AU $198,500 Or nearest offer Finance
51' 2" - 15.60m
Family, Cruising, Racing
Vessel Location
Kettering TAS Insurance
Launch Year
Hull Material
Composite Fibreglass/GRP Airex cored above waterline and Solid fiberglass below waterline

This magnificent FRERS designed Beneteau First 51 has certainly stood the test of time, and has an appeal that many current designs will envy! Built in the CNB yard of Beneteau Yachts where quality and attention to detail were paramount, this vessel is of a similar design and quality to a Swan, and is superbly equipped as a true bluewater cruiser/racer. This performance orientated vessel started life competing in many races around the US Great Lakes region with much success, and is a sistership to La Poste which did the 1989 Whitbread Round the World Race, winning one of the legs. The vessel was then upgraded to a serious world cruising yacht in the late 1990's. The original owners cruised the Pacific extensively, and subsequent owners (professional engineers) cruised the Alaska region for six years prior to the vessel being sailed to Western Australia, where a major no expense spared re-fit was undertaken in the Late 2000's. The attention to detail in this vessels fitout has to be seen to be fully appreciated! It presents in first class condition ready for its next adventure!

Inside, the traditional timber fit out is truely stunning and gives the vessel a warm ambience. The saloon is spacious with seating around the dinette for 8 in comfort. The twin "club" chairs opposite are the perfect place to relax and read. The galley is well laid out for preparing meals both under way and at anchor and features a 3 burner stove with oven and grill, 2 bowl stainless steel sinks with hot and cold water, and a large top loading fridge perfect for long passages. The accommodation is very well appointed with a large "owners cabin" aft with huge king sized bed, seating, and private access to the bathroom. Forward are two bunk rooms each with two singles complete with lee cloths to keep crew secure. The forepeak is utilised as a storage space and workshop which is essential for the long range cruiser. This is a true sailors yacht and the traditional chart table and electronics will impress even the most discerning yachtsman. Having been cruised in a range of climates, the vessel is also fitted with ducted heating by a very efficient and effective diesel heater to keep crew comfortable in any weather.

Whilst the racing heritage of the vessel is still evident, this vessel is now very well set up to be managed short handed and features a cutter rig with both headsails on furlers, 3 speed Lewmar primary winches, an electric halyard winch, over-size rope clutches, and wide clear side decks with a moulded non-slip finish for safe access forward. The boat is very well laid out from the twin wheels steering, to the spacious and comfortable cruising cockpit complete with cushions, and the "stepped bridge deck" a Swan type feature but improved to the extent it becomes a great spot under the dodger when on watch during the longer passages with the remote autopilot control at hand or sailing under wind vane steering.

The vessel is powered by a Perkins 80hp Diesel in excellent "as new" condition with all round access making servicing etc very easy.

The full inventory of this vessel is extensive and lacking nothing and the vessel has just been antifouled and had prop speed SEPTEMBER 2020. This is a rare opportunity to acquire a magnificent cruiser which can also be successfully raced if you desire. Capable of 200NM days with ease, this is an opportunity not to be missed!
For more information please call Jo Breen on 0432031100 or John Radonic on 0459322862.

Derwent Boat Sales offers the information on this vessel including condition, in good faith as provided by the Owner/Vendor. While confident about the accuracy we cannot Guarantee or Warrant it but will assist any prospective purchaser verify this as part of the purchase process.

AU $198,500 Or nearest offer    Finance    Insurance
Vessel Name
Boat Reference
Launch Year
51' 2" - 15.60m
Keel / Ballast
6,500kg Lead elliptical fin keel
Vessel Location
Kettering Tas
German Frers
Chantiers Beneteau
Hull Material
Composite Fibreglass/GRP Airex cored above waterline and Solid fiberglass below waterline
Decks Material
Moulded GRP with end-grained Balsa core and solid GRP in high load areas
Perkins 4.236 80hp Marine Diesel engine and Hurth Hydraulic gearbox in fully soundproofed engine room New Engine mounts and Wiring in 2011
Engine Make
Number Engines
Fuel Type
Engine Hours
4156 hours
Conventional shaft drive with 3 Bladed Maxprop Bronze FEATHERING propeller
Ample Power (Kubota) 160amp Diesel Generator in sound proof box
380L in three Stainless steel tanks
250L in two Stainless steel tanks
Spray Dodger, Bimini, Shade covers, Full boat winter cover, Winch covers, Wheel covers
4 X Single berths Forward in two private cabins
1 X Double Master cabin aft
1 X Workshop / Sail storage forward, NOTE can be converted to double vee berth
Navigation station to starboard
Large Saloon table with U-shaped seating and "club style" seating opposite
Dual Access to the Head from the Galley or the Master suite
1 X H/C Shower
1 X Manual Toilet with holding tank
Webasto DBW 2010 Diesel fuelled Cabin heater
Large L-shaped galley to port including Fridge / Freezer, Three burner Stove / Oven, Twin Stainless steel sink with pressurised H/C fresh water and fresh and salt water taps with foot pump.
Seafrost 12V Refrigerator with Freezer compartment (top loading)
SMEV Three burner gimballed Stainless steel Stove and Oven
Spectra Catalina 300 12V Watermaker (45L per/hr)
Hot Water
Whale Seaward 6 gallon Hot water system heated via shore power, Engine heat or Webasto cabin heater
Ground Tackle
Muir Cheetah 2500 Electric windlass with chain and rode
Custom designed and constructed Stainless steel bow roller assembly
35kg Ultra Marine Stainless steel anchor (New 2017)
30kg Bruce anchor
Fortress FX-37 anchor
2 X Fortress FX-55 anchors
Safety Gear
Switlik MOM-9 person overboard module
Stainless steel life lines (1 X 19 Stainless steel wire new 2011)
Abandon ship bag
Emergency rudder
Life sling
Delta drogue and dedicated braided warp
Fireboy-Xintrex S-2A Gas detection monitor with 2 sensors
Bilge Pumps
3 X Electric bilge pumps with float switches and alarms, 2 X Built in Manual bilge pumps
Life Raft
Switlik MK-II Solas approved 6 person life raft (requires servicing)
2 X406 GPS Epirb deploy manually, or water activated
Solas flare kit
Fire Protection
5 X Fire extinguishers and one CO detector
3 X Lifeline D4 AGM 12V House batteries (New 2015)
1 X Optima AGM 12V engine start battery
Shore power controlled through a Heart Freedom inverter / charger and Link 2000 controller
Balmar 120amp Alternator controlled by Balmar multi-stage regulator
Custom designed Blue Sea 360 Breaker panel
All LED lighting
Entirely rewired in 2011
Electronics / Navigation
NKE integrated sailing instruments including Boat speed, Depth, Wind speed, Wind direction and Course
Two Gyropilot heads (one at steering helm and one at nav station)
Two TL-25 Displays, One NKE Display in owners cabin
Heel angle sensor
Masthead wind instrument
Fluxgate compass
NKE 60 Hydraulic Autopilot with wireless remote controls
Two independent Depth sounders (1 X NKE and 1 X Airmar 600ft sensor)
Furuno GP-32 GPS (main GPS)
Garmin 17HVS GPS (spare)
Vesper integrated GPS / AIS (spare)
Furno 1715 24 mile Radar
SeaMe electronic radar reflector
C. A. R. D. Radar alarm and radar signal direction indicator
Built in computer 12V SlimPro 635F and 12V computer monitor for navigation, including OpenCP navigation software integrated with GPS, NKE instruments and AIS transponder via Shipmodul multiplexor
AIS Vesper XB8000 Transponder with anchor watch and alarm
Icom 502 VHF Radio
External Iridium antenna
SEA-235 SSB HF transceiver
Backstay antenna and tuner for SSB
Marco Polo BEN magnetic binnacle compasses, one on each binnacle
Navigation lights
Barometer and Clock
Sail Inventory
2 X Mainsails (one Carbon fibre Excellent condition, one Dacron in Good Condition)
1 X Dacron 130% Genoa on furler (Good condition)
1 X No. 2 Kevlar laminated Genoa (fair condition)
2 X Staysails (excellent condition)
Try-sail and Storm jib (excellent condition)
1 X Asymmetrical 1.5oz Spinnaker in sock
Mast / Rigging
The four spreader Mast built by Marechal in France (Dye tested, X-rayed and repainted 2009)
Cutter rigged with Harken Roller furling on head stay and staysail
Dyneema Dux babystay
Navtec Nitronic 50 Rod rigging (New 2009)
Hydraulic mast jack
Hydraulic back stay, babystay and vang
Lazy jacks with main sail cradle
Aluminium Spinnaker pole
Deck Gear
2 X Lewmar Custom 70 S/T Three speed Primary winches
2 X Lewmar 52 S/T winches
2 X Lewmar 52 Two speed winches
1 X Anderson 52 S/T Electric main halyard winch
1 X Lewmar 46 S/T Two speed winches
2 X Lewmar 46 Two speed winch
Harken spinnaker pole in-board end winch on Mast
Monitor Wind vane steering
Solid Teak sole covering in the cockpit, on settee's, bridge deck and companion way cockpit sole
Custom folding cockpit table made of solid Sheoak
Extensive range of spare parts

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