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Seller's Description

For sale is a classic 1988 Beneteau First 235. This boat is perfect for both beginners and experienced sailors, offering a great blend of performance and comfort. This vessel has been well-cared for, upgraded extensively, and is in very good overall condition. It’s ready to set sail and explore your favorite waters. The tandem axle roller trailer makes transportation a breeze, allowing you to take your sailboat to various destinations. Whether you’re looking for weekend cruises, day sailing, or even club racing, this sailboat offers a fantastic opportunity to enjoy the wind and waves. Don’t miss out on this classic sailing experience!

Equipment: - Pro-furl roller fuller with a North Sails 120% Genoa in good condition - NorthSails main with 2 reef points in good condition - North Sails Gennaker with ATN sock - Spare hank on 130%genoa - Spare hank on storm jib - 8hp Honda (impeller replaced and fluids changed 2023) - Fuel tank replaced (2023) - Tandem axle roller trailer with two tongue extensions and lowerable 5th tire for very shallow ramps - Spacious cabin with enclosable head and retractable chart table - Galley with ss sink (new 2022), ice box with drain, and gimbaled stove - Dining table lowers to create large forward berth - Jabsco Marine head, pump rebuilt and plumbing replaced 2021 - Portable macerator pump for pump-outs via garden hose into home sewer clean out - Set of 4 boat stands for bottom work - All lines and rigging are well-maintained - Spreaders upgraded with new safer design from Z-spars (2021) - Mast base upgraded and halyard exits added (2021) - Custom telescoping aluminum Gin-pole for easy raising/lowering of the mast - Custom telescoping mast crutch mounts to rudder for easy trailering with mast down without needing to remove the rudder - Rudder-craft kick-rudder and tiller - Cockpit cushions for comfort - Motor moved to port side with gas spring assisted OMC motor mount - Swim ladder moved to starboard side cockpit opening for easy access - Delta plow primary anchor with depth marked on rode - Spare Danforth with 150 of rode - Navigation lights and VHF radio - Safety equipment (life jackets, 2 fire extinguishers, flares, etc.) - Head liner replaced (2022) - New topsides paint (2022) - Entire bottom job including keel dropped and re-bedded with 5200 and new keel bolts, barrier coat, and bottom paint(2022) - Deck light/steaming light added (2022) - Masthead LED tricolor (2021)



Jean Marie Finot (Groupe Finot)
Beneteau First 235
# Built
Transom hung


Length Overall
22 11 / 7 m
Waterline Length
20 2 / 6.2 m
8 2 / 2.5 m
2 9 / 0.8 m
2,830 lb / 1,282 kg
820 lb / 374 kg

Rig and Sails

Reported Sail Area
248′² / 23 m²
Total Sail Area
249′² / 23.1 m²
Sail Area
136′² / 12.6 m²
26 4 / 8.1 m
10 3 / 3.1 m
Air Draft
Sail Area
113′² / 10.5 m²
28 7 / 8.7 m
7 10 / 2.4 m
Forestay Length
29 7 / 9 m

Auxilary Power

Fuel Type
Fuel Capacity
Engine Hours


Water Capacity
Holding Tank Capacity


Hull Speed
7.8 kn
Classic: 6.03 kn

Hull Speed

The theoretical maximum speed that a displacement hull can move efficiently through the water is determined by it's waterline length and displacement. It may be unable to reach this speed if the boat is underpowered or heavily loaded, though it may exceed this speed given enough power. Read more.


Classic hull speed formula:

Hull Speed = 1.34 x √LWL

A more accurate formula devised by Dave Gerr in The Propeller Handbook replaces the Speed/Length ratio constant of 1.34 with a calculation based on the Displacement/Length ratio.

Max Speed/Length ratio = 8.26 ÷ Displacement/Length ratio.311
Hull Speed = Max Speed/Length ratio x √LWL

7.79 knots
Classic formula: 6.03 knots
Sail Area/Displacement
16-20: good performance

Sail Area / Displacement Ratio

A measure of the power of the sails relative to the weight of the boat. The higher the number, the higher the performance, but the harder the boat will be to handle. This ratio is a "non-dimensional" value that facilitates comparisons between boats of different types and sizes. Read more.


SA/D = SA ÷ (D ÷ 64)2/3

  • SA: Sail area in square feet, derived by adding the mainsail area to 100% of the foretriangle area (the lateral area above the deck between the mast and the forestay).
  • D: Displacement in pounds.
<16: under powered
16-20: good performance
>20: high performance
<40: less stiff, less powerful

Ballast / Displacement Ratio

A measure of the stability of a boat's hull that suggests how well a monohull will stand up to its sails. The ballast displacement ratio indicates how much of the weight of a boat is placed for maximum stability against capsizing and is an indicator of stiffness and resistance to capsize.


Ballast / Displacement * 100

<40: less stiff, less powerful
>40: stiffer, more powerful
100-200: light

Displacement / Length Ratio

A measure of the weight of the boat relative to it's length at the waterline. The higher a boat’s D/L ratio, the more easily it will carry a load and the more comfortable its motion will be. The lower a boat's ratio is, the less power it takes to drive the boat to its nominal hull speed or beyond. Read more.


D/L = (D ÷ 2240) ÷ (0.01 x LWL)³

  • D: Displacement of the boat in pounds.
  • LWL: Waterline length in feet
<100: ultralight
100-200: light
200-300: moderate
300-400: heavy
>400: very heavy
Comfort Ratio
<20: lightweight racing boat

Comfort Ratio

This ratio assess how quickly and abruptly a boat’s hull reacts to waves in a significant seaway, these being the elements of a boat’s motion most likely to cause seasickness. Read more.


Comfort ratio = D ÷ (.65 x (.7 LWL + .3 LOA) x Beam1.33)

  • D: Displacement of the boat in pounds
  • LWL: Waterline length in feet
  • LOA: Length overall in feet
  • Beam: Width of boat at the widest point in feet
<20: lightweight racing boat
20-30: coastal cruiser
30-40: moderate bluewater cruising boat
40-50: heavy bluewater boat
>50: extremely heavy bluewater boat
Capsize Screening
>2.0: better suited for coastal cruising

Capsize Screening Formula

This formula attempts to indicate whether a given boat might be too wide and light to readily right itself after being overturned in extreme conditions. Read more.


CSV = Beam ÷ ³√(D / 64)

  • Beam: Width of boat at the widest point in feet
  • D: Displacement of the boat in pounds
<2: better suited for ocean passages
>2: better suited for coastal cruising


Also available with swing keel
Draft (BD): 5.75’/1.75m
Draft (BU): 2.16’/0.66m
WINGED KEEL draft: 2.75’/0.84m).
Thanks to Clay for providing updated information.

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