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Brief Summary

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
  • Specifications

    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.

    Engine Options

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

    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.

    Performance Chart

    Performance Chart

    Acceleration Times & Test Conditions

    Time To Plane
    0 to 30
    Ratio
    Props
    Load 4 people aboard; 720 lbs.
    Climate Steady 13-18 knots w/ smooth water

    Captain's Report

    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.

    Standard and Optional Features

    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!

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