aft from the aluminum three-spreader mast and safely entrenched in two shallow gullies that terminate in twin banks of rope clutches. Primary winches for the headsail sit just forward of the twin, 35-inch-diameter wheels. The mainsail is large, and its big, centerline-mounted winch is within easy reach of the helms. The jib tracks and long row of centerline deck hatches are flush to the optional teak deck, and the roller-furler drum is belowdecks, in a locker that also hides a clever articulating anchor sprit and roller.