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1989 28 (ft.) Beneteau First 285

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General Information

Listing# 41745

Plainville, CT, United States
Boat Type
Model Year
Racers and Cruisers
First 285
28 (ft.)
Hull Material
Fuel Type
Number of Engines

General Details

Sweet 1989 28 ft Beneteau First 285 fractional rig sloop powered  with the 18 hp Volvo 2002 diesel for sale in Plainville Connecticut. France’s leading yacht builder, Beneteau has been building boats since the 1880s. Known for their innovative one designs and sensible deck layouts, Beneteaus are no stranger to the starting lines of Europe and the Mediterranean regattas. The French are always on the cutting edge of sailing yacht design, and Beneteau is a fine example of what puts them first.

The first 285 is nice sailing yacht with a traditional aft cockpit with excellent room and a hefty sail locker to starboard. The fractional rig is tall for a 28 footer, but easily handled with a CDI roller furler and all halyards and sheets lead aft. The fin winged feel and skeg rudder are nicely balanced to give additional lift to windward, where this boat out shines most others. Downwind the shallow bilges and light weight delivers thoroughbred performance. Her coach roof and foredeck are clear and clean, including a sensible self draining anchor locker, a Stainless Steel bow pulpit with anchor roller, and sturdy life lines leading all the way aft to the Stainless Steel stern pulpits. An innovation you do not often see on smaller sailing yachts, but just as you would expect from Beneteau, there is a convenient swim platform molded into the transom, with, of course, a swim ladder.

Below is where the French influence is most prevalent. In this 28 foot boat there is 6 ft headroom and luxurious sleeping accommodation for two in the forward cabin, closed off with a solid privacy door, and two in the very spacious after stateroom also closed off with a solid privacy door. A additional two adults can sleep on the very adequate saloon settees. Beautifully paneled is a light wood, teak and soles, wood paneled soles and two cabin hatches as well as opening ports, the interior is light and airy, a comfortable living space even on the occasion dark and dreary day. The compact  galley is to port with a proper sink, pressure hot and cold water, a manual raw water pump, open counter space,  top loading icebox, and a propane stove and oven. Opposite to port is a navigation center with the traditional chart top. The drop leaf table is centerline with comfortable settee/berths to either side. Forward to port is the compact head with electric marine head and a telephone shower head. Opposite is a  good sized hanging locker. The forward vee berths fill in for a traditional double berth, Two cabin hatches and opening ports provide plenty of ventilation…and it this is not enough, there is a wind scoop for the adventuresome.

The engine is a 2002 Volvo 18 hp diesel mounted under the bridge deck and enjoys easy access to all sides and ends through removable panels. Sipping fuel, less that ½ gallon per hour, she easily makes 5 knots in most conditions. The folding prop unfurls to a large two blades with a surprising amount of blade area.

This boat is in really excellent condition after nearly 25 years of service, a true testament to the Beneteau ship yards.  She has this past season suffered some storm damage which damaged the port stern pulpit which is in the process of being replaced. There are some scratches on the port aft quarter aluminum toe rail and some scratches in the “FIRST” decal and a mark on the hull gelcoat. All has been properly repaired under the insurance. There was no fiberglass damage, and no cracks in the gelcoat or water intrusion to the deck or below.


The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.
Full Specifications
MAKE: BENETEAU             MODEL: FIRST 285                        YEAR: 1989 LOA:    28’3”                           BEAM: 9’9”                 DRAFT:            3’6”                            DISPLACEMENT: 6000 lbs       BALLAST:  1760 lbs      BRIDGE CLEARANCE: 40’0      HULL MATERIAL: FIBERGLASS            DECK MATERIAL: FIBERGLASS            TANKAGE FUEL:  7 gal             WATER:  27 gal           WASTE:  11 gal ENGINES AND MACHINERY NUMBER OF DRIVE ENGINES:            1                      MANUFACTURER: VOLVO      HORSE POWER:  18    FUEL:   DIESEL                         HOURS: 270                DRIVE TYPE:  DIRECT INBOARD                      CRUISING RPM:  2200             CRUISING SPEED: 5 kn                        MAXIMUM SPEED: 6 kn                      COOLING SYSTEM:                  FRESH WATER (CLOSED) BATTERY:  1                            TYPE:   WET CELL        SWITCH:  PARALLEL SHIPS VOLTAGE DC:    12        SHIPS VOLTAGE AC:    110      SHORE POWER AMPS:  30      NUMBER OF INLETS:   1                      BILGE PUMPS: 1 MANUAL      : PRESSURE WATER SYSTEM                 HOT WATER SYSTEM: ATTWOOD ELECTRIC ACCOMMODATIONS SLEEPS TOTAL:            6         FORWARD BERTHS: 2 SALON BERTHS: 2       AFT BERTHS: 2 HEADS: 1         HEAD:  JABSCO ELECTRIC       SHOWER: SINK EXTENSION     SINK                 GALLEY AREA:             ICE BOX:          TRADTIONAL, VERY DEEP                   COOKTOP:       OPTIMUS                     PROPANE                                     OVEN:              OPTIMUS                     PROPANE SALON AREAS:             FIXED TABLE:   SEATS  6 PERSONS                                     STEREO SOUND SYSTEM:  JBL am/fm/cd       DECK AREAS                COCKPIT          SEATS: 6 PERSONS      BOW RAIL       STERN RAIL     SWIM PLATFORM       SWIM LADDER                        PRIMARY ANCHOR:    DANFORTH      CHAIN LENGTH:  10’               RODE LENGTH: 100’               ELECTRONICS, NAVIGATION AND SAFETY GPS:     SITEX                           MODEL:  HG-7                        HANDHELD DEPTH FINDER: RAYMARINE  MODEL:  ST60             TRIDATA – SPEED/TRIP/DEPTH WIND GAUGE: RAYMARINE   MODEL:  ST60             WIND ANGLE – CLOSE HAULED VHF RADIO:  HORIZON           MODEL:  INTREPID GX1260S  =  WITH REMOTE COCKPIT MIC KNOT METER              FIRE EXTINGUISHER/S: 2         LIFE RINGS:1    LIFE JACKETS:  4          LIFE CANVAS CANVAS COLOR: BLUE                        BIMINI TOP     SAIL COVER     WINCH COVERS          WIIND SCOOP OWNERS NOTES:   HULL FRESHLY WAXED BOTTOM FRESHLY PAINTED FENDERS – DOCKLINES STERN MAUNTED OUTBOARD MOTOR BRACKET FULL SCREENS FOR COMPANIONWAY CDI FLEXIBLE ROLLER FURLER HEADSAIL  Dacron in very good condition MAIN SAIL  Dacron in very good condition SPINNAKER POLE PRIMARY WINCHES – LEWMAR 30 SELF TAIL COACH ROOF WINCHES – LEWMAR 8 DECK STEPPED MAST GALLEY MANUAL WATER PUMP EXCELLENT ENGINE ACCESS 2002 VOLVO 12 HP DIESEL WITH 270 HOURS STORM DAMAGE TO PORT AFT QUARTER PROPERLY REPAIRED – INSURANCE CLAIM – SCRATCHES ON TOE RAIL – STERN PULPIT REPLACED
  Please contact the listing broker, Robert Moore, (203) 858 3858 to discuss this boat or any other boat. This boat is shown by appointment only.