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Please review: 1st boat purchase 28′ Beneteau First 285

Please review and let me know your thoughts. I have not viewed the boat myself yet, debating on if it’s worth the 3 hr drive yet to go look at it. My original plan was to line up a bunch to view come April/May time line (all the locations and where I’d be slipping the boat are 3-4 hours north of me).

Boat: 1988 28′ Beneteau First 285

Intended use: Light/moderate coastal cruising type of sailing on Lake Superior. Want the option open to do


12+ hour sails across the open water to other locations (Apostle Islands to Isle Royal etc). Not sailing across oceans here, but possible across Lake Superior.

Ability for 2-4 adults, maybe 2x kids. to have enjoyable weekends out.

Ability to use and learn all the various systems.

I’ve been trying to get off the Huntabennacatala kick (how ever that is spelled!), however for my intended use those might not be bad boats. I just don’t know, very limited experience on boat boats myself (only sailed on a 37′ Beneteau in the BVI so far). Was planning on chartering a few different boats this spring to figure things out.

My guess is this boat will not be on the market for too long, looks to only be a few available.

Pros: Nice sail inventory, electronics. large engine for size of the boat, pressure water/hot water etc, propane stove (I’d much prefer this I think).

I really want a boat with doors on the front and aft berths. I don’t know why, someplace to hide the kids I guess. This is the smallest boat I’ve seen that on- next steps seem to be newer Hunter 290’s/Hunter 310 etc. Need to get up to 31 feet or so I guess.

Beneteau 500 Open boat

Cons: Not much fresh water inventory (I’d be on a fresh water lake. ), small berths, unknown if headroom would work (6’0 headroom and I’m 6’0), smaller/lighter boat which would get tossed around I’d image. Per reviews no bilge pump in the shower. most owners have added this from reviews I’ve read.

Seems to be maybe more of a racer boat which is not bad, I just want all the cruiser comforts I think.

Good reviews on the Volvo engine. I’d like a Yanmar since everything under the sun seems to have those. My guess is once learn one diesel they are all pretty close.

I’ve got a think going to allow for this to be basically a cash purchase but the time line is not done. Expect the cash to be in hand in

2 months so moving before then on the boat would be financing it.

I’m not a huge fan of the older boats with no aft berth in this size range (27′-32′) but am slowing understanding the pros/cons of each hopefully.

Let know your thoughts please!

Beneteau 500 Open boat
Beneteau 500 Open boat

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