First 285
Fin keel

Offer more performance and comfort, than the concurrency, is the challenge of First 285. It is equipped for the performance with a bulb keel and a 9/10 rigging, and for comfort: good headroom and a clean finish of the accommodation. The result is a homogeneous boat, not as fast as it would have us believe, but comfortable and seaworthy.

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Main Features

ModelFirst 285
VersionFin keel
Sailboat typeCruising-racing monohull
DesignerJean Marie Finot
Pascal Conq
Building years (first/last)1987 / 1992
Number built451
PredecessorBénéteau First 29
SuccessorBénéteau First 310
Regulation2eme Cat 6/9 pers
ConstructionMonolithic fiberglass/polyester
Appendage typeFin with bulb
Ballast typeCast iron
Rudder bladeSingle under hull rudder
RudderSingle tiller
Main dimensions
Length over all28.8 ft
Hull length27.2 ft
Waterline length24.3 ft
Beam over all9.8 ft
Draft5.3 ft
Mast height39.9 ft
Light displacement5401 lbs
Ballast1764 lbs

Rig and sails

Rig typeFractional Sloop (9/10)
MastDeck stepped mast
Rig materialMast and boom in Aluminum
Standing rigging material1x19 strand wire
Number of rows of spreader1
Spreader angle5.00 °
Spinnaker typeSymmetrical spinnaker
Upwind sailarea455 ft²
Downwind sailarea845 ft²
Mainsail area199 ft²
Genoa area256 ft²
Jib area144 ft²
Spinnaker area646 ft²

PMainsail hoist measurement (from tack to head)

31.2 ft

EMainsail foot measurement (from tack to clew)

11.1 ft

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

32.5 ft

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

10.3 ft


Wetted surface177 ft²
Transverse section maximum surface8 ft²
Righting moment @ 1°61 lbs/ft
Ballast ratio32.7 %
Upwind sailarea / displacement185.8 ft²/Ton
Downwind sailarea / displacement344.9 ft²/Ton
HN (French rating)15.0

Auxiliary engine

Type1 x 2001
Engine power1 x 9 hp
Power max (optional)1 x 18 hp
Fuel capacity7.1 gal
Fuel typeDiesel
Transmission typeShaft-line
Propeller typeTwo-blade propeller


Number of cabin2
Number of berth6
Number of shower room1
Fresh water capacity26.4 gal
Headroom max6.3 ft
Headroom kitchen6.1 ft
Headroom shower room5.7 ft
Headroom6.1 ft
Table dimensions2.7 x 3.0 x 2.8 ft
Length of berth5.2 ft
Width of berth*1.6 ft
Fore cabin
Headroom5.4 ft
Length of berth6.9 ft
Width of berth*5.4 ft
Aft cabin
Headroom5.8 ft
Length of berth6.2 ft
Width of berth*4.6 / 3.1 ft
*Maximal width : at head

Based on specification1988

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