Beneteau First 285



27.10 feet





We are very pleased to offer for sale this tidy Beneteau First 285. This yacht has a Volvo Penta 2002, 18hp inboard diesel engine and it is currently sitting in the water on site with us here, due for a lift out of the water soon.

This yacht will be a special buy for you as the owner has informed us that he has spent £25K on her in the last 3 years as he was intending to keep her for a further 5 years before buying his ‘forever’ boat upon retirement - the intention being to invest in advance for 5 years of no major jobs needing to be done in the meantime. Circumstances have since allowed the ‘forever’ boat plan to be brought forward and the owner has bought his forever boat already, so First Impulse is now on offer to a new owner who wants that same assurance of no likely major expenses in the medium to long term future.

We expect early interest in this boat so please don’t hesitate to call us or email us with any questions and to arrange your viewing. This boat is currently with us in our boat display area, out of the water. Viewings available with us 6 days a week (Sundays by appointment).

First Impulse has been fitted out to be very comfortable when staying aboard and is heavily ‘tweaked’ for fast and safe single-handed sailing.

Paperwork we are currently holding includes:

Bill of Sale to current owner (purchased 2016)

Bill of Sale to previous owner (purchased 2009)

Bill of Sale to previous owner (purchased 1991)

VAT exemption letter from HM Customs and Excise (satisfied)

Original VAT Invoices (staged payments) to first owner 1987

SSR Certificate (expired)

RYA Offshore Sail Number Certificate (GBR2551L)

Previous survey 2016

Previous survey 2009

Various user guides for electronics, furler, winches, plotter etc.

Service and maintenance invoices we are holding includes:

  • Engine service (Jan 2024)
  • Wind instrument (NMEA multiplexer) checked and issues fixed, general electrics all checked (Jan 24)
  • New propeller shaft made to fit new coupling; new bearing fitted (Dec 2023)
  • New spray hood, stack-pack covers and tiller cover (Aug 2023)
  • Hull scraped back to gelcoat, primed and antifouled (Aug 2023)
  • Keel bolts inspected (tightened), resealed keel to boat (Aug 2023)
  • Keel epoxied, primed, and antifouled (Aug 2023)
  • Top sides polished and waxed 9Aug 2023)
  • Racing stripe, bootline and top line writing checked & topped up (Aug 2023)
  • New hand basin and waste pipes fitted (Jul 2023)
  • New Jabsco water pressure pump (Feb 2023)
  • Genoa checked, repaired where necessary and laundered (June 2022)
  • New fwd cabin cushions, saloon cushions, head rests and cockpit cushions (May 2022)
  • New curtains with hatch cover & blackout (May 2022)
  • New main sail and Genoa – (Oct 2021)
  • Gas: new regulator, gas locker hose, cooker hose, gas isolation & pressure test point plus certificate (Jul 2021)
  • New Z-Spars Z351 Mast and boom fitted, inc. new LED light, new VHF aerial & steaming flood light (Jul 2021)
  • All standing and running rigging renewed (Jul 2021)
  • New manual Twist ‘n’ Lock toilet (Apr 2021)
  • New shaft stripper, 2-blade, rope cutter (May 2019)
  • Engine service (Jun 2018)
  • New Raymarine ST2000 Tiller pilot (April 2018)
  • New RCD and consumer unit, plus new battery charger and two new batteries (Aug 2016)

We then have a little more service and maintenance history going back to 1988.



This tidy Beneteau First 285 is currently in the water here at Northney Marina, awaiting a lift out (March 2024) and is available for viewings 6 days a week (Sundays by appointment.)



Full Specification

The vendor has provided us with the below full specification, which includes:

Mast Boom & Rigging – All renewed 2021*

  • New mast step
  • Z-Spars Z351 mast with modifications as detailed on invoice
  • Z-Spars Z202 boom set up for led back to cockpit single line reefing
  • Seldon 104 Furlex with link plate and adjuster
  • New rigid Vang
  • Barton T-Track 1800mm spinnaker pole track with ‘plunger car’ fitted to mast
  • All standing rigging renewed in 19mm SS wire
  • All running rigging replaced with braids of appropriate sizes for purposes
  • Adjustable back-stay with ridiculously powerful tensioner
  • Mainsheet has been modified so that, in conjunction with additional slides fitted to boom, it can be used as a crane for lifting heavy objects and hauling men overboard back on board

 Mast Electronics – All new 2021*

  • Tri-white LED light
  • Hawk VFH aerial
  • Deck flood steaming light
  • Radar reflector
  • Wind Vane

Main Sail & Genoa – All new 2021*

  • Fully battened mainsail with roller cars, 2 single line reefs with sail blocks & ‘Cunningham’
  • 140% Genoa with UV strip and ‘foam luff’
  • 2 x new sail bags

Spinnakers & Poles

  • 2011 – Asymmetric ‘Cruising Chute’ + Snuffer + launch bag
  • Unknown age - Symmetrical spinnaker with snuffer + launch bag
  • 1988 - Spinnaker pole

Note: Cockpit coamings have been fitted with mini-jammers and a ‘continuous’ line with blocks made up to allow better single/shorthanded control of the simmie from cockpit when tacking and gybing

Unknown age – Fibre glass removeable bowsprit

Canvass Work – All new 2023*

  • New ‘maximum height’ spray hood
  • New Stack-Pack sail cover with separate hood for mast end
  • New side dodgers with boat name
  • New detachable halyard bags X 2
  • New Tiller Cover
  • New cockpit seat cushionsCanvass Work – Not New
  • Covers for all winches
  • ST2000 auto pilot cover
  • Cockpit Sun Canopy

Deck Hardware

  • 2019 – All 4 winches upgraded to self-tailers
  • Auxiliary winch fitted to port coaming as replacement for original furler line jammer
  • Latched anchor locker (standard for model) at bow
  • 45lb plough anchor, chain and rode contained in locker
  • Deck fitting centre/aft of anchor locker. Used for mounting bow sprit and spinnaker control line
  • Deck mounted bulls eye fittings used for guiding spinnaker control line back to cockpit
  • 2 X 5-6 line deck organisers leading lines back to cockpit
  • Cam cleat fitted port side for cockpit control of cruising chute downhaul line
  • 9” Garmin mount central on companion way roof - keeps plotter easy to read when heeling
  • 2020 – ‘Dinghy Ring’ removable/tiltable dinghy davit system
  • Factory fitted traveller track and car at companion way entrance
  • Pulpit guard rails are netted for extra safety when working at bow
  • Swim ladder fitted to stern


  • Garmin echoMAP 95sv chart plotter, 9” (mounts located in cockpit and at map table)
  • Plastimo compass with back light
  • Clipper speed and distance log
  • Clipper depth sounder
  • Clipper wind speed and direction

Instrument Modifications & Enhancements

Various extras have been added to allow instruments to cross communicate wherever possible

Full details on what was installed and what can talk to what are included in the documentation

Lazarette, lockable

B285 lazarettes are huge being almost full cockpit length and full depth from coaming height to bilge level

Houses bilge pump and shore power socket and is fitted out with a hanging rack arrangement used for storage of warps and lines

Companion way hatches

First Impulse comes with 2 sets of hatches

The first are the original wooden ones which are tetherable for use in rough seas

The second set, c. 2022, are smoked acrylic for use when anchored or moored


Saloon Modifications

A previous owner fitted out the usually total waste of space saloon side walls with custom storage units; An incredibly useful mix of shelving, racks, cubby holes and cupboards, as shown in photos

Starboard side of saloon table has been modified with a 3rd leg which sets the leaf on a tilt to transform it into a very comfortable workstation when using laptops and the like

Garmin 9” plotter and USB ports added to map table

Saloon centre light upgraded to very powerful and dimmable LED type

LED light, wired in, fitted above cooker

Saloon Soft Furnishings

2022 – New seat cushions, seat backs, hanging head-rests and curtains throughout

The cushion sets are designed to increase the ‘bum width’ of the bench to a more comfortable size without interfering with cabin doors and to allow easier access to the storage areas underneath

The materials used all being ‘wipe clean’ so as a day of wet crew using the cabin for respite doesn’t mean wet seating for that night

Aft Cabin

This is currently used for storage on the underdeck ‘coffin’ side and arranged so it is easy to make an emergency single berth on the outer side when and as required

Original headlining has been stripped out and the entire inside surface cleaned up ready for new headlining or painting of the new owner’s preference to be carried out, or not, as/if they may prefer

A full headlining template set, complete with photos of where each piece goes in order, is included in this sale

Fore Cabin, V-Berth

2022 – New 3 piece mattress set and interior hatch shade fitted to match the saloon theme

2022 – Side linings all replaced with new foam back

Again, materials used are all wipe clean type. That so the cabin can be used for sail dumping during a day out ‘flying the kites’ without that meaning a soggy wet cabin for the night

The Heads

2021* – Headlining replaced with new foam back type throughout

2021* – All wiring rerouted to outside of liner and conduit-ed for easier damage free access

2021* – Entire new larger seat/bowl size Jabsco Sea Toilet fitted

2023* – Stupid little plastic basin replaced with larger SS type and matching SS tap

2023* – New pressurised water system fitted

Decent size storage locker to rear of heads

Decent size under basis storage area

Over basin shelving

Lift top storage area in countertop

Good size mirror fitted

Ful bathroom accessories set (toothbrush, soap, towel and toilet roll holders) included

Gas, Electric & Water

70l fresh water tank located under starboard saloon sofa

Pressurised water to basin in head and to sink in galley

Gas system uses ‘Camping Gaz’ 4.5 ltr bottles

Gas bottle storage compartment mounted in stern transom

Solenoid gas isolator fitted in storage compartment and operated by switch in aft cabin

2 X full size batteries located in heads locker

1 X Spare Gas Bottle

Aft cabin has all wiring needed to replace existing batteries with low profile type under floor floor as/if required

Plastimo battery switch located in aft cabin

Safety Features

2 x Fire extinguishers

Extinguisher port to engine compartment

1 x Fire blanket

Gas isolator solenoid fitted in gas compartment

Various harnesses, tethers and buoyancy aids

2 X webbing jack lines

Safety netting fitted from bow end back to shrouds

High purchase MoB recovery modification made to boom and mainsheet


This tidy Beneteau First 285 is currently in the water here at Northney Marina, awaiting a lift out (March 2024) and is available for viewings 6 days a week (Sundays by appointment.)


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.
Get in touch for more information or to book a viewing on
02392 468 448 or email

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