KATE'S KABOOSE | 1988 Beneteau First 285 sloop

Brockville, ON, CA


KATES KABOOSE is a stunning 1988 29 ft. Beneteau First 285 fractional rig sloop.The first 285 is nice sailing yacht with a traditional aft cockpit with excellent room and a hefty sail locker to starboard. The fractional rig is tall for a 29-footer, but easily handled with a Furlex roller furler and all halyards and sheets lead aft. The winged keel and skeg rudder are nicely balanced to give additional lift to windward, where this boat outshines most others. Downwind the shallow bilges and light weight delivers thoroughbred performance. Her coach roof and foredeck are clear and clean, including a sensible self-draining anchor locker, a Stainless Steel bow pulpit with anchor roller, and sturdy life lines leading all the way aft to the Stainless Steel stern pulpits. An innovation you do not often see on smaller sailing yachts, but just as you would expect from Beneteau, there is a convenient swim platform molded into the transom, with, of course, a swim ladder.

Below is where the French influence is most prevalent. In this 29-foot boat there is 6 2 headroom and comfortable sleeping accommodation for two in the forward cabin and two in the very spacious after stateroom. An additional two adults can sleep on the very adequate salon settees. Beautifully paneled in a light wood with two cabin hatches as well as opening ports, the interior is light and airy. The galley is to port with a proper sink, pressure hot and cold water, a manual raw water pump, open counter space, top loading icebox, and a propane stove and oven (not installed as the owners prefer to use their portable butane cooktop). Opposite to starboard is a navigation center with the traditional chart top. The drop leaf table is centerline with comfortable settee/berths to either side. Aft to starboard is the compact head with a marine head and a telephone shower head. Opposite is a good sized hanging locker. The forward v-berths fills in for a traditional double berth, two cabin hatches and opening ports provide plenty of ventilation.

The engine is a 2002B Volvo 18 hp diesel mounted under the bridge deck and enjoys easy access to all sides and ends through removable panels.

KATES KABOOSE is in really excellent condition, a true testament to the owners who have had her since new. She boasts a full cockpit enclosure, custom winter cover, still crispy sails from 2013, a furling jib and a full-battened loose-footed main. She was refitted in 2016 by The Custom Yacht Builder in Whitby, Ontario. They removed all fittings and Awlgripped her hull and decks, epoxy barrier coated her undersides and replaced the liners in her head, v-berth and aft cabin.


  • Length: 29ft
  • Builder: Beneteau USA
  • Beam: 9' 9"
  • Draft: 3' 11"
  • Year: 1988
  • Displacement: 6160 lbs
  • Hull: Fiberglass
  • Speed: 7
  • Status: Active

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  • Builder: Beneteau USA
  • Designer: Jean Marie Finot (Groupe Finot)
  • Keel: Winged Keel


  • Length Overall: 28.5 ft
  • Length Waterline: 24.25 ft
  • Max Draft: 3' 11"
  • Displacement: 6160 lb
  • Ballast Weight Measure: 2115 lb
  • Cabin Head room measure: 6' 2"
  • Beam Measure: 9' 9"


  • Total Power: 18
  • Engine Brand: Volvo
  • Year Built: 1988
  • Engine Model: 2002B - Closed Cooling
  • Engine Type: Inboard
  • Engine/Fuel Type: Diesel
  • Engine Hours: 850
  • Engine Power: 18 hp


  • Fresh Water Tanks: 1 (35 Gallons)
  • Fuel Tanks: 1 (20 Gallons)


  • Number of cabins: 2
  • Number of heads: 1

General Equipment

  • Anchor: Bruce
  • Anchor Chain: 30 feet
  • Anchor Rode: 100 feet
  • Batteries: 2
  • Battery Charger
  • Battery Parallel Switch
  • Battery Switch Vapor Proof
  • Bilge Pumps: 1 Manual
  • Boarding Ladder
  • Bow Rail
  • Bow Roller
  • Storage Cradle
  • Fenders: 4
  • Fenders Covers: 4
  • Head: Manual
  • Heater: Portable
  • Hot Water Heater: Electric and Engine Loop
  • Pressured Water
  • Screens on Hatches and Ports
  • Shore Power Inlets: 1
  • Shore Power Amps: 30 amps
  • Shore Power Cord Length: 25 feet
  • Swim Platform: Sugar Scoop transom
  • Survey Year: 2022
  • Teak and Holly Cabin Sole


  • BBQ
  • Icebox
  • 2-burner Stove with Oven: not currently installed

Safety Equipment

  • Boat Hook
  • Carbon Monoxide Detectors: 3
  • Fire Extinguishers: 2
  • Life Ring
  • Life Jackets: 6
  • Radar Reflector


  • Chart-Plotter: Raymarine C90
  • Compass on Binnacle
  • Depth Sounder: Datamarine
  • Knot Meter: Datamarine
  • Wind Speed Indicator: Raymarine i60
  • AM/FM/Cassette Stereo
  • VHF with DSC
  • VHF Handheld
  • 40 watt solar panel on bimini

Canvas Info

  • Colour: Navy Blue in very good condition
  • Dodger
  • Bimini
  • Mainsail Cover
  • Cockpit Enclosure
  • Cockpit Cushions
  • Winter Cover

Sails and Rigging

  • Keel Type: Wing
  • Rig: 7/8 Fractional Sloop
  • Spar Material: Aluminum
  • Rigging: SS Wire
  • Mainsail: Full Battened Loose Footed FX Sails Main new in 2013
  • Traveler: on coachroof
  • Headsail: 135% FX Sails Jib new in 2013
  • Roller Furling: Furlex
  • Whisker Pole
  • Back Stay Adjuster
  • Boom Vang
  • Topping Lift
  • Emergency Tiller
  • Snatch Blocks
  • Winches Standard: 2 x Lewmar #8 halyard winches
  • Winches Self-Tailing: 2 x Lewmar #30ST primary winches
  • Winch Handles: 2
  • Wheel Steering


The Company 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. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.


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KATE'S KABOOSE | Beneteau First 285 sloop 29ft

CAD$ 45,000

Brockville, ON, CA

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