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Beneteau’s First series racing yachts have long been renowned for their performance, practicality and pedigree. The newest Farr designed offering for the First series is the Carbon Edition which is a package of performance oriented carbon fiber options and sleek black carbon fiber accents brought together into a cohesive, elegant and sensible design where the “go fast” equipment not only makes the boat sail better, but look better too. These compelling options give the boat a semi-custom feel and will appeal to serious racers, club racers and family weekenders equally.

Key Features

  • 6 Aluminum mooring cleats
  • Standard anodized aluminum mast and 2 Aft swept spreaders
  • Stainless steel swimming ladder
  • Interior with Light Alpi teak woodwork
  • Owner's cabin with foam mattress double bed
  • 2 salon bench seats and a wooden table with 2 flaps
  • Console with chart table and retractable navigator seat
  • L-shaped kitchen
  • One 26 gallon (100 L) ice box top opening, drained by foot pump
Length Overall 35’ 7''
10.85 m
Beam 11’ 11''
3.63 m
Draft 7’ 5''
2.26 m
Shallow Draft (Shallow Keel) N/A
Hull Length 34’ 12''
10.66 m
L.W.L 30’ 7''
9.33 m
Max Headroom 6’ 5''
1.95 m
Dry Weight 13,360 lbs.
6,060 kg
Tested Weight N/A
Mast Height (max) 56’ 8''
17.26 m
Person Capacity N/A
Fuel Capacity 20 gal.
75 L
Water Capacity 53 gal.
200 L
Shallow Ballast Weight N/A
Deep Ballast Weight N/A
Mainsail Area (Classic) 446 sq ft
41.45 m²
Headsail Area (105 %) 334 sq ft
31.04 m²

Prices, features, designs, and equipment are subject to change. Please see your local dealer or visit the builder's website for the latest information available on this boat model.

Std. Power 1 x 29-hp Yanmar diesel
Tested Power 1 x 29-hp Yanmar diesel
Opt. Power Not Available

Features Inspection

Beneteau First 35 Carbon Edition sailing shot
Distinguishing standard features of the Beneteau First 35 Carbon Edition shown above include a black carbon mast with rod rigging, PBO fiber adjustable backstay, a rigid boom vang, a deep draft (7’5”/2.30 m) lead keel and a retractable carbon bow sprit for the asymmetric spinnaker.

Ready for Racing

The First 35 Carbon Edition is clearly focused as a racing machine. Starting aft in the cockpit at the helm the Beneteau First 35 Carbon Edition features one of the most innovative and practical wheel solutions we have ever seen in a yacht in this class. Instead of installing an enormous diameter destroyer wheel, recessed into the cockpit sole and extending far athwartships so as to be in reach from either rail when sailing and effectively blocking the helm position from the rest of the cockpit, Beneteau has developed a multi-position tilting wheel pedestal.

The pedestal is mounted on a hinge

allowing the wheel pedestal to articulate port and starboard. By stepping on a pedal at the base of the pedestal, the helmsperson can easily adjust the position of the pedestal into one of three locked positions; centerline, port or starboard. When sailing, this allows the helmsperson to be on the weather rail with the wheel in reach. When tacking, simply shift the wheel to the opposite side. The wheel itself is smaller in diameter and more manageable, and a very attractive carbon one at that!

Innovative Wheel

Another useful feature about the articulating wheel is that it can be moved out of the way to one side when boarding from the stern or hauling gear around the cockpit (ie: sailbags, dufflebags, coolers, etc). On a boat of this size, a single helm makes much more sense in terms of space utilization, steering system complexity, and even weight savings. The pivoting wheel solution offers the benefits of a large diameter single wheel or dual wheel configuration without the aforementioned drawbacks. We think this is a clever idea and it won’t be long before it is seen on more boats. A 5’3” (1.60 m) destroyer wheel is an option in the event that a traditional steering system is desired.

Beneteau First 35 Carbon Edition wheel
The sleek carbon wheel mounted to a unique pivoting pedestal that locks in three positions, port, center and starboard by simply stepping on the pedal at the base and moving the wheel to the desired location.
Beneteau First 35 Carbon Edition transomThe First 35 Carbon Edition features an open transom and a notable feature is the removable transom bridge beam. This makes it easier for boarding from a dinghy or stern-to at a dock. In conjunction with the tilt wheel pedestal, there can be clear unobstructed walkthrough access from the transom to the companionway.

Beneteau First 35 Carbon Edition cockpit
With halyards, sheets and control lines all leading to the cockpit, the First 35 Carbon Edition can be raced with a crew of four.

Mainsheet

Moving forward of the helm is the deck mounted mainsheet traveler and end-boom mainsheet. The mainsheet runs forward along both sides of the boom and turns down to the deck and back to dedicated port and starboard sheet winches so it can be trimmed from either side. There is ample space for the main trimmer and even convenient foot bracing points on deck. Continuing forward are Harken headsail sheet winches and a traditional “pit” for halyards and various control lines led aft to coach roof winches.

Beneteau First 35 Carbon Edition deck layout
The deck layout features a large open transom cockpit with dedicated areas for the helmsperson, main trimmer, headsail trimmer and pit person. All running rigging leads to the respective cockpit position, allowing the boat to be raced with a four person crew.

Rigging

The Beneteau First 35 Carbon Edition features a keel-stepped, double spreader, fractionally rigged carbon fiber mast from Hall Spars with a glossy clear coat finish. The clear finish saves weight in fairing compound and paint and the look is sleek, complementing the design style of the boat. The boom is a matching black aluminum spar. Forward, another Carbon Edition feature is the black carbon retractable bow sprit for setting an asymmetrical spinnaker. In keeping with the carbon look, it also shaves off critical weight at the bow.

Beneteau First 35 Carbon Edition profile shot
Beneteau First 35 Carbon Edition rigging profile. Both the mast and the bow sprit are made of carbon fiber.

The fractional carbon rig promotes stellar upwind performance from a 446 sq. ft. (41 sq. m) mainsail along with a smaller 334 sq. ft. (31 sq. m), 108% headsail which in turn allows the boat to easily race with a smaller crew. Off the wind easy handling is afforded by the asymmetric spinnaker tacked to the carbon sprit pole and controlled from the cockpit. A traditional symmetrical spinnaker and pole is an available option for downwind purists who prefer to race with additional foredeck crew.All stays are rod except the PBO kevlar backstay which has non-stretch properties and is light.

Beneteau First 35 Carbon Edition sailing shot
A powerful fractional Hall Spars carbon rig moves the First 35 Carbon Edition upwind.
Beneteau First 35 Carbon Edition bow sprit
The retractable carbon bow sprit deployed for flying an asymmetric spinnaker.
Beneteau First 35 Carbon Edition assymetric set
Off the wind with an asymmetric set from the standard retractable carbon sprit pole.

Interior layout

Below deck, Italian firm Nauta Design has added modern European styled flair to a fairly traditional accommodation plan by using increasingly popular blond Alpi teak for the woodwork and cabinetry throughout. Alpi is a very durable, eco-friendly, manufactured wood alternative that we like and are seeing in more and more boats these days. Not only does it look good, but it’s practical from a maintenance standpoint on a race boat.

Beneteau First 35 Carbon Edition v berth
Forward V berth seen through double doors in the main bulkhead.

Starting forward is a double V berth, two hanging lockers and several storage compartments in the forward stateroom accessed via double doors in the main salon bulkhead. Long, thin, fixed port lights in the hull on each side let in plenty of light and an overhead deck hatch adds fresh air.

Beneteau First 35 Carbon Edition salon
The traditional, symmetrical salon layout looking forward. Double doors in the main bulkhead lead to the forward berth and the keel stepped black carbon mast adds a nice contrast to the blond Alpi teak woodwork. The center table lowers to ease movement of gear through the cabin.

The Salon

Moving aft into the salon are symmetrical port and starboard settees with cupboard storage above. A focal point in the salon is the glossy carbon mast stepped on the keel just forward of the dining table. The clear coating on the spar allows one to appreciate the intricate weave of the carbon spar and is an elegant reminder that they are aboard a special Carbon Edition yacht. The salon table drops down to minimize its height when not in use and to facilitate moving sails or other gear throughout the interior. A large centerline hatch above the table introduces abundant light and air to the salon in addition to six opening port lights in the coach roof.

Beneteau First 35 Carbon Edition interior
An aft facing view of the Beneteau First 35 Carbon Edition’s interior. The galley is to port and the navigation station is to starboard.
Beneteau First 35 Carbon Edition navigation station
The large navigation station and desk as well as the Raymarine “a series” MFD flush-mounted above. Note the large wet head aft.

Navigation Station

Aft of the settees to starboard is a generous sized navigation station for a boat in this class. Here the Raymarine “a series” Wi-Fi enabled MFD is flush mounted in a panel outboard to starboard along with the ship's main electrical panel. The desk features a lid that lifts up to 90-degrees and then drops down into the desk for storage, revealing an area perfect for a laptop and a connection to the navigation instrumentation is provided.This desk also features a top opening bottle locker and a small recessed cubby for stowing numerous small items that sailors always seem to need close at hand. We really like the fold away stool at the navigation desk which is convenient because it allows for a proper seat to work at the desk and then neatly stows out of the way to make for easy access to the large wet head just aft of the navigation area.A large sail locker is aft of the head but is accessible only from the top opening hatch in the starboard cockpit bench.

Beneteau First 35 Carbon Edition galley
The galley with access to the port aft cabin in the background. Note the non-skid companionway stairs and sturdy grab bars.

Galley

Opposite the navigation area and aft of the port settee is a functional galley featuring all the amenities needed from a top loading refrigerator/icebox, single stainless sink, a two-burner range/oven and even a concealed trash bin beneath the sink. Aft of the galley is another double bunk in the port stateroom beneath the cockpit complete with hanging locker and storage.

The companionway

between the navigation station and galley features nicely inclined stairs with wide non-slip treads with the outboard edges angled upwards for standing on while heeled and robust grab rails. Behind the stairs and with good servicing access is the 29-hp Yanmar Auxiliary with Sail drive and a 2-blade folding propeller.

Beneteau First 35 Carbon Edition floor plan
The Beneteau First 35 Carbon Edition's floor plan.

Notable Features

Beneteau has equipped the First 35 Carbon Edition with Raymarine wireless electronics essential to racing performance. In the cockpit are two multi-function units to display data such as speed, depth and wind information.

Beneteau First 35 Carbon Edition display
The standard wireless Raymarine display in the cockpit of the First 35 Carbon Edition.
Beneteau First 35 Carbon Edition twin displays
Twin large readout Raymarine maxi displays are provided at the mast as standard on the First 35 Carbon Edition with carbon bezels in keeping with the design theme of the boat.

Electronics

Forward, at the base of the mast are two more remotely controlled maxi displays capable of displaying any user selected data on the network. Below at the navigation station is a Raymarine “a series” Wi-Fi enabled multifunction touch screen chartplotter and a connection for a laptop. The First 35 Carbon Edition lacks a convenient location for a cockpit mounted multifunction chart display, but with the Wi-Fi feature on the Raymarine “a series” enabled, the crew will be able to utilize ubiquitous mobile devices including phones and tablets to connect wirelessly to chart and sailing data via Raymarine connected apps. And for the sailor who demands additional electronics or varying options, the Raymarine “a series” and wireless instrument system is infinitely customizable. Finally, we noted that a VHF radio is listed as optional equipment for this boat; we think it should be standard.

Observations

The Beneteau First 35 Carbon Edition is a serious contender worthy of consideration in the mid 30’ (9.14 m) racing yacht class. With her standard level of construction, fit-and-finish accented by the performance and understated elegance of the Carbon Edition options, she is ready to sail away for the race course.

Test Result Highlights

  • Top speed for the Beneteau First 35 Carbon Edition (2015-) is 8.6 Knots.
  • Tested power is 1 x 29-hp Yanmar diesel.

Marine Electronics

Autopilot Optional
VHF Radio Optional

Systems

Battery Charger/Converter Standard
Head: Fixed Standard
Shore Power Standard
Water Heater Standard
Windlass Optional

Galley

Stove Standard

Exterior Features

Ice Chest Standard
Outlet: 12-Volt Acc Standard
Swim Ladder Standard
Transom Shower Standard

Warranty

Full Warranty Information on this brand coming soon!

Test Results

Test Under Sail

Apparent Wind Angle (AWA) Apparent Wind Speed (AWS) Knots True Wind Speed Knots Boat Speed (BS) Knots
° 40 6.4
° 50 7.1
° 160 7.3
° 60 7.5
° 70 7.8
° 150 7.8
° 80 8.0
° 90 8.2
° 140 8.2
° 130 8.4
° 100 8.4
° 110 8.6
° 120 8.6

Test Power: 1 x 29-hp Yanmar diesel

Top speed under engine power N/A
Sound level at top speed N/A

Note: Sailboat performance is contingent on many factors beyond the scope of our simple sailing exercise. Nevertheless, the speeds recorded here at different points of sail can give a relative indication of the boat's performance in the conditions identified and with the crew involved.