With new engine, gearbox and nav. gear in 2016 and new rig in 2014 she is very much up to date and ready to go. Built during Beneteau’s prime when the yachts were somewhat more expensive and very much hand-built. With her sweet and forgiving hull lines, safe cockpit configuration, excellent two-cabin, 2-heads layout and manageable rig, she would be ideal for all disciplines from coastal cruising, to ARC adventures, and even club racing for those so inclined. Now ashore for the winter she is ready and raring for a new owner.
In the last 7 years I have owned and sailed on numerous boats from Jeanneau’s to Swan’s to Contessa 32’s and I can honestly say that the First 405 is one of my favorites. Not only are her lines pleasing to the eye, but she sails like a dream and will always look after you in big weather. Although some 25 years old the build construction surpasses that of more modern yachts and retains a lovely cosy feel below decks.
She is the preferred vessel in my fleet of boats and one which the Instructors wish to sail most. I will miss her.