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Beneteau First 285
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Description: Beneteau First 285
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Registered: January 2000
Location: maryland
Posts: 1888
Review Date: Sat December 21, 1996 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Wheel, Volvo 2002, Roller Furling, Auto Helm 5000
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Review Date: Sun February 9, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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This boat has done everything asked of it. I do not race it but it is a very capable cruiser. The interior is very well done in teak and holly and allows 4 adults to sleep in 2 seperate and private berths. Storage space is adequate for what most people would use it for with a huge cockpit lazarette to starboard and other storage spaces below throughout the cabin. It has a Volvo 2002 diesel that is joined to a mechanical packing gland that has not leaked hardly a drop of water(as long as you keep it properly lubed). One of the drawbacks is that it has a very shallow bilge--if water did get into it, things would start getting wet in a hurry. Hence the mechanical shaft seal that doesn't leak. Overall satisfaction for this boat on a scale of one to ten is a resounding TEN! It is an excellent boat for what I use it for(bay/daycruising with an occasional offshore trip) and has performed her duty flawlessly.
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Review Date: Sun February 9, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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This boat has done everything asked of it. I do not race it but it is a very capable cruiser. The interior is very well done in teak and holly and allows 4 adults to sleep in 2 seperate and private berths. Storage space is adequate for what most people would use it for with a huge cockpit lazarette to starboard and other storage spaces below throughout the cabin. It has a Volvo 2002 diesel that is joined to a mechanical packing gland that has not leaked hardly a drop of water(as long as you keep it properly lubed). One of the drawbacks is that it has a very shallow bilge--if water did get into it, things would start getting wet in a hurry. Hence the mechanical shaft seal that doesn't leak. Overall satisfaction for this boat on a scale of one to ten is a resounding TEN! It is an excellent boat for what I use it for(bay/daycruising with an occasional offshore trip) and has performed her duty flawlessly.
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Review Date: Tue February 9, 1999 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Sailing on Lake Ontario, we've lived aboard every summer for the past ten years.We love the boat.It sails well upwind but I find it a bit tender and it isn't very fast downwind.It has a very good layout for its size and a great cockpit.The boat is solid, and still looks fabulous (doesn't look dated at all). We had very few problems over the years: two small leaks easily fixed and a worn out water pump (Volvo 2002 engine). We have spent a lot of time on our Beneteau First 285 and have a lot of great memories. We just bought our third Beneteau, an Oceanis 321 a few weeks ago!


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Registered: July 2000
Posts: 1
Review Date: Mon March 27, 2000 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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We have not sailed our boat very much as yet.( Purched her fall 1999)Have sailed sisterships though and find her easy to handle and have no complaints about her performance.
The mate is very pleased with the outlay below.
We hope to do a lot of cruising this season since I am now retired.
So if you see The APROPOS this summer say hello!!!!
(Even when I steal the wind out of your sails)

Hugo and Margaret.












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Review Date: Sat June 10, 2000 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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I WANT AN SAILBOAT FOR GO AROUND ISLANDS CARIBBEAN.
AND I NEED SOME HELP TO SELET THE GOOD ONE
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Review Date: Wed July 4, 2001 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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We bought first "First" in June, 2000 and have it in our Windworks Sailing Club charter program. It has been part of the club for a number of years where it has been a popular rental. The club maintenance program has kept "La Vie Dansante" (a Creole expression meaning The Dancing Life)in great shape. It is fun on any point of sail and handles well as far as our experience has taken it (up to 20 knots of wind.) We have a 130% genny and are considering a cruising spinnaker. The only complaint I have so far is that the bilge is so shallow that it is easy to get water in the cabin when heeling hard. It just doesn't stay in the bilge long enough for the sump to get rid of it. We're still fairly new with "La Vie" so I'll update this later this year as we get more experienced.
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Review Date: Wed July 4, 2001 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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We just celebrated our "First" anniversary with La Vie Dansante and in summary are very pleased with her. Personal experience thus far is limited to day sailing but she is often chartered for weekend cruises by the members of our sailing club and she remains a very popular choice. As far as problems, we had to have the engine hoses replaced but that was inevitable. I do wish the engine hour meter had a different arrangement, as it runs when the panel is activated, even when the engine isn't running. That makes it difficult to accurately know when oil should be changed. It's ok if you remember to turn the panel power switch on/off at the appropriate times, but with many different members using the boat, it does get left on occasionally and runs up the meter. We just ordered a new mainsail from AirForce sails (sailnet), added a cockpit table, aft corner seats and cupholders to make it a bit more convenient. She's been a great choice and I would seriously consider a larger "First" model when the time comes.
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GerryAdler
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Registered: August 2001
Review Date: Sun August 5, 2001 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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This 285 has spent most of its time in fresh water. Fully equipped with many extras including built-in AC, auto helm, bimini with full side curtains and dodger, new interior cushions, Volvo-Penta with less than 1000 hours, fully battened main, 120 head, 150 head, roller furling, new battery charger, dual battery system, stern shower, inflatable dinghy, 2.2 outboard, and many more items.
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GerryAdler
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Registered: August 2001
Review Date: Thu August 9, 2001 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Fantastic racing and cruising sailboat. Her design and rigging make it a great boat to race or get away for a week or longer. We have retrofitted cabin with additional storage and additional fresh water capacity to make her a long distance cruising sailboat. We now are planning to sell Snow Goose because we don't have the time to give her our full attention.
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Review Date: Tue December 31, 2002 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Like most boaters, my wife and I are always thinking and talking about upgrading, but our BF-285 serves us well as a 'shore home' and a day sailer. We've been in the Barnegat Bay, at Cape May (where sport-fishermen definitely rule over sailboats) and now we'll be starting our second season out of Rock Hall on the Chesapeake. The boat is very dry and low maintenance. The only small complaint that I do have is the size of the fuel tank. At eight gallons (and no guage) it can be a little nerve wracking when we have ot motor to distant destinations. Having said that, we haven't had a problem yet (except once when I failed to refuel) and there is plenty of room in the lazzarette for (4+) extra cans. (Does anyone know where the engine hour guage is?)
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Marcel D

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Registered: April 2012
Location: Canada
Posts: 112
Review Date: Sat May 19, 2012 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Well thought out interior and a good sailer
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Our Beneteau 285 has been a great first ocean boat. She has an abundant amount or room compaired to other boats her size. We usually sail in the Pacific North West, Sanjuan Islands, Or the Gulf Islands and north. She is quite fast for a 25 foot water line, 5 to 6 knots on most points of sail. We sail with 39 footer and a 32 foot boat and are not far behind or ahead. As for problems we have had a cut dischard hose, but that is it. We had the boat for 6 or 7 years before we purchased an new Beneteau 34. I would buy another one tomorrow if i sold our 34.
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