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I have found one and was able to climb into the V berth. It was plenty long enough for me (6' nothin), but didn't leave enough leg room for a second person. The 2 aft cabins seem quite a bit bigger but can't get a good feel for how large they are as the headliners are coming down (as these boats are prone to).
Those fabric headliners are a problem in a range of the Euro boats of that era, seems like...

We looked at a 30E as well, had the exact same impression as SF.. a 36 foot interior crammed into 30 feet. I'd have hoped by the time you got to 34/35 feet it would work again..

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I have found one and was able to climb into the V berth. It was plenty long enough for me (6' nothin), but didn't leave enough leg room for a second person. The 2 aft cabins seem quite a bit bigger but can't get a good feel for how large they are as the headliners are coming down (as these boats are prone to).
It is not surprising that after 30+ years the foam backing on the hull liner material has begun to fail. It is a common problem with boats of that era. Although it is a pain in the neck, it is not difficult to strip out the old lining and install, or have installed, one of the new non-woven hull lining materials. The most demanding aspect of the job is removing the old adhesive and scrubbing the glass clean to accept the new cement and fabric. The good news is that the newer materials are much improved and are easy to install and shape and will last quite a good while longer than the original. The material is also relatively inexpensive. Material and professional installation on a typical Beneteau quarter cabin with the work done in Florida is usually in the range of $500 or so with quite pleasing results. (This assumes an owner does his own clean-up and prep). I can't imagine it would be much more costly up north.

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Yea, I would not worry about the headliner, you have Gedaggett near by! He did a bang up job on SailChick's boat. I looked at a First 345 and really liked it. It was a tiller, and in good shape till I looked at the keel bolts. OUCH they were rusted really bad, and the thought of trying to get new bolts into a cast iron keel did not appeal, so I went no further. So check that. I liked it a lot, but it was the first Beneateau I saw, and was impressed.
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You'll go fast, T. No doubt.


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You'll go fast, T. No doubt.
Going from the old T34 it should be big step up in HP.

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Re: First 35

Do you know what this boat rates?

I came very, very close to buying a First 375:



Honestly, the biggest thing that turned me off was that stupid headliner. It's just such a silly thing to have to work so hard on.

I hope it works out for you. Cool boats.


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Yeah, I agree. The only saving grace is that I raced on sailchick's boat all summer and saw that it can be fixed (and look good).

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Going from the old T34 it should be big step up in HP.
Yes, in speed perhaps, but that tartan style....
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Yes, in speed perhaps, but that tartan style....
I know, but that Tartan maintenance was killing me.

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I know, but that Tartan maintenance was killing me.
True, but you don't get to take the prettiest girl to the prom without a bit of extra work!
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