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Re: Thoughts on the Beneteau First 305?
I owned a First 305E for several years. Faster's comments all fit. It's a nicely made boat that makes an excellent daysailer or overnighter but...the cramped quarters and no ventilation meant the first week of couple cruising was the last and only. Bring your SO and try to bunk down somewhere ...
A 168 rating is no gift - as the boat has a small foretriange resulting in a small spinnaker. You need to pull a horizon job on the windward leg to not have competitors with full size spinnakers roll over you downwind. In mid to strong breezes the boat could sail to that rating, otherwise not a chance.
Again, I think it a nice boat, but not very all around, two years ownership was it. Depends on how you want to use it.
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