Re: Thoughts on the Beneteau First 305?
The problem with the B First 305 (nice sailing, good looking boat) is that it's essentially a 30 foot boat with a 35 foot interior squeezed in. Berths are VERY tight, short and narrow. I'm not tall and we found the Vberth and the so-called aft double very cramped. Anyone 6 ft tall or more would have real problems with space. The nav table is a drop down affair in the aft cabin that isn't much better than useless.
Cockpit is pretty nice, the rig looks good and I'm sure it sails OK. But I wouldn't say it's a comfy liveable long term cruiser.
I think the First series is not necessarily a quality step up or down vis a vis the Oceanus/cruising series, more a different focus (performance/rigging/handling) over cruising (storage/galley amenities/space). I think they are tough boats.
Coming for a H25 it probably looks big, the problem is 'trying it out' long enough to get a real sense of how liveable it might be....
".. there is much you could do at sea with common sense.. and very little you could do without it.."
Capt G E Ericson (from "The Cruel Sea" by Nicholas Monsarrat)
1984 Fast/Nicholson 345 "FastForward"