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.
|671.0 sq. ft.|
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″|
|Fuel Capacity||300 Gallons|
|Water Capacity||300 Gallons|
|Sail Area 100%
|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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