The Beneteau First 38s5 was introduced in 1989 and continued in production until 1995,with 120 hulls completed. The design was a collaboration of designers Jean Berret and Philippe Starck, who designed the interior.
Jean Berret, who was responsible for the hull and rig, designed what was to become one of Beneteau’s most successful fractional rigs. The design he achieved created a very fast boat that could be raced competitively and yet easily handled by a cruising couple. The 38s5 handles responsively in all wind conditions, from light to heavy air, close hauled, on a reach or down wind.
The hull of the 38s5 is constructed of solid GRP laminates. The integrated GRP grid system is bonded into the hull and used to transfer the rig loads evenly throughout the hull structure. The decks are composite, with a variety of core materials in different areas and have radiused transitions from the house top to the deck and non-skid over the entire house and deck surface. The interior makes extensive use of GRP liners, with pre-cut and fabricated modules. The bulkheads are all bonded 360 degrees into both the hull and deck, which results in a light but extremely rigid structure.
All halyards and sail controls are led aft to the cockpit and concealed under fiberglass panels so that there is nothing to foul or trip over. The grab rails are recessed into the cabin top as well, so they are out of the way and not trip hazards while working on deck. Ten line clutches keep the winches free to use as you choose.
The unique interior, designed by Philippe Starck, is a wonderful contrast of mahogany, marble counters and aluminum trim. Spacious and attractive, the two private staterooms/ two head interior provide the comforts cruisers want. There is good storage, a well thought out galley and plenty of privacy for owners and guests.
Sleek and stylish, the Beneteau 38s5 offers the perfect blend of performance, comfort, and style in a manner that is sure to satisfy the racer at heart as well as the practical cruiser.
If you are looking for a boat with great sailing performance, the creature comforts you don’t normally expect on a race boat and at an affordable price, TRANSPOSITION is worthy of your own personal inspection. Call and make an appointment to see her before she is gone!
Forward stateroom:Starting forward is a 6’5” x 60” x 14” v-berth, with lots of storage beneath it. Along the hull sides is a padded liner. Fiddled shelves run the length of both hullsides and have mahogany sliding door fronts. On starboard is a night stand with double mirrored doors above and double doors beneath; both with shelves inside. Lighting and ventilation provided by an overhead hatch with shade, an opening port, one overhead light, two reading lights and a 12V fan. Head Room is 5’11”.
Forward Head: The ensuite head is located on port in the forward cabin. The full fiberglass enclosure makes for easy wipe down. The head is directly in front as you enter, with the round sink to the right. There is a locker beneath the sink and a mirrored locker above. There is a fold-down shower seat over the head. Along the hull is a mirrored locker with shelves. Lighting and ventilation is provided by an overhead hatch and an overhead light. Headroom is 5’11”.
Saloon:The saloon area is quite spacious and has comfortable seating for 6-8 people. The mahogany dinette table is on center and a drop-leaf with a herringbone pattern. There is bottle storage accessed through the top of the table. The opposing settees have ergonomically designed seating for good back support. Beneath each settee is a water tank, while above and behind are fiddled shelves and top loading storage bins. There is shelving with sliding doors above them running the full-length of the saloon, nav and galley. Lighting and ventilation for these areas are provided by six opening ports, three dorade vents, two 12v fans, three overhead lights and a reading light. Headroom is 6’2”.
Nav station: Located on starboard, the nav station has a round pedestal seat. The chart table is large enough to easily accommodate a chart book and has generous storage beneath it. Additionally, at the end there is a peninsula end fiddled counter area and a locker beneath it with shelves. Electronics and electrical panels are outboard and within easy reach. Headroom is 6’1”.
Galley: The L-shaped galley is located on port at the base of the companionway. the peninsula shaped counter has tall fiddles that provide great handholds and two deep round stainless steel sinks. There is a curved swing out door for the trash bin on the end of the peninsula beneath the outer sink; the other sink has a pull-out wire rack storage unit beneath it. There is a tip front silverware holder on the dinette side, where you need it. The large refrigerated icebox, approximately 6 cubic feet, between the sink and the hullside. Moving around along the hullside is the stove and oven, with bin storage beneath it for pots and pans. Above the stove is another shelf area for miscellaneous items. The locker above that has peg storage for dishware organization. Headroom in the galley area is 6’1”.
Aft Head: The aft head is located on starboard at the base of the companionway. Upon entering, there is a large radiused countertop with a sink along the hullside; a curved grab bar goes in front of that for safety underway. There is a locker beneath the sink and cubbies on either side with fiddled shelves. Above the counter and behind the sink is a shelf nook with a stainless fiddle and a small round port above it. On either side of that are mirrored door lockers. The toilet is at the aft end of the space and has a fiberglass shower seat that can be lowered down over it. A wet locker with a fiddled shelf above it are along the hull by the head and aft of the sink counter. Lighting and ventilation provided by one fixed light, one opening port and one overhead fluorescent light. Headroom 5’9”.
Aft Stateroom: As you enter the aft cabin there is a full height hanging locker with a fiddled shelf above it, a changing seat and then another locker aft of that. Above the changing seat are two shelves, with a small opening port above them. At 77” x 68” x 50” the berth is quite spacious. There is a sloped padded back rest in the area behind the engine box with a shelf behind it. Lighting and ventilation are provided a curved housetop light and two opening ports. Additionally, there are 2 smaller halogen lights and an overhead light. Headroom is 5’10”.
Owner’s personal effects and any items not specifically described in this listing
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