First 235 LOCCR
The plans for the 2007 LOCCR are underway and already seeing
great results with First 235 owners and boats coming from
far and wide! This year's regatta will be based out of Crescent
Yacht Club in Chaumont, NY on July 21-22. The 07 Regatta
Chair is Frodo Sellers. They plan to put on a stellar event
with races and festivities to align with CYC Activities.
First 235 owners are starting to catch on to the Asymmetrical
craze and owning up to the little Beneteau's Mini heritage.
We're now seeing more and more bowsprit mods cropping up.
So far, noone has gone to the trouble to create a fully
articulating bowsprit ala modern Mini but it's only a matter
of time. See a a a few more sprit ideas on our Owner
Mods page .
First 235 ~SOLD
Our own Mike & Toni Hayden have just moved up the Beneteau
line to a larger model and are reluctantly putting their
prized First 235, Windependent, Hull #253, for sale.This
boat has been featured countless times in beneteau235.com
as Mike's done a host of mods. It's quite possibly one of
the nicest F235s for cruising in the USA; Mike has poured
many an hour into this fine boat. Details & photos:
'06 LOCCR PHOTOS
First 235 Lake Ontario Challenge Cup (LOCCR) out
of Pultneyville Yacht Club was held on 8/12 - 8/13..
The LOCCR was open to everyone that could drag, push, pull,
or sail his First 235 to PYC, Lake Ontario! Amazingly,
Logs, who hails from Perth, Australia, actually made it
to the event! See on-the-water photos.
The 2006 Bald Head Island Regatta was a smashing success
with nothing but raves from all involved. Rona Garm
and and Bald Head pulled out the stops as usual - the BHIR
had some great competition from all over with PHRF and CLASS
racing. It was three great days of parties & racing
off the coast of Bald Head in the Atlantic. Kevin
took Silver! See More
Long time in the making, the new Beneteau
First 235 Directory is now online featuring a
good portion of the active F235s across the US and overseas.
Now includes a dedicated photo. Owners missing from the
directory encouraged to submit their hull # and location
for inclusion. See F235
Directory & F235
abstrait on the water!
Although taken with an Olympus digital camera in video mode,
this little Quicktime movie gives a bit of the feel of the
little Beneteau First 235. See Audrey at the helm off the
coast of NC - forestay to stern view, looking from campanionway
to leeward, and a quick view from the helm on rail. Quicktime
needed along with cable modem. Movie is over 13MB but streaming
First 235 Forum!
Be sure to visit the active F235 Forums - See the General
F235 Forum, F235 Parts swap, F235 For Sale, Racing Tips,
and the developing F235 Class Section. We now have a membership
approaching 435 with new topics and posts entered daily.
Searchable database of over 16,000 posts as well.
* Visit Beneteau
First 235 Owner Forums
First 235 Desktop Pics!
Not the most critical update
but surely one of the more fun, especially with fall/winter
approaching with many F235 owners up north pulling boats
for storage. See this collection of F235 images from
fellow owners formatted to work well as your desktop wallpaper.
Just follow directions on the page for one more reason to
F235 owner, Gerard Corbino,
sent two great documents he had on hand which just happened
to be faxes of the original First 235 Scantlings including
the fin keel. Note the weight differences between the fin,
wing, and swing keel models. This
is the first time this info has been available online. It
appears as if the wing keel also is about 110lbs heavier
than the fin, something not documented before. See Page
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Gerard Corbino's Little RUM
gets a lot of single-handed use just like abstrait. Though
Gerard has a stock Symmetrical, he decided to add a custom
bowsprit for an Asymmetrical. While the beast is not quite
as fast dead downwind, it lights up the course between a
broad reach and run, where the F235 is faster anyway.
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235 Owner Mods!
Thanks to the active F235 Forums,
we have had a number of compelling Owner Mod articles sent
in with pictures and drawings to document. From The Pock
to Mike Hayden to Pat Turner, some great ideas are covered
from a cockpit table, solar power on the cheap, vinyl stripe
files, to opening transom and cockpit port lights! More
coming as well. Take
Want to talk to other Beneteau
First 235 owners directly with questions or answers or just
some witty banter? The Algonquin Round Table it's
not, but what is? Drop in to share the latest with other
F235 fanatics. Must be a member of the F235 Forums to participate.
been in the water a little over a year since her first re-launch
after the move from Charleston to Wrightsville Beach, NC.(She
hit the water 10/18/04)fi. . Sailing has been EPIC this
fall and winter with many great days - See all
the pics that will inhabit an upcoming dedicated
abstrait page. abstrait also did did well on the race course
04 fall, taking the WBORA Winter Series.
making F235 Keel!
Beiley Lead Keel
Bravura Yachts' Leif Beiley
has already designed one LEAD FIN KEEL for the F235 as seen
Since I posted that page, he has received a few inquiries
for more F235 lead options. Leif decided to put his latest
knowledge of keel foil design into a new
lead keel offering. The basic design is now completed
and up for perusal via this site. This new
version features a better foil as well as more
weight in the bulb. We now have a price of $2050USD
plus shipping & customs
for the keel which is now being made by Mars
Keel Technology out of Canada.
F235 Bushing & Rudder Screw Production
A hearty thanks goes to Ian
McPherson and Larry Pockras for their work in getting out
the F235 Delrin Pintle Bushings and Nylon Rudder Screws.
The quality and cost were second to none especially considering
the factory price. These two items go a long way in establishing
the quality of your F235 steering/feel. The order was carried
out via the F235 Forums. We had an amazing turnout with
over 200 Bushings and 100 Rudder bolts ordered - ALL
SOLD OUT! A second
Bushing/Bolt order was just run with eqrun is success in
the December of 2005. Check the F235 forums for availability..
Bushing & Rudder Screw Forum
above for Bald Head Island Regatta
pics off NC Coast- High resolution to 1700px
- See Many
more full shots -
Audrey Holsten at helm of F235 - Wrightsville Beach, NC
Many owners contributed Mods with more coming!
Original Beneteau First 235 Scantlings
F235 Little RUM's Custom Bowsprit for Asymmetrical
- Each shot links to page -
The Beneteau F235 Forums are very active
Leif Beiley's redesign MkIII F235 Lead Keel
- Click above for full view -
Beneteau First 235 Custom Delrin Pintle Bushings
and Nylon Rudder screws/bolts - EXCELLENT!
- Click above to see details