1992 Beneteau First 38.5

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Racine WI
First 38.5
Volvo Penta
Number of Engines:
Nominal Length:
38 ft
Length at Water Line:
31.33 ft
Length Overall:
38 ft
Hull Material:
14,520 lb
Pending Sale


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The Beneteau First 38s5 was introduced in 1989 and continued in production until 1995,with 120 hulls completed. The design was a collaboration of designers Jean Berret and Philippe Starck, who designed the interior.

Jean Berret, who was responsible for the hull and rig, designed what was to become one of Beneteau?s most successful fractional rigs. The design he achieved created a very fast boat that could be raced competitively and yet easily handled by a cruising couple. The 38s5 handles responsively in all wind conditions, from light to heavy air, close hauled, on a reach or down wind.

The hull of the 38s5 is constructed of solid GRP laminates. The integrated GRP grid system is bonded into the hull and used to transfer the rig loads evenly throughout the hull structure. The decks are composite, with a variety of core materials in different areas and have radiused transitions from the house top to the deck and non-skid over the entire house and deck surface. The interior makes extensive use of GRP liners, with pre-cut and fabricated modules. The bulkheads are all bonded 360 degrees into both the hull and deck, which results in a light but extremely rigid structure.Contact Broker: Bill Strzelewicz
(262) 948-9662 Bill@SailPlace.com

Additional Information

Construction Hull and Deck
Construction, Hull and Deck
Hull is constructed of solid FRP laminates with a GRP grid system bonded to the hull to withstand rig & keel stress. Decks are composite with core materials. Decks are wedge-shaped with radiused contours from the cabin to the side decks. Bronze thru-hulls below the waterline, plastic above. Foam cored FRP rudder stock on an s/s post. Cast iron ballast.

Color Layout:

Hull: White Gelcoat

Covestripe: Single  Silver

Bootstripe: Blue 

Bottom: VC- 17

Anodized aluminum stem fitting
(6) aluminum cleats integrated on toe rail
Improved footing non-skid design
(11) opening ports
S/s bow pulpit w/ navigation lights
S/s stern rail with horse-shoe & flagstaff support
24" s/s profiled stanchions
Double through lifelines w/ opening gates to port & starboard
Self-bailing anchor locker
Danforth w/ 18 ft 5/16" galvanized chain & 100' ft plaited rode
47" Goiot steering wheel (wrapped)
White powder-coated Edson steering pedestal
(6) cockpit pad eyes
Engine control panel recessed on cockpit coaming
Teak slatted cockpit seats
Teak grated cockpit floor pieces
Dedicated propane locker
Whale manual bilge pump
Bathing platform w/ built-in swim ladder & locker
canvas winter cover
Storage Cradle


Accommodations include 6 berths in (2) cabins. There is a full standing (6ft) headroom & good ventilation throughout. The forepeak has the traditional v-berth with head & shower to port, lockers and a vanity to starboard. Moving aft the saloon has the drop-leaf table down the center-line and full-length settees with storage lockers above and below to port & starboard. The galley lies to port with a 2-burner gimbaled cooker with grill/ oven, refrigerator which converts into countertop space, (2) stainless steel sinks with pressurized water. To starboard is the nav station and electrical switchboard, chart table, and swivel seat. The chart table has an unusual sliding worktop for extra workspace. The aft cabin leads back from the port side of the companionway. The aft heads and shower is just aft of the nav station to starboard. 


Engine Make: Volvo Penta
Engine Model: 2003 BT
Engine Type: Inboard
Drive Type: Direct
Fuel Type: Diesel
Total Engine Power Quantity: 28 hp


Speed & Distance

Cruising Speed: 6.5 kn


Length Overall: 38 ft
Nominal Length: 38 ft
Length at Water Line: 31.33 ft
Bridge Clearance: 59 ft
Beam Measure: 12.33 ft


Fuel Tanks: 1
Fuel Tank Capacity: 29|gallon
Holding Tanks: 2
Holding Tank Capacity: 24|gallon
Water Tanks: 3
Water Tank Capacity: 98|gallon


Ballast Weight: 4,850 lb


Number of Heads: 2
Cabins Count: 3