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23' Beneteau First 23.5 - 1988

23' Beneteau First 23.5

Fast Coastal Cruiser / Racer Boat

  • Boat Name: Carol Rae
  • Year: 1988
  • Current Price: US$ 14,900
  • Located in Dana Point, CA
  • Hull Material: Fiberglass
  • Engine/Fuel Type: Single Gas
  • YW# 75646-3528411

Additional Specs, Equipment and Information:

Boat Name
Carol Rae

Keel: Fin

LOA: 23 ft 3 in
Beam: 8 ft 2 in
LWL: 20 ft 3 in
Minimum Draft: 3 ft 8 in
Ballast: 825 lbs
Headroom: 5 ft 5 in
Dry Weight: 2826 lbs

Total Power: 9.8 HP

Engine 1:
Engine Brand: Tohatsu
Engine Model: 9.8
Engine Type: Outboard
Engine/Fuel Type: Gas/Petrol
Engine Power: 9 HP

Cruising Speed: 6 knots @ 2800 RPM
Maximum Speed: 6 knots

Fresh Water Tanks: 1 Plastic (15 Gallons)
Fuel Tanks: 1 (10 Gallons)
Holding Tanks: 1 Plastic (10 Gallons)

Number of double berths: 2
Number of heads: 1
Seating Capacity: 4

VHF - West Marine VHF480
Log-speedometer - Lowarance 5
Compass - Plastimo / Mini Contest
Depthsounder - Lowrance Chart Plotter w/ depth
Plotter - Lowrnace 5 / Magellan Explorist 500 Hand Held on swing
Autopilot - Autohelm ST1000 like new

Battened mainsail
Furling genoa


Inside Equipment
Battery charger

Outside Equipment/Extras
Outboard engine brackets

Mainsail cover
Genoa cover

  • Tohatsu 9.8 HP Outboard (Low hours)
  • The engine was pulled when not being used so it would not receive sun / weather or water damage.

  • LOA: 23.33
  • LWL: 20.25
  • Beam: 8.17
  • Sail Area: 240 ft
  • Draft: 3.8 ft
  • Displacement: 2,826 lbs
  • Ballast: 825 lbs
  • Fiberglass Construction
  • First Build: 1986 / Last Build: 1991
  • Number build: 680

Coastal Cruiser / Racer

Clean small sailing yacht. Owner has upgrade almost every component. New "Roller Fuller" foresail, New Autopilot, New Stove. Great electronics. This is must see.  

Within this shape Finot worked his magic; and the resulting room rivals much larger boats. Only the lack of true standing headroom (a still very respectable 5.5 foot) reminds you this boat is only 23.5 feet long. With her dual double berths, full galley and enclosed marine head, she is a proper little yacht.

Additional Information
  • All you'd expect from a yacht is yours in the First 235, making sailing easy in this racer/cruiser perfect for family fun or keen local racing.

    Just try and find another boat this size with all these big boat features that are worthy of praise by the most experienced sailor: Topsides, you'll appreciate the big, strong bow fitting; the anchor roller and anchor locker; a real toe rail for strength and safety; oversized mooring cleats; roller chocks (pioneered by Beneteau), and a high-quality Harken mainsheet, boom vang, and backstay adjuster.
  • Included:
  • Roller Fuller (Added by Owner
  • Lazy Jacks (Added by Owner
  • Premium Tiller Autopilot
  • Built in Charger for Batteries
  • 2 Gel Marine Batteries 12V
  • BBQ
  • Plumbed in Head with Holding Tank

  • The L-shaped galley fully equipped with a 2 burner stove on gimbals; fresh water sink and an ice box, hanging wet locker; and yes, even a private toilet compartment with marine head, which cleverly converts to a chart table/navigation station when you reposition sliding panels. She will sleep 4 in her stern berth and forward V-berth. 

  • Two burner "never used" stove
  • Ice / storage compartment
  • Fresh water sink

  • Fuel: 5 gal
  • water: 15 gal
  • Holding Tank: 10 gal


Mariner’s Yacht & Ship Brokerage, Inc. offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. All speeds, measurements, capacities, consumption, etc. may be approximate or estimated.  Specifications provided for information only.  Data was obtained from sources believed to be reliable and is not guaranteed by owner or brokers.  Buyer assumes the responsibility to ascertain the correctness of all data contained herein and otherwise provided and must instruct his agent and surveyors to confirm all details for accuracy prior to purchase. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice. All photographs, descriptions and technical data are the sole property of Mariner’s Yacht & Ship Brokerage, Inc. and may not be copied, reproduced or redistributed in part or in whole by any method without the express written consent of the Mariner’s Yacht & Ship Brokerage, Inc.

Owner's personal items are NOT included.

Contact Owner's Agent:
Steve Hughson
(714) 454-8662 or E-mail:

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