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Beneteau First 38s5

Beneteau First 38s5

Beneteau First 38s5

Beneteau First 38s5

The Bènèteau The First 38s5 was introduced in 1990 and continued in production until 1995. The design resulted from the collaboration of designers Jean Berret, who was responsible for the hull and rig, and Philippe Starck, who designed the interior.  The hull of the 38s5 is constructed of solid GRP laminates with a GRP grid system bonded to the hull to withstand stresses generated by the rig and keel. The decks are composite with a variety of core materials in different areas, and the interior makes extensive use of GRP liners and pre-cut and fabricated modules.

The First 38s5 was built with three keel variations, having drafts of from 5′ 2″ to 6′ 11″.  The yachts also came in “owners” or “charter” versions: the “charter” version has twin smaller aft cabins and only one heads, whilst the owners version has a single aft cabin, and a second heads aft.

 

LOA

38.2 ft.

LOD

38.2 ft.

LWL

31.3 ft.

Beam

12.3 ft.

Draft

6.9 ft.

DraftMin

5.2 ft.

Displaces

14,520 lbs.

Sail Area

671.0 sq. ft.

Performance Indicators

D/L

211

SA/D

18.0

Comfort

22.7

Capsize

2.02

L/B

3.1

 

 

REVIEWS

Beneteau-First 38s5

By Jack Hornor

Revised by BoatUS editors in October 2012

 

Principal Dimensions & Specifications

Measurements should be considered approximate and the manufacturer&s specifications may be relied upon. Bow & stern appendages are generally excluded.
Length Overall 42′ 0″
Waterline Length 32′ 8″
Maximum Beam 13′ 0″
Maximum Draft 5′ 0″
Displacement/Weight 23,500 lbs
Fuel Capacity 300 Gallons
Water Capacity 300 Gallons
Sail Area 100%
Fore triangle
875 Sq ft.

Everyone who has ever owned one knows there is no such thing as a “maintenance free” boat. However, with its minimal use of wood and maximum use of aluminum moldings and liners, the Beneteau-First 38s5 may require no more than a good scrubbing, hosing down and an occasional coat of wax to maintain her cosmetic appearance and keep you cruising in style.

The First 38s5 was introduced in 1990 and continued in production until 1995. The design resulted from the collaboration of designers Jean Berret, who was responsible for the hull and rig, and Philippe Starck, who designed the interior. With the exception of a plethora of vertical, horizontal, square, rectangular and teardrop-shaped cabin windows, the appearance of the 38s5 is quite typical of production boats of this vintage. Freeboard is moderate and the sheer is quite flat in order to maximize interior volume. The bow is rather plumb again, to maximize interior volume as well as waterline length.

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