Beneteau First 35

Was time for a new experience, so we thought we’d try a monohull with a larger cabin that our Corsair trimaran.     Giving up the Corsair would be a sacrifice, but my brother Jim in Vermont bought her from us, so we’d relocated her back east where she will live on the waters of Lake Champlain and the coastal north-east.   I look forward to sailing with Jim on her back there!

But how to find a monohull that could be as fun as the fast Corsair?    Well, it wouldn’t be likely as fast, considering that the largest practical monohull that can be day-sailed on the Columbia is at max about 40 feet.   But it could be fast for a monohull.   So I hunted for 35-39 foot monohulls in the <100 PHRF range and that narrowed it quite a bit.    Found this 2011 Beneteau First 35 in Seattle, struck a deal, and brought her down to Portland.   She really is a fast, powerful boat.