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Beneteau First 285, 1987, Nocona, Texas, $8,900

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Beneteau First 285, 1987 sailboat for sale

Beneteau began its second generation of First Yachts in the mid-1980s. At the time they represented the height of performance, habitability, style, and comfort. They were designed to be strong and easy for the sailing couple to handle. Beneteau’s First 285 wing keel is a recreational keelboat, built predominantly of fiberglass, with teak wood trim. The “sugar scoop” stern has a fold down ladder and freshwater shower for easy swimming off the stern. It has a fractional sloop rig, an internally-mounted spade-type rudder and a fixed wing keel that makes it perfect for both lake sailing and near-coastal.

As with any vessel, lack of care and maintenance will cause loss of value and appeal. Fortunately, Beneteau’s are built exceedingly well for the tough marine environment. Though the boat is dirty and has not been used in over five years, the standing rigging, decks, and hull are in very good condition due mostly to the very dry climate of north Texas. The rudder was removed for transportation and is stored in the cabin. The boat is stored on a 8 pedestal shipping cradle and placed on a heavy duty 3-axle trailer. The shipping cradle is included in the sale.

Hull : the hull is in good condition. It shows no signs blistering, delamination’s, and free of scratches. Below the waterline has been painted with VC17 anti-fouling paint.

Interior : needs a cleaning. Leaves on the floor. White vinyl wall and overhead coverings were releasing in the head and after stateroom.

Floor: teak and holly floorboards. Some were showing signs of water damage.

Fabric & cushions: Interior cushions were dirty and should be recovered.

Cabinets: all cabinets were dry and in good condition.

Storage: hanging lockers in after stateroom and at the Nav station. , cabinets in the galley and head. Storage cabinets under each seat.

Fresh water system: yes, not tested. Cold water only. Fresh water shower at the stern.

Head: Jabsco manual pump with holding tank. operational

Through hull fittings and seacock’s: all seacocks were operational. Raw water intake hose was cut and should be replaced.

  • Topsides: the topsides and deck are in good condition. It shows no signs blistering, delamination’s (soft spots) and generally free of scratches. Two overhead hatches forward of the mast. Some minor spider cracks in the cockpit. There are no signs of leaks to the interior. The vinyl stripes on the cabin top are pealing.
  • Mast and boom : The mast is normally stepped on deck. The mast, boom, and SS standing rigging are all in good and serviceable condition. The backstay is equipped with a non-hydraulic backstay adjuster. All running rigging (lines) are weathered and should be replaced. The mast has been stepped down and is stored across the top of the boat.
  • Deck fittings: all lines are deck organized and brought back to the cockpit and secured with a rope clutch. There is a 4-gang Lewmar rope clutch on each side of the cabin top.
  • Pulpits: Bow and stern pulpits are secure and well fastened.
  • Lifelines: double lifelines with gates on port and starboard.
  • Winches: Port side halyard winch is a Lewmar 6, starboard side halyard winch is a Lewmar 8. Jib sheet winches are both Lewmar 30’s self-tailing. All in good condition.
  • Sails (age and condition). One (1) main sail and one (1) furling jib sail (110). Both main sail and furling jib sail are original and in good condition. The sails and the accessories are stored indoors.

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    Beneteau First 285, 1987 sailboat

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    Beneteau First 285, 1987 sailboat

    Beneteau First 285, 1987 sailboat

    Beneteau First 285, 1987 sailboat

    Beneteau First 285, 1987 sailboat

    Beneteau First 285, 1987 sailboat

    Beneteau First 285, 1987 sailboat

    Beneteau First 285, 1987 sailboat