Sailing BoatsCruisersBeneteauFirst 29
Dawn is a sought-after lift keel version of the popular Beneteau First 29, with a shoal draft capable of taking the ground in appropriate anchorages, whilst still providing sparkling sailing performance. Offering a large cockpit and spacious interior for their class, they are often compared favourably to rivals like the Sadler 29 and Moody 28. Still in her original ownership from new, she has clearly been lightly used, well maintained, and is in good condition for her age. Viewing by appointment only through our Essex office - Phone number removed -
The Beneteau First 29 accommodation offers up to six berths in three cabins with approx. 6' max. headroom. Forecabin with V berth with infill, storage, and opening hatch to foredeck. Saloon laid out with settee berths either side of the central table with folding leaves. Galley aft to port equipped with a Bainbridge Neptune 4500 two-burner gas cooker with grill and oven (new 2016), sink with manually pumped water supply, coolbox, and further storage. Forward-facing chart table aft to starboard with electrical distribution panel and navigation equipment. Aft cabin to port with a double berth, seat, storage, and opening portlight. Heads compartment aft to starboard with a marine toilet (new seacock and skin fitting 2019), washbasin, and wet hanging locker. Teak cabinetry with teak and holly soleboards, and blue/grey upholstery with matching curtains.
Located abaft companionway, Volvo Penta MD2002 two-cylinder 18hp diesel engine. Seawater cooled. Single lever controls with electric start. 25L fuel capacity. Shaft drive via P-bracket to two-bladed propeller. The engine looks in very good cosmetic condition for its age, and has been regularly maintained by her retired engineer owner, with the last service carried out in May 2021.
2 x 12v Batteries (new 2017) charged via engine alternator. Shorepower system with ring mains and battery charger. Electrical distribution panel. Full cabin lighting.
Spars & Sails
Masthead rigged sloop. Silver anodised aluminium mast and boom. Stainless steel standing rigging with adjustable backstay. Terylene running rigging (replaced when required). Slab reefing mainsail with lazyjacks and stackpack. Sailspar headsail furling system. 2 x Barlow 21 sheet winches. 2 x Barlow 16 halyard winches. Single Barlow reefing winch on mast. Mainsail - Dolphin - 2017 - excellent (lightly used) Furling Genoa - Dolphin - good Cruising chute with snuffer - Gowens - very good
CQR anchor with chain and warp Blue sprayhood Blue mainsail cover (new 2017) Stainless steel transom boarding ladder Fenders and warps
Plastimo Contest bulkhead mounted compass (new 2018) Standard Horizon Explorer DSC VHF radio (new 2016) NASA Clipper depth sounder (new 2016) Stowe speed/log NASA Clipper wind instrument (requires attention/replacement) Garmin GPS120XL GPS navigation system Raymarine ST2000 tiller pilot Panasonic stereo CD player Hawk masthead VHF antenna (new 2016) Navigation lights including tricolour
Fireblanket Horseshoe lifebuoy Manual bilge pump
Beneteau First 29 built by Beneteau in 1986. White GRP hull, superstructure, and decks with moulded non-slip surfaces. Cast iron keel box with lifting keel (upgraded to new type lifting mechanism 2013). Tiller steering to twin spade hung rudders. Self-draining cockpit. Anodised aluminium toe rail. Dawn has clearly benefitted from regular careful maintenance, and has only been cruised locally for short seasons since new. As a result, although there are signs of her age in the windows and some areas below decks, she is in far better cosmetic condition than we usually ever see at this age. With these areas attended to, and upgrades to suit her next owners usage, in our opinion she is likely to be the best around.
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