First 32S5
Lead keel

The First 32S5 was presented one year after the First 35S5, the recipe stay the same Jean Berret for technical aspects, Philippe Stark for design and Bénéteau for construction. The objective is always to offer a performance sailboat, comfortable and luxurious. Inside the difference with the contemporary models is obvious, the mahogany contrast with white upholstery and reinforced by a touch of aluminium.

On deck, the fitting is of quality and well-sized, a series of details such as flush chain-plates emphasizes the care brought to the boat. The mast is held by two sets of spreaders and standing rigging in single-wire (Rod). 3 drafts were available small draft (with a wing keel), deep draft and Regatta with a lead keel.

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Main Features

ModelFirst 32S5
VersionLead keel
Sailboat typeCruising-racing monohull
DesignerJean Berret
Building years (first/last)1989 / 1993
Number built≈280
PredecessorBénéteau First 325
Regulation2eme 6 pers.
ConstructionFiberglass/polyester, monolithic hull, honeycomb sandwich deck
Appendage typeTrapezoidal keel
Ballast typeLead
Rudder bladeSingle under hull rudder
RudderSingle tiller (helm wheel in option)
Main dimensions
Length over all32.5 ft
Hull length31.8 ft
Waterline length27.9 ft
Beam over all10.8 ft
Waterline beam8.5 ft
Fore freeboard3.7 ft
Middle freeboard3.1 ft
Draft5.9 ft
Mast height48.9 ft
Light displacement9259 lbs
Full load displacement11244 lbs
Ballast2976 lbs
French customs tonnage8.65 Tx

Rig and sails

Rig typeFractional Sloop (7/8)
Rig materialMast and boom in Aluminum
Number of rows of spreader2
Spreader anglePushing
Spinnaker typeSymmetrical spinnaker
Upwind sailarea602 ft²
Downwind sailarea936 ft²
Mainsail area301 ft²
Genoa area300 ft²
Spinnaker area635 ft²

PMainsail hoist measurement (from tack to head)

38.9 ft

EMainsail foot measurement (from tack to clew)

13.8 ft

IFore triangle height (from mast foot to fore stay attachement)

38.7 ft

JFore triangle base (from mast foot to bottom of forestay)

10.3 ft

LLGenoa hoist measurement (from tack to head)

38.7 ft

LPGenoa perpendicular measurement from clew to luff.

15.5 ft

SLSymmetrical spinnaker hoist measurement (from tack to head)

38.0 ft

SMWSymmetrical spinnaker width

20.1 ft


Wetted surface229 ft²
Transverse section maximum surface13 ft²
Prismatic coefficient0.543
Righting moment @ 1°112 lbs/ft
Righting moment @ 30°2438 lbs/ft
Righting moment max (kg/m)3319 @ 50.00 °
Ballast ratio32.1 %
Upwind sailarea / displacement143.3 ft²/Ton
Downwind sailarea / displacement222.9 ft²/Ton
HN (French rating)18.5

Auxiliary engine

Power max (optional)1 x 28 hp
Fuel capacity17.2 gal
Fuel typeDiesel
Transmission typeShaft-line


Number of cabin2
Number of berth6
Number of shower room1
Fresh water capacity39.6 gal
Fridge/cooler capacity19.8 gal
Headroom max6.3 ft
Headroom kitchen6.1 ft
Headroom shower room5.9 ft
Headroom6.1 ft
Table dimensions3.7 x 2.9 ft
Length of berth6.2 ft
Width of berth*2.0 / 2.0 ft
Fore cabin
Headroom5.8 ft
Length of berth6.6 ft
Width of berth*5.2 / 1.0 ft
Aft cabin
Headroom5.9 ft
Length of berth6.6 ft
Width of berth*5.4 / 4.6 ft
Catwalk width1.7 ft
*Maximal width : at head

Based on specification1990

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