Beneteau First 285



28.7 feet





A lovely Beneteau First 285 for sale that the current owner has had for over 20 years. The current owner is only the third owner from new. We can see from the history that the service and maintenance over the past 20 years has been done professionally, which is a testament to its nice condition. Fitted with the Yanmar 2GM inboard diesel engine to make any trip possible when the wind fails to show, and a Selden furling Genoa for when the wind does show up. That, coupled with the lifting keel and twin rudders, this Beneteau First 285 makes for a lovely sailing vessel.


Paperwork we are currently holding includes:

  • Original Beneteau owner’s manual
  • Original Beneteau Warranty Certificate
  • Full history of previous owners from new
  • Current owners’ Bill of Sale
  • Small ships register history
  • Equipment manuals

*NOTE: Unfortunately we do not have a copy of the original VAT Invoice.


Service and maintenance history we are holding includes:

The current owner has had the boat looked after professionally throughout his ownership, but unfortunately some invoices are known to be missing. The invoices we are holding are:

  • Engine service including new impeller, new engine anodes and winterise – October 2018
  • Antifouling fully removed – January 2018
  • New engine mounts – Nov 2017
  • New main wire backstay and 2 flexible backstays – 2016
  • Main, genoa and spinnaker halyards removed, new halyards, new Furlex 100 furling genoa fitted – Jan 2014
  • Engine service and winterise including new impeller – Oct 2014
  • New Tek Tank (Series A) – Nov 2013
  • Engine serviced and winterised – Oct 2013
  • New Selden turning blocks and S/S fair lead fitted to mast – Mar 2013
  • Engine serviced and winterised – Oct 2012
  • Engine serviced and winterised - Nov 2011
  • Engine serviced and winterised – Nov 2010
  • Engine serviced and winterised – Nov 2009
  • New mainsail from Hyde Sails 2006

This boat is in nice condition and is out of the water, in our display at Northney marina and it is available for viewings with us 6 days a week (Sundays by appointment).

Please don't hesitate to call us or email us with your questions and to arrange your viewing.


Full Specification

The specification includes:

  • Yanmar 2GM 16hp diesel inboard (engine hours unknown – no log/meter)
  • 6 berths in 2 cabins
  • Lifting keel
  • Tiller steering
  • Twin rudder
  • Fuel: approx. 10 gallons
  • Water: approx. 10 gallons
  • 2 batteries
  • Shore power & cable
  • Stowe speed gauge
  • Stowe echo sounder
  • GPS
  • Autohelm
  • Radar reflector
  • Navico VHF
  • 2 bilge pumps
  • Engine spares
  • Built 1990
  • Clock & barometer

Sails & rigging:

  • Mainsail (2006)
  • Genoa (unknown age, described as ‘beautiful, classic’)
  • Furling genoa (unknown age)
  • Spinnaker (unknown age, owner hasn’t used much)
  • Anodised aluminium spars


  • Cold water
  • 2 burner hob with oven
  • Stainless steel sink
  • 12-volt fridge
  • Storage
  • Fire blanket

Heads compartment:

  • Manual toilet
  • Sink
  • Cold water

Manufacturer’s spec includes:

  • LOA 8.77m
  • Beam 2.99m
  • Hull length 8.49m
  • Maximum draught 1.94m
  • Build number 385

Extra’s include:

  • Warps
  • Boat hook
  • Fenders
  • Anchor & chain
  • Flag pole


  • Lodestar inflatable tender and Honda 2hp outboard (TBC) available by separate negotiation. (Tender unused, outboard believed to have low hours)

This boat is in nice condition and is out of the water, in our display at Northney Marina and it is available for viewings with us 6 days a week (Sundays by appointment).

Please don't hesitate to call us or email us with your questions and to arrange your viewing.


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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