First 35S5
Lead keel

The First 35S5 is the first sailboat designed by the trio: Jean Berret, Philippe Stark and Bénéteau. This is a boat innovative and high range: carbon fiber tiller, ROD rigging and interior combining marble, mahogany and aluminum. The forms are also modern with the kitchen well-rounded or zenithal portholes hosting the handrail.

The hull forms are inspired by Tonner, First 35S5 is relatively light but little ballasted. With all these arguments the First 35S5 marks the spirits at launch and won the title of the boat for the year.

See the First 35S5's specifications on

Main Features

ModelFirst 35S5
VersionLead keel
Sailboat typeCruising-racing monohull
DesignerJean Berret
Building years (first/last)1988 / 1991
Number built438
PredecessorFirst 345
SuccessorFirst 35S7
Regulation1ere cat. 6/8 pers
ConstructionGlass fiber/polyester, monolithic hull, sandwich deck
Appendage typeTrapezoidal keel
Ballast typeLead
Rudder bladeSingle under hull rudder
RudderSingle tiller
Main dimensions
Length over all35.4 ft
Hull length34.8 ft
Waterline length29.4 ft
Beam over all11.8 ft
Draft6.2 ft
Mast height51.7 ft
Light displacement11464 lbs
Ballast4189 lbs

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 sailarea726 ft²
Downwind sailarea1082 ft²
Mainsail area361 ft²
Genoa area365 ft²
Spinnaker area722 ft²

PMainsail hoist measurement (from tack to head)

42.7 ft

EMainsail foot measurement (from tack to clew)

15.1 ft

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

41.7 ft

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

11.2 ft

LLGenoa hoist measurement (from tack to head)

41.8 ft

LPGenoa perpendicular measurement from clew to luff.

17.5 ft

SLSymmetrical spinnaker hoist measurement (from tack to head)

41.1 ft

SMWSymmetrical spinnaker width

21.0 ft


Wetted surface243 ft²
Transverse section maximum surface11 ft²
Prismatic coefficient0.551
Righting moment @ 1°149 lbs/ft
Righting moment @ 30°3981 lbs/ft
Righting moment max (kg/m)5347 @ 54.00 °
Ballast ratio36.5 %
Upwind sailarea / displacement139.6 ft²/Ton
Downwind sailarea / displacement208.2 ft²/Ton
HN (French rating)21.5

Auxiliary engine

Type1 x 2002
Engine power1 x 18 hp
Power max (optional)1 x 28 hp
Fuel capacity18.5 gal
Fuel typeDiesel
Transmission typeShaft-line
Propeller typeTwo-blade folding propeller as an option


Number of cabin (max./min.)3 / 2
Number of berth (max./min.)8 / 6
Number of shower room1
Fresh water capacity68.7 gal
Fridge/cooler capacity25.1 gal
Headroom max6.2 ft
Fore cabin
Length of berth7.2 ft
Width of berth*5.7 ft
Aft cabin
Length of berth7.2 ft
Width of berth*5.2 ft
*Maximal width : at head

Based on specification1990

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