2005 Beneteau First 31.7£47,950


Name: Windchaser
Builder: --
Hull Material: Fiberglass
Location: Plymouth, United Kingdom


LOA: 9.66
Beam: 3.23 m
Displacement: 3,750 kg
Draft: 1.9 m


Make / Fuel: Volvo Penta diesel
HP: 20 horsepower
Cruising Speed: --
Max Speed: --


Fuel: 30 l
Water: 170 l
Holding: --
General Description

Windchaser is a lovely yacht in excellent condition!

She has been with the current owner since 2018 originally purchased in Ireland and sailed back to the UK. She is VAT paid in Ireland and has been in the UK since 2018 (proof available).

She has been cruised as a family boat along the south west coast with occasional trips to the channel islands.  She is well setup for cruising, club racing and is a manageable short handed cruiser racer.

Windchaser is capable of making fast passages and has plenty of accommodation for comfort when in port. She is equally well setup for club racing with a new extensive sail wardrobe, and has been very well maintained.

Being a platinum edition of the well regarded First 31.7 GTE with platinum hull gel coat and cherry wood/cream leather interior she is in great condition.

The reason for sale is the owner planning to upgrade to a larger yacht.  

Sail Area

I : 38.71 ft
J : 11.48 ft
P : 35.43 ft
E : 12.80 ft
Working Sail Area : 565.11 sq ft

Manufacturer Provided Description

Derived from the famous Figaro Býnýteau, this 31 footer is an aknowledged benchmark in cruising as well as racing.

Additional Description

Convenient stowage space and handling positions:  Teak slatted cockpit seats.  Two teak slatted helm seats port and starboard, sloping outwards for more comfort at the helm. Life-raft stowage in aft of cockpit.  Large sail locker to starboard.  Gas locker.  Bulkhead mounted steering compass  Self-draining cockpit.

Additional Description

- FORWARD CABIN - Double berth (2 x 1.40m) with mattress. Shelving along the hull. Hanging locker. Under-berth stowage. Lewmar T30 opening deck hatch with blind for ventilation and natural light. This hatch also provides an emergency exit to the deck if necessary. - SALOON - Headroom: 1.82m. Symmetric saloon with settees and mattress providing two sea berths. Square drop-leaf saloon table with stainless steel base and bottle stowage to centre. Shelving along the hull. 2 fixed hull ports. 1 x Lewmar T30 deck hatch over saloon table. 2 x Lewmar T1 opening ports to coachroof coamings.  2 halogen deckhead lights with independent switches. - AFT PORT CABIN - Headroom: 1.80m.  The cabin is equipped with:  Double berth 2m x 1.50m with mattress.  Hanging locker.  A shelving unit. Under-berth stowage. 2 x Lewmar T1 opening ports to coachroof coaming and cockpit with curtains. Reading light. Halogen deckhead light.

Additional Description

Laminated work surface with fiddle that also acts as a handrail. Stainless steel sink. Saltwater foot pump. Hot and cold pressurised mixer tap. Stowage under sink with baskets. Waste bin. 12V (70L) refrigerating unit with storage baskets, insulated with injected polyurethane foam. Gimballed stainless steel 2-burner hob with oven and stainless steel safety rail that also serves as a handrail. Stowage lockers for utensils, crockery and food. Lewmar T1 opening port to coachroof coaming above cooker.

Additional Description

Stainless steel pulpit forward with wide space for anchor handling. Bi-colour navigation lights fixed to pulpit. Stainless steel pushpit in two parts, ensign staff holder and closing guardrail. A double row of adjustable stainless steel guardrails surrounds the boat.. 8 stainless steel shaped stanchions with flush moulded stainless steel bases (Bénéteau patent). Teak toe-rails surrounding the deck. Two stainless steel handrails bolted to the coachroof.

Additional Description

20HP Volvo Penta Sail Drive engine. Engine compartment insulated with alveolate foam. Fuel tank with approx. 30L capacity and sediment filter.

Additional Description

The hull is single-skinned laminated GRP. A structural inner moulding with uni-directional fabric is bonded and laminated to the hull. Its structural role is important as it takes and absorbs the stresses at pressure points (chain plate tie rods, keel, rudder etc.) and spreads any loads, guaranteeing reduced strain on the hull. The surface to the inner hull makes cleaning easier and provides a better finish. The hull gel coat is Platinum grey.

Additional Description

The deck is balsa sandwich construction (glass fibre, balsa, polyester resin) for an optimal strength/weight ratio and for good thermal and sound insulation. A roughened non-slip surface increases safety over all deck surfaces. An inner deck moulding is sealed to the deck to round off the finish. The deck is reinforced under deck fittings (winches, tracks, U-bolts, cleats). - HULL/DECK JOINT - The hull/deck joint is secured by an unvarnished teak toerail, bonded and screwed. This assembly technique ensures water-tightness of the hull/deck joint and provides safety during movement on deck. - BATHING PLATFORM AND TRANSOM - Bathing platform with stainless steel folding ladder. 220V shore supply socket.

Additional Description

CE certification: GTE A/6

Additional Information

Previous purchase survey from 2018 available
Forestay and Facnor Halyard Swivel replaced 2018
B&G Vulcan 7 Plotter and NMEA backbone installed 2018
Lowrance Link 8 VHF with AIS reciever installed 2018
Standing Rigging and mast electrics replaced, New Dynema Backstay and Flicker - Dec 2018
Tri Colour Mast head light, Deck and Steaming Light installed and new switch panel- Dec2018
B&G Tridata Repeater Installed Aug 2019
Rigging retune/Keel Fairing/Seacocks serviced - Mar 2021
New Asymetric Spinnaker with Snuffer - 2020 - Westaway Sails
New Black Mainsail -2020 - Westaway Sails
New No 1  Tri Radial Genoa - 2020 - Westaway Sails
New No3 Laminate Genoa - 2021- Westaway Sails
No2 McWilliams furling genoa - 2015 and Symetric Spinnaker (age unknown)

Engine and sail drive regularly serviced and winterised - Trouts Boatyard Topsham (Documentaion available)  Saildrive gasket will be due for replacement soon.


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.