1988 Beneteau First 285 for Sale

£14,995 tax paid

General Information

Make and Model Beneteau First 285
Year 1988
Name "Witchcraft"
Length Overall 28.67 feet (8.74 m)
Length to Water Line 24.25 feet (7.39 m)
Beam 9.9 feet (3.02 m)
Draft 5.25 feet (1.60 m)

Hull Fibreglass
Engine(s) Volvo 2002 Series
Engine Power 18 hp
Fuel Type Diesel
Heads 1
Location Bursledon, United Kingdom

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The Beneteau First 285 is a superb little cruiser-racer from the Beneteau stable. Equally at home on the weekend club racetrack as she is family cruising, this design is a real all rounder. This Beneteau First 285 has been well maintained and is well equipped.



Built by Beneteau to designs by Jean Marie Finot

GRP Hull and deck
Fin Keel
Tiller steering
Teak laid cockpit

LOA: 28'16'' / 8.58m
BEAM: 9'83'' / 3.00m
DRAFT: 5'25'' / 1.60m

Mechanical and Electricals

Volvo Penta 2002 18 hp marine diesel
Shaft drive
Two blade propellor
Engine service annually by Marine Drive Engineering, most recent Spring 2019
Speed approx 6 knots

1 x 12v 60 amp/hr Engine battery (New 2018)
2 x 12v 60 amp/hr domestic batteries
Charged by engine alternator
12v sockets


Two double berths and one single in saloon

Forward cabin with two single / one double berth

Saloon with single berth to starboard and child berth to port, both with lee cloths
Table with drop leaves
Ample storage in lockers and shelves

Chart table with electrical panel and storage under table

Galley with Plastimo oven and 2 burner hob
Deep cool box

Heads compartment with marine WC and handbasin
Wet locker behind

Aft cabin with double berth

Pressurised water system 70 litres
Stereo radio and cd player
Saloon and cabin lights
Grey upholstery


Sloop - Fractional rig
Z-spar Aluminium mast and spars
Stainless steel standing rigging NEW 2016
All controls led back to the cockpit
Spinnaker Pole
Slab reef mainsail with three reefing points
Stackpack and lazy jacks
Furlex twin luff groove furling headstay
Furlex furler for genoa
Lewmar 16 halyard winches x 2
Lewmar 30 Genoa winchesx 2 
Lewmar 6 mast mounted winch x 1

Mainsail - slab reefing

Navigational Equipment

Clipper GPS repeater
Sea Data Depth and Speed
Windspeed indicator
Husun 55 VHF

Deck Equipment

CQR anchor chain and warp 30m
Warps and fenders
Boarding ladder on swim platform
Manual bilge pump
Bimini cover
Cockpit cushions
Cockpit speakers fitted 2018


The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.

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