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Any one have any real world experience with a Beneteau First 35 (mid 80's vintage)?

I'm looking seriously at one and curious if there's anything to look out for, or just general input.

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I don't know anything about the First 35 but if it's built like my First 42 you'll love it. Everything is pretty heavy duty and it sails great. I blow away a lot of newer boats with better ratings.
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Re: First 35

I don't think Beneteau made a 'First 35' in the '80s.. There was a First 345, and later a First 35S5, quite different boats, but I can't find a 'First 35' per se.

I suspect you're thinking of the 345?

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Nope, it is a 1984 First 35. I'm not sure how many we're imported....?

They are very different from the 35s5. Similar to the First 305, but bigger.

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I don't think Beneteau made a 'First 35' in the '80s.. There was a First 345, and later a First 35S5, quite different boats, but I can't find a 'First 35' per se.

I suspect you're thinking of the 345?
Ah... Well... Actually, Beneteau began building First 35's in 1980. See 1980 Beneteau First 35 Boats For Sale

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Nope, it is a 1984 First 35. I'm not sure how many we're imported....?

They are very different from the 35s5. Similar to the First 305, but bigger.
ah... found one (or two) mostly in Europe if on YW... looks a lot like the 345, slatted cockpit seating, same era, must be very similar in all aspects.

Have had two friends with same vintage First 375.. both loved the boat.

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FIRST 35 (BENETEAU) sailboat specifications and details on sailboatdata.com

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We looked at one in Seward that we loved. Almost bought it but sold before we made it happen. The aft cabin was tight but my wife and I (both 6' +) could squeeze in there. The cockpit layout was perfect. Never did get to sail it though.
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Re: First 35

This model reminds me of my former First 30E. She was a lovely daysailer, but only had one cruise, then never again. Beneteau squeezed in bunks for seven, but not one large enough for someone 5'10" let alone for a couple. with five extra feet, maybe one bunk gets big enough, but when my wife and I looked at a First 345, we immediately tried the bunks, found them all unsatisfactory and got off.

If you check one out, be sure to get in bed with your SO.
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Re: First 35

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).

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