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Beneteau - First 53f5

Motivated Vendor - Price reduced March 2016

Recent Hull and Rigging survey

Currently in Turkey however easily moved for a new owner

This Beneteau First 53f5 is a yacht for ocean-going cruises but is also perfectly at ease amongst a race fleet.

It has a hull with a minimum wetted surface. Ultrafine "V" entry. Rounded aft sections. A keel inspired by the great maxi yachts: streamlined, composite (of iron and lead), cleanly cutting drag, and lowering the centre of gravity. The First 53f5 awakens with the slightest breeze, and shows her true capabilities in a strong wind. Astonishingly powerful, the First 53f5 equally demonstrates a highly developed sense of conviviality and comfort.

Wide teak laid cockpit, sunbathing area with direct access to the sea, a deck plan totally clear of any hindrance to movement - the halyards are led under a false deck cowling; handrails are recessed into the coachroof. There is the precision of the elliptical rudder.

This Beneteau First 53f5 benefits from a custom coachroof sunbathing area with side rails and sun lounge cushions (see pictures, short video clip also available).

All the great names in yachting equip the First 53f5. All deck handling effected in seconds and movement greatly eased by the very efficient non-slip surface.

The twin steering wheels leave the cockpit clear and allow the helmsman to be in the best observation position constantly, upwind or downwind.

Beautifully moulded companionway steps of wood and polished aluminium take you inside. Unique surroundings created by the finest materials, curved forms, intelligently distributed lighting, an inventory both aesthetic and functional. Wood veneer, marble and alcantara dominate. Leather sheaths the handrails and contributes elegance to the charm of the "oval saloon" with its twin, rounded settees, and large oval dining table. Recessed handrails ingeniously incorporate roller blinds.

At the chart table, comfortably seated, the navigator has all he needs within reach and sight. Full navigation instrumentation and an electric switch panel.

The galley has storage space with cupboards on rails and moulded drawers, ample refrigerator space, a practical work surface in white marble, and twin stainless steel sinks with hot and cold pressurised water.

There are 3 double-bed cabins, one of which is a roomy master, 2 heads with showers and a separate single crew cabin. 


As well as the large saloon and galley there are 3 double-bed cabins, one of which is a roomy master, 2 heads with showers, a navigation desk and a separate single crew cabin.  

Clarion/JBL sound system with 3 sets of speakers

Large screen TV & DVD player

15 inch silent fans in the cabins

This Beneteau First 53f5 is comprehensively equipped including duvets, sheets, pillows, kitchen utensils, cutlery, crockery etc.


Double fridge unit with Frigo electric unit and engine compressor. One of the fridges can cool to freezing levels for ice etc.

Force 10 cooker with three burners, grill and oven


Two Jabsco toilets with two new holding tanks - Total 150lt.


80hp Perkins turbo diesel engine with a Maxi prop.

This boat benefits from a complete engine out refit / engine rebuild and has only been used for a couple of seasons since (approx. 600 hours / 2 seasons use with approx. 250 (sail and power) miles a season.

The owner of this Beneteau First 53f5 says the engine is 'delightful' and has had absolutely no problems with it.

Diesel Panda Generator 4.2kw that runs silently in the aft locker

Two fuel tanks holding 450lt.

Hot water heater and pressurised water system.  600lt in three tanks

Two new holding tanks - Total 150lt.

Manual bilge pump

3 electric bilge pumps

2 electric shower pumps

Deck Equipment

The deck area is custom built with cushioned seating and lounge beds etc.

Two large Lewmar 70's with six more winches and a Lewmar 56 electric winch which does most of the hard work. 

Deckware and cars are Harken with 16 rope jammers

Hydraulic pump system for back stay and kicker.

Recently Dye Tested Rod Riggingat time of Mast Survey

There is also a removable inner fore stay for storm sails etc

Removable inner fore stay for storm sails etc.

30kg Anchor and chain (New August 2015)

Electric windlass

Large Fortress kedge anchor

Large fixed Bimini

Solid teak cockpit table

Wide, custom made passerelle with handrail

Swimming ladder

Deck shower

Spars, Rigging and Sails

Recent mast survey

Mainsail stackaway system with Harken mast cars

New Roll Bar for main sheet

Sail inventory:

  • Mainsail - approx. 10 yrs - sound but grubby
  • New Furling Genoa - Crusader Sails approx. 8 yrs - first used 3 yrs ago, Very good
  • Assorted racing sails (small red 'drifter, working jib, blade jib - all unused)
  • Cruising chute (with pole) - approx. 15 yrs - lightly used, dye colours have run, needs new sock
  • Spinnaker - never used, immaculate condition (no spinnaker pole)
  • Storm sails - unused


2 flexible solar panels

1500 watt Inverter

2 flexible solar panels

600 amps domestic batteries plus engine battery

Large battery charger

Shore power cables

Electronic and Navigation

Twin wheels with Autohelm 7000 system

B and G instruments, repeaters with three 20/20 mast readouts

GMDSS radio and EPRIB

Safety equipment

10 man life raft

Two Lifesling packs

Tender and Outboard

Six man Plastimo dinghy

6Hp Yanmar outboard motor

Electric outboard motor


Nicolle Associates 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.

  • This vessel is VAT paid, subject to Completion of any purchase within EU Tax zone.
  • As always photographs do not do justice so a viewing is highly recommended.
  • This boat is lying in Marmaris, Turkey and will be sold in Greece (or other EU Tax zone country to suit any purchaser and to maintain her EU VAT paid status) .
  • © 2016 Nicolle Associates
Category:Sailing Boats
Subcategory:Blue Water Cruisers
Model:First 53f5
Mooring Country:Greece
Year built:1992
Sales status:available
LOA:16.21 m/53 ft
Length:16.21 m/53 ft
Width:4.5 m/15 ft
KW:80.0 hp
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