1983 Beneteau First 38

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East Bridgewater, MA




                                                      **ANOTHER PRICE REDUCTION!**

The Beneteau First 38 was conceived as a fast racer/cruiser equally at home on the racecourse as she is heading off on a long range cruise with a family of six comfortably on board. HIGH TENSION has been meticulously maintained and updated by knowledgeable owners who have enjoyed this great sailboat for more than twenty five years, but are now reluctantly hanging up their sailing gloves and converting to a power boat, which they have already purchased. With a full inventory of recent sails, newer standing rigging and electronics, plus too much equipent to list here, HIGH TENSION is ready to launch and sail away on new adventures. Please don't hesitate to call and make an appointment to see her in person!

Broker Information

Having worked in the boating industry for over 35 years as a technician, rigger, sailing instructor, licensed captain and now as a yacht broker, I take great pride in drawing on my experience to help people buy and sell boats. As an avid cruiser and enthusiastic boat owner, I wiil strive to make the process enjoyable from start to finish Mark Barrett 508-241-6275 [email protected]


  • ModelFirst 38
  • Model Year1983
  • LOA40.17 ft
  • Beam12.83 ft
  • Engines Total Power45 hp
  • Number of Engines1
  • Engine BrandPerkins
  • Engine Model4-108
  • Engine TypeInboard
  • Engine Power45 horsepower
  • Engine Fuel Typediesel
  • Fresh Water Tanks80 gallon
  • Fuel Tanks27 gallon
  • Holding Tanks40 gallon

Beneteau First 38 Gallery

Rigging and Deck
  • Double Spreader Mast - Tall Rig Version w/ Storm Trysail Track
  • Hall Rigid Boom Vang
  • Upgraded Heavy Duty Boom Vang Fittings
  • Upgraded Heavy Duty Gooseneck
  • Upgraded 4-Part Tackle in Boom
  • Harken Traveller
  • Harken Headsail Furler
  • Spinnaker Pole
  • Reaching Strut
  • Standing Rigging Replaced (2013)
  • Solent Inner Forestay Added (2014)
  • Inner Forestay Keeper at Mast
  • Johnson Inner Forestay Tensioner
  • (2) Kevlar Check Stays
  • Hydraulic Backstay Adjuster
  • (5) Lewmar 40 Self-Tailing 2-Speed Winches
  • (2) Lewmar 56 Self-Tailing Primary Winches
  • 35 Lbs. CQR Anchor
  • 150 ft. 5/16 Chain to 250 ft. Nylon Anchor Rode
  • Lewmar Electric Anchor Windlass
Sails and Canvas
  • Mainsail w/ Two Full Battens at Top
  • Spare Mainsail
  • Storm Trysail
  • Storm Jib - "Gale Sail"
  • 91% Heavy Weather Jib
  • 150% Roller Furling Genoa #1
  • 140% Roller Furling Genoa #2
  • Asymmetric Spinnaker
  • Symmetric Spinnaker
  • ATN Spinnaker Sock
  • ATN Tacker Spinnaker Cuff and Block
  • Spray Dodger w/ Removable Side Curtains
  • Bimini
  • Dodger-Bimini Connector
  • Mast-to-Backstay Sun Shade
  • Raymarine Axiom Pro 12 inch MFD w/ Chart Chips (2020)
  • 5 ST-290 Graphic Multifunction Displays
  • 1 Analog Wind
  • 1 Analog Close-Hauled Wind
  • Raymarine Quantum Radar w/ Self-Leveling Mount
  • Raymarine 218 VHF Radio
  • Raymarine Remote Handset (Cockpit)
  • Mast-Mounted Loud Hailer
  • Raymarine 5000 Gyro Autopilot w/ Linear Drive
  • Raymarine GPS
  • KVH Azimuth Digital Compass 
  • 27 inch Flat Panel TV
  • BLU RAY DVD Player
  • Sony Stereo
  • (4) Bose Speakers


  • 210 amp Balmer Alternator
  • Xantrax 2000-R Alternator Control and Battery Monitoring System
  • 1000 amp hour House Lifeline AGM Battery Bank (2020)
  • 100 amp hour Engine Lifeline AGM Battery Bank (2020)
  • (2) 330 watt Solar Panels
  • 30 amp 300 watt Wind Generator
  • Outback 2800 watt Inverter/Charger
  • Outback MPPT 60 amp Solar Controller
  • Outback Mate Inverter and Solar Remote Control
  • Masthead Tricolor/Anchor/Strobe Light
  • (4) LED Cabin Lights
  • (2) 12-volt Cabin Fans
  • Upgraded Electrical Panel
Galley and Plumbing
  • Isotherm Magnum Water-Cooled Refrigerator/freezer
  • Tasco Marine 3-Burner Gas Stove/Oven (2009)
  • Microwave Oven
  • Double Stainless Steel Sink
  • H/C Pressure Water
  • Manual Foot Pump
  • (2) Forespar Water Filters
  • 12 Gallon Hot Water Heater (2011)
  • (1) Main Cabon Water Filter
  • Saltwater Washdown Pumps on Bow and Stern
  • Fresh Water Washdown Pump at Stern
  • H/C Cockpit Shower
  • Jabsco Manual Marine Head
Additional Equipment and Upgrades
  • PYI Dripless Shaft Seal
  • Dual Electric Fuel Pump
  • (2) Solar Powered Vents
  • 55 inch Edson Stainless Steel Destroyer Wheel
  • Leather Wheel and Spoke Cover (2022)
  • Custom 10 inch V-Berth Cushion
  • Interior Upholstery Upgraded to High Density Foam
  • Stainless Steel Tilt-Up Swim Ladder
  • Custom Canvas Winter Cover w/ Frame

The cockpit on the Beneteau First 38 High Tension seats six adults comfortably. The owners had new teak installed on cockpit benches and bridge deck, which, combined with the folding teak cockpit table, provides a luxurious "yacht" feeling in the cockpit. Access to the water and stern boarding is very convenient via the walk-through transom. The cockpit is protected from sun and spray by a dodger, Bimini and connector. Moving down below, one is struck at once by the beautiful woodwork in the main salon, something not common on modern production sailboats. All interior cushions are in excellent condition having had the original foam replaced with high density foam. There is plenty of light and ventilation provided by overhead hatches and solar-powered vents. The original cabin portlights have been replaced with tinted acrylic, and are in excellent condition. A folding table and U-shaped seating area provides a dining area for six people. The long, wide settees double as additional berths. To port is the galley which features a newer Tasco 3-burner stove/oven, microwave and double stainless sink with H/C pressure water and there is also a foot pump for salt water washdown. The top-loading 12-volt electric refrigeration is also a newer custom-built unit. There is ample counter and storage space in the galley. The head is forward and to port and contains a Jabsco manual marine toilet, sink and vanity and hand-held shower head. A nice feature of this head system is the fact that hoses and Y-valve are easily accessible. To starboard aft is the forward-facing navigation station with a comfortable seating position and large opening table. The upgraded electrical panel and all instruments are well-placed and easily accessible. The sleeping accommodations are provided by a large V-berth and two private aft staterooms, as well as the settees in the main salon. The owners upgraded the V-berth mattress in the master cabin to a much thicker and more comfortable cushion. HIGH TENSION can sleep six very easily and has storage room and equipment for extended cruising. In all, the accommodations are comfortable and luxurious, especially considering that this is a very fast sailboat with a accomplished racing pedigree.



Broker's Comments and Disclaimer

The owner states that the boat incurred some hull damage back in 1991 during Hurricane Bob which was repaired at that time to a "better than new" state. There is an expensive 3-bladed Max Prop on the boat now that the owner has promised to sell to a friend if the boat sells, but is open to including it depending on price negotiated. Otherwise. the original 2-blade folding prop will go with the boat. The owner removed the second head which was aft in front of the motor and uses that area for storage. The winter cover on the boat now is one of the best I've seen in that it is high enough to make it easy to move around on deck but is also very strong and repels any snow due to arched shape. The boat has a really nice paint job and the bottom is in excellent shape, including the iron keel, which has been epoxy barrier coated. In case you can't tell by looking at the electrical equipment list, the owner is an electrician, so every system on this boat has been meticulously maintained and is in working order.


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.


Mark Barrett Cell Phone - 508-241-6275