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1990 Beneteau First 285

Beaulieu, Hampshire


Ladybird is a shoal winged keel version of the popular Beneteau First 285 performance cruiser. Ladybird herself has never been raced ( she has no spinnaker gear ) and is in lovely condition for a 1990 boat. Interior joinery, cushions and mattresses are all excellent. 18hp Volvo inboard diesel engine with shaft drive and 2 blade propeller. ( Engine overhauled and serviced in 2020.) Hull just antifouled. Replacement Lewmar hatches, tinted portlights and windows have just been fitted making her ready for the season ahead.

Basic Boat Info

Tax Status: Paid
Boat Name: Ladybird
Make: Beneteau
Model: First 285
Year: 1990
Condition: Used
Category: Sail
Builder: Beneteau
Designer: Jean-Marie Finot
Construction: Fiberglass
Keel Type: Winged Keel


Length: 28'2 ft / 8.58 m
Length Overall: 28'2 ft / 8.58 m
Beam: 9'10 ft / 3.00 m
Max Draft: 3'11 ft / 1.20 m

Engines / Speed

Engines: 1
  • Fuel: Diesel


Fuel Tanks: 1
Fuel Tank Capacity: 40 L
Water Tanks: 1
Water Tank Capacity: 70 L


Heads Count: 1
Boat Class: Racers and Cruisers


William Rhys-Jones
BH Boat Sales


BH Boat Sales
BH Boat Sales Bucklers Hard Yacht Harbour
Beaulieu, Hampshire, GB, SO42 7XB
Tel:+44 (0)1590 616316


LOA: 28'2" (8.58m) 
Beam: 9'10" (3.00m)
Max Draft: 3'8" (1.2m)


White GRP hull and superstructure.Tiller steering.Shoal wing keel.


Volvo 2002 18hp diesel. Shaft Drive. 2 bladed propeller, fixed. Engine overhauled and serviced in 2020. New exhaust and battery fitted at the same time.


Main, in good condition.

Furling Genoa, in good condition.

Spare non-furling headsail, in reasonable condition.

Sprayhood, in good condition.


Aluminium mast and boom.

2 x Lewmar 30ST and 2 x Lewmar 16.Winch handle.

6 berths in 2 cabins and the saloon.

Heads compartment with Jabsco WC, basin and pressurised cold water.

Galley with gas oven with 2 ring hob ( in good condition ), large coolbox and sink with pressurised cold water.


Plastimo compass

Digital depth and log in cockpit.


20lb CQR anchor, chain, warp.

Horseshoe lifebuoy, new 2020.

Back stay tensioner

Tiller extension

Whisper pole

2x boat hooks

Masthead VHF aerial and lead to chart table.

Large cockpit locker

2 x gas cylinders

Main halyard lead aft to the cockpit

New mainsheet (2020 )

New Kicker ( 2020 )

Antifouled ( 2021 )

Boarding ladder on transom

Warps and fenders.


Ladybird is in good condition for her age, especially her interior mattresses and woodwork. Only 2 owners from new. Solent sailing only, never raced. Great sailing performance for the size of yacht. Rates well for club races and Round The Island, if you do wish to race. There is an active local Beneteau Owners Association. Ready to sail away.


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