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.
- 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.