Layout & Owners Impression

I've enclosed some links on the sidebar regarding the original concept of the First 35, so I won't repeat that here. Only to say that at all times, and in all sorts of weather, I've found her to be an incredible sailing boat, and easily sailed short handed. I've sailed her single handed mostly, and never felt that it was bordering on hard work. She's incredibly stiff and stable with a 46% ballast ratio and well able to stand up to her canvas. As good in light winds as heavy, and responsive on the helm. A little research on the web will soon bring up an abundance of satisfied owners and long passages made. Along with the First 30/32 and the First 35, Jean Berret's designs put Beneteau on the map amongst cruiser/racers of the time, and established the company in many ways. It's well known that the early Beneteau's were very well put together, and the GRP lay-up was substantial.

The First 35 is a very big thirty-five footer. There is an amazing amount of volume down below that is more than adequate for family cruising or longer term liveaboard, and the two double cabins aft are a real boon. With a good sea-manlike galley and an excellent navigation area, when you go down below you know you've stepped onto a real sailing boat. As for the saloon, I've had eight people around the saloon table on occasions, so she'll stand populating.