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Beneteau First 305
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Description: Beneteau First 305
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Review Date: Thu February 20, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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A great boat, sailed storms in the Atlantic and a nasty one in the Gulf, and all systems great. I made a minor revision in the steering system as had a problem jumping sheaves and solved the problem.
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Review Date: Sat September 13, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Fetaures - Cabins arregments execellent for the design.
Strenghts- Hull contructions and Rig.
Weaknesses - Inside lining it's a nightmare.
I'm very please with my Beneteau.
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Review Date: Thu October 16, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Overall a very slick combination of racing/crusing features.
My boat is currently involved with a refit from hurricane damage but should be racing soon (I'll update). One drawback on my French built 305 is that everything is metric. This makes rigging my new mast challenging. To have
survived being washed ashore in a hurricane with no more damage than my boat has this must be a very well made vessel.
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Review Date: Wed December 9, 1998 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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I am thinking of purchasing an '86 Beneteau First 305. Is there anyone out there who can give me more information about the boat. Thanks much
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Review Date: Sat January 2, 1999 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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The Beneteau First 305 is a tall rig with wheel steering. It has a deep keal at 5' 8". This boat is fast in light wind but requires reefing at 15 knots of wind. We hope to be using it for racing soon. The cabin is nice for over night stays. Sleeps two couples nicely. We have had the boat for a year and have realy enjoyed it.
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Review Date: Sun September 26, 2004 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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This is a great racer. Solid hull construction.
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Review Date: Fri April 13, 2007 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $45,000.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Great sailing; racer/cruiser; solid
Cons: French parts

I've owned a First 305 TM/shoal/tiller since 1988. I'd originally planned to keep her seven years, then upgrade. That was 19 years ago. I love the boat.

She has been cruised and raced regularly on the SW Florida Gulf Coast, including offshore to Key West. The boat performs very well and withstood tropical depression conditions for days at a time with no problems.

She competes very well against similar boats - Hunter 31, Catalina 30, 31, etc. Back then she had a 174 PHRF rating. She had more (racing) trouble with dissimilar boats that had the same/near ratings (J-22, J-24, Hunter 37, S-21). I think that was a systemic problem with the rating/classification method - the light sport boats did better in very light or very heavy (planing) conditions. The heavy boats were better offshore, where waterline and momentum gave them more speed in waves.

We cruised often for 6-10 days at a time. Although the galley and fridge were small, we only needed to stop for supplies every 3 days. The shoal draft was perfect for gunk-holing the barrier islands. The solid keel and well founded rudder shaft compensated for hard groundings.

I've since moved the boat to north Alabama and sail on the Tennessee River.

The only drawbacks:
- French boat. Not the French, but the difficulty replacing French/European parts like main/genoa track hardware, mast hardware, metric rigging. When replacing anything, consider upgrading to US parts that are easier to find.

- iron (shoal) keel. More maintenance than lead. Less righting moment, so it's less efficient that the same depth for a lead keel.

- Vinyl headliner. After 10-12 years the soft vinyl backing (open cell foam) deteriorates and falls down. Most Beneteaus built in the 1980's have this problem. I've replaced all the vinyl and used closed cell foam backing.

- I've outgrown the boat. Not in my sailing ability, but in body size. The French people must be shorter (and skinnier) than us fat ole Americans. The head and doors have gotten smaller than when I bought the boat.

I highly recommend the boat and the manufacturer, even though my boat was build in France and all the new US-sold boats in this size catagory are built by Beneteau in Marion, SC.

Email me with any specific questions at:

Ron Matthews

ronmatthews@knology.net
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Review Date: Mon July 7, 2008 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: very strong off the wind
Cons: small cockpit with wheel, not an issue with the original tiller

I love this boat! Races very well especially in winds 12-20 this is when she wins.
My only negative is the fuel tank. At 20l or 5g we need to take several jerry cans for extended cruises, with the open storage in the aft it's easy to carry 3-20l cans without haveing to hang them on the rails.
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Registered: October 2009
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Review Date: Mon October 26, 2009 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Hi, just about to pruchase a 1985 Beneteau First 305. Does anyone have a link to a manual? Evan a BF 295 manual?
Thanks, Nick (Sydney)
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