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Beneteau First 405 

  • Make: Beneteau
  • Hull Material: Fiberglass
  • Year: 1986
  • Length: 40'
  • Engine Brand: Perkins
  • Located In: Alameda, CA
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  • Specs

    • Designer: BERRET
      Flag of Registry: United States
      Keel: Other
      Hull Shape: Monohull

  • Dimensions

    • LOA: 40 ft 7 in
      Beam: 12 ft 9 in
      LWL: 35 ft 6 in
      Maximum Draft: 7 ft 2 in
      Displacement: 18500 lbs
      Ballast: 7700 lbs

  • Engine

    • Engine Brand: Perkins
      Engine Model: 4-108
      Engine Type: Inboard
      Engine/Fuel Type: Diesel
      Drive Type: Direct Drive
      Cruising Speed: 6 knots
      Maximum Speed: 7 knots

  • Tanks

    • Fresh Water Tanks: 3 (180 Gallons)
      Fuel Tanks: 1 (40 Gallons)
      Holding Tanks: 2 (40 Gallons)

  • Accomodations

    • Number of single berths: 3
      Number of cabins: 3
      Number of heads: 2
      Seating Capacity: 6


Designed as a racer/cruiser, the First 405 is based on IOR shapes common in the mid 80's. Nowadays we recognize this type of sloop as a very competent cruising boat, capable of taking its owners anywhere in the world. The hull is stable and can make good daily milage while the interior remains extremely functional in a seaway, not to mention comfortable at anchor.

This owner has done a great job at installing systems for comfort and safety which show great ingenuity and considerable thought. It would take very little to ready Walk the Line for an ocean or coastal passage.

The T shaped cockpit is easy to move around in and the huge hardtop dodger leaves plenty of area to keep dry from the elements. With her huge solar array and RO water maker you can live unattached from shore for long periods of time. Her sails are in great shape as is her engine and bottom. 

Upon entering the companionway the galley is to port and Nav station to starboard. The auxiliary diesel is contained in a box under the deep double sink on centerline at the base of the companionway ladder.

The main cabin has a folding table on centerline with a huge queen size capable U shaped settee to port and slender long settee to starboard. 

Forward of the main bulkhead you will find a standing/seating area with a v-berth forward and compact head/shower to port.

Aft of the companionway bulkhead there is a large head/shower, again to port, with access from the galley and aft cabin. One of the great aspects of this boat's design is that the engine is somewhat removed from the aft cabin so it's quieter when motoring than most sloops in this size range. The aft head also has the water maker controls.

The owner has also set up the port lazzarette as a systems maintenance space with access to the water maker and other important systems.Included is a Plastimo liferaft in a soft valise.On the delivery to our office, Walk the Line averaged over 7 knots on the passage without being pressed; in fact the sail was quite easy and stress free. If you are looking for a 40 foot sloop for a run to Mexico or beyond this boat ticks many boxes.


  • 2 Cabins
  • 2 Heads
  • Secure Galley
  • North Beach Canvas cushions, foam and upholstery, throughout boat. (2018)
  • Force 10 diesel bulkhead heater
  • Brass trawler lamp
  • Force 10 3-burner stove and oven w/ Boos Block cutting board insert
  • Custom teak cabinet over sink with LED lighting and microwave oven
  • Isotherm Magnum freshwater cooled holding plate refer (2018) w/analog temp gauge
  • Upgraded faucets
  • Cruise RO water maker 20gph
  • Johnson fresh water pump
  • Tank Tender gauge for fuel and water tanks
  • Racor charcoal water filtering system
  • Whale diaphragm pump for aft shower

  • New fixed port lights (2018)
  • 5 Goiot opening ports
  • 2 Goiot Deck hatches with sun shades
  • 2 Lewmar Ocean Series deck hatches
  • SS removable boarding ladder, Port or Starboard
  • Outboard motor mount with lifting gear
  • Hull soda blasted to remove decades of old bottom paint and re-faired
  • Hull coated with 2 layers of epoxy barrier coat
  • All new Bronze thru-hulls and fittings (2010)
  • Deck painted with KiwiGrip
  • Cockpit table
  • Muir Cheetah horizontal windlass
  • 250 feet 5/16 HT galvanized chain
  • Scanmar anchor retrieving system
  • Rocna 25 anchor on extended bow roller

  • Island Planet partial full batten Mainsail w/3 reefs (2015)
  • Island Planet 100% furling Jib with UV suncover (2015)
  • Island Planet Asymetrical Spinnaker with sock (2017)
  • Symetrical Spinnaker with sock, serviceable 
  • 150% Genoa (2005) in serviceable condition
  • Lazy Jacks attached to Sunbrella cradle cover (2015)
  • Harken Furling unit
  • Isomat 3 spreader aluminum mast
  • Navtec hydraulic Backstay adjuster with remote panel.
  • 4 Lewmar selftailing winches in cockpit
  • 2 Andersen self tailing winches in cockpit
  • 1 Lewmar selftailing reefing winch on mast
  • Garhauer Solid Boom Vang
  • Custom fixed bowsprit with turning block
  • Halyards, Tack line and Cunningham lead to cockpit

  • 4 6V deep cycle batteries with remote watering system
  • 630W LG solar panels mounted on Bimini
  • 200W solar panels mounted on Wavestopper hard/soft dodger
  • Victron 50A charger/2KW pure sine wave inverter with digital remote
  • 2 Victron charge controllers
  • Victron AH meter BMV-702
  • 8 Alpenglow red/white lights
  • LED strip lighting in Galley and main cabin
  • LED floodlamps on Radar post
  • LED running lights
  • SpartPlug shorepower 

  • ICOM VHF at Nav station
  • ICOM VHF in cockpit
  • Raymarine Autopilot with Ram drive
  • Simrad Speed/Depth/Wind
  • MacMini media server and Nav computer running open CPN
  • Furuno GPS Chartplotter at helm
  • Garmin Chartplotter at Nav Station
  • Furuno wireless 24 mile radar (outputs to iPad/iPhone)
  • DigitalYacht AIS receiver
  • Unifi long range wifi system
  • 32" Samsung LED TV
  • Sony stereo with speakers in cabin and cockpit

  • Perkins 4-108
  • Ample Power 120A alternator
  • Ample Power Smart Charger
  • Balmar adjusting arm
  • Quick Change impeller cover
  • Moroso Pre-oiler
  • Remote oil filter
  • Reverso oil change pump
  • Brunton AutoProp with custom zinc adapter to accept standard anodes
  • Brunton SigmaDrive CV joint coupler
  • Dripless packing gland
  • Racor fuel/water separator 
  • Automatic Halon fire suppression in engine compartment
  • Custom water lift muffler
  • 1.25" SS shaft and cutlass bearing  (2016)
  • Spare filters
  • Mechanical diesel fuel gauge on 40gal tank

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.