Beneteau First 38s5


Another Berret/Starck collaboration, the 38s5 from 1989 came in owners’ and charter versions. The former had double cabins fore-and-aft and two heads, the latter an extra aftercabin and single heads. Sliding trays in the galley make good use of the work surfaces but a similar device at the chart table is less effective. The saloon works well in harbour and at sea. Emeraldtinted ports and hatches, combined with deep red mahogany, can make the interior dark, but a lighter teak interior was an option. Just 115 were built.

LOA 11.5m (37ft 8in), LWL 9.2m (30ft 2in), beam 3.75m (12ft 4in), draught 1.57m or 2.1m (5ft 1in or 6ft 10in), displacement 6.600kg (14,520lb). Price guide: £60,000 to £65,000.