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Beneteau First 38
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Description: Beneteau First 38
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Registered: January 2000
Location: maryland
Posts: 1888
Review Date: Mon October 27, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Very fast fin keel racer/cruiser. Very seaworthy. Sistership has circumnavigated. Have not found any weaknesses. Are very pleased with performance and accomodation. Great liveaboard, extended cruiser as well as weekend racing machine. Great all-round safe and exciting sailboat.
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Review Date: Wed December 17, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Jean Berret design, vinyl ester bottom repair with "Copper Clad" permanent antifoulant, Sylva instruments, Sobstad sails, 155 roller furling Genoa, Loran and GPS. Very fast and comfortable boat. Owned since new and very satisfied since proper bottom repair was completed by Beneteau.
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Review Date: Mon January 26, 1998 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Very satisfied
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Review Date: Fri August 14, 1998 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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The First 38 is a fast Boat, but she need
for optimal fast sailing a lot of sail-adjusting.
I sail her for 10 years in the english-channel
in Europe between Great-Britain and Belgium.
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Review Date: Fri March 3, 2000 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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We purchased this 3 cabin boat new in France in 1985. We were embarking as a family on turned int a 6 year circumnavigation. My yacht dealership partnership had been sold to do this, but as dealers for Swan, C&C, Whitby, Yamaha, Beneteau and our own line of Sunstar sailboats I had no doubt which was the best built boat for the money.

Now, after 15 years and over 70,000 miles we still find it hard to believe that a better boat exists. No structural problems, it sails like a racer but handles easily. Its a dry ride and the boat has no vices. You can tell that we like this boat!

What major items have we had to repair? Blisters were extensive; they were repaired by Beneteau when we were in Australia in'88. Headliner started to fall down as the foam backing disintegrated and had to re repaired. Window plastic is due for replacing due to UV hazing. The Perkins 4-108 has 10,700 hours and still starts instantly and purrs, but is starting to smoke a bit and is going in for a rebuild. NO leaks or squeeks.

We refitted in'98 for a cruise from Vancouver to Nova Scotia with winter spent exploring both sides of Central America. A watermaker was added, also the great new in-boom maisail furling system by Profurl. Sailed 11,600 miles in the year, got beaten up by some fairly tough conditions but had no boat problems.

I'm happy to hear from anyone who wants to know more - or you can read one of my wife Liza's books.

Andy Copeland. Sailboat 'BAGHEERA'.
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Registered: August 2003
Posts: 79
Review Date: Wed February 25, 2009 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: simple, safe and fast, well built ..
Cons: wish head was larger with a shower stall.

Very sea kindly, I am shipwrite and am adding cabinets to both rear cabinets, I have only sailed this boat in 40 knot winds and 20 to 35 foot waves and I felt reassured that she was built very well, I had her delivered to the Virgin islands and I hope to have more time to sail her, but she is a great live aboard. bought her about 6 months ago.
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lsmoske
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Registered: June 2012
Location: Portsmouth, RI
Posts: 45
Review Date: Sun June 30, 2013 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $69,000.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Fast,safe, well built and roomy
Cons: Headliners

I bought this boat in Annapolis in April of 2011 for use as a live aboard fast cruiser. I researched it thoroughly before picking this model. This boat continues to impress me. As an ex-racer performance was given a priority. This boat handles like a dream in all conditions. I single hand and with the help of the auto pilot It's a snap. She is very roomy, and I love the layout, plenty of privacy if you have guest's. She is set up for long distance cruising, the previous owner outfitted her exactly as I would have, I bought her on the spot after a 2 hour inspection. The build quality is excellent, and all hardware is top shelf. The systems are very easy to maintain, and engine access is excellent. I also have the "S" version and everything except the teak decks. This is the finest sailboat I have owned and would recommend it to anyone looking for a 40 foot fast cruiser.

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It is the weak who are cruel, and gentleness is only expected from the strong.---Leo Rostern
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