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  • 1985 Beneteau First

    • 42 ft
    • Racer and Cruiser
    • Cambridge, MD, US
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Designed by the Argentinian architect German Frers, creator of some of the most splendid sailing boats in the world. The First 42 is an exceptional model, probably one of the jewels of the French nautical industry.

There were many racer/cruisers built in the 1980's, but one stood out - the Beneteau First 42. Under sail in light or heavy air, Onward is a true club racer with an abundant sail inventory and all necessary deck hardware for controlled speed. She is built with a solid hand-laid fiberglass hull, open deck space and a comfortable cockpit for your crew. All lines are run into the cockpit for ease in single handling. Her interior is lovely and offers a comfortable live-aboard space. She has 6 berths sleeping 8 quests or crew with good storage for long distance cruising or racing. She holds a PHRF rating in the Chesapeake of 72.

Onward has been well taken care of. In 2016 she received a new mast and standing rigging with all work preformed by one of the top yards in the Chesapeake Bay. The owner is no longer able to enjoy her and has offered her for sale. If you are looking for a true racer, but enjoy some of the creature comforts, Onward is the vessel for you.

  • Manufacturer
  • Model
  • Year
  • Category
  • Condition
  • Location
    Cambridge, MD, US
  • Vessel Name
  • Boat Type
    Racer and Cruiser
  • Hull Material
  • Hull Type
  • Hull Color
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  • Flag of Registry
  • Available for sale in U.S. waters
  • Length
    42 ft - 12.8 meter
  • LOA:
    42 ft - 12.8 meter
  • Beam:
    13 ft 1 in - 3.99 meter
  • Draft - max:
    7 ft 1 in - 2.16 meter
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  • Dry Weight:
    18738 lbs
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  • Horsepower:
    50 (Individual), 50 (combined)
  • Max Speed:
  • Fuel Tank:
    40 gallons - 1 tank(s)
  • Fresh Water Tank:
    105 gallons - 1 tank(s)
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She has a lovely interior configuration. Starting forward and aft of the chain locker is the master stateroom with Pullman berth to port and seating area to starboard. Aft to port is the first head with lockers to starboard. Going aft you enter the main salon; She has a large U-shaped dinette to port with pilot berth outboard and storage under the pilot. To starboard is a settee with pilot outboard and storage under the pilot as well. Centerline drop leaf table can accommodate a full crew for dining. Aft of the dinette on port is the U-shaped sea galley followed by the aft stateroom with large quarter berth and lockers. Opposite the galley is the Navigation station followed by the second head.

She has lovely rich woodwork below with teak and holly sole, that coupled with her rich blue fabrics makes for a warm and inviting interior. She has numerous hatches and vents for excellent ventilation. She has fabric shades for all the ports.


She has a true "Sea Galley" with plenty of counter and cabinet space for storage as well as food preparation.

  • 2 Custom insulated Ice boxes
  • Gimbaled ENO stove with oven
  • Double stainless steel sinks with hot and cold pressure water and chopping block top
  • All galley gear conveys with the vessel

Deck Equipment
  • Stainless steel bow and stern pulpit with side stanchions and double life lines with aft and side gates
  • Double anchor roller
  • Double anchor lockers on foredeck
  • Stainless steel Sissy bars/leaning bars port and stb of the mast
  • Stainless steel boarding ladder off transom
  • Anchor with chain and rode
  • 4 hatches
  • Lana companionway boards
  • Large stainless steel wheel
  • Teak cockpit grate
  • Room under the cockpit grate for life raft
  • Aluminum Toe Rail
  • Cockpit bimini
  • Dock lines
  • Cockpit cushions

  • Garmin 4212 oversized color chart plotter at the Nav station
  • Belt driven autopilot
  • Standard Horizon VHF
  • Sony Drive-s MP3 Stereo
  • Datamarine Tri-data

Sails and Rigging

In 2016 Onward had a new mast and standing rigging installed. She has numerous sets of sails for both racing and cruising. All lines are led aft to the cockpit for ease in single handing.

  • 4 Mains - 1 racing main (like new), 2nd ring main (used), 3rd main by Elvsrom and a 4th main used for cruising that is presently on the boat and in very good condition
  • 4 Genoas - 1 genoa (good condition), 150% light air (excellent condition), a 110% genoa (good condition), 130% cruising genoa on the boat.
  • 2 Spinakers - 1 is a 3/4oz and the 2nd is 1/2oz (UK sailmaker)
  • 2 Staysails - 1 (like new) and the 2nd (good condition)
  • 3 Jibs - 1 by Elvstrom and the 2nd is a 110% for cruising (on the boat), the 3rd is a light air jib
  • 2016 Harken roller furling for headsail
  • Spinnaker Pole
  • Newmar winches - 2 sp #40 on cabin top, 3sp #65 primaries, tsp #55 secondaries

Mechanical and Electrical
  • Perkins 4108 50HP engine with Aprox 2200 hours
  • 12V DC
  • 110V/30amp AC shore power with cord
  • Battery safety switches in aft stateroom
  • Manual bilge pump
  • electric bilge pump
  • All new mast lights in 2016

Maintenance through the years


  • Upgraded electrical wiring - added ground fault outlets and upgraded AC breaker panel
  • Installed 20" inboard tracks for #3 jib with polished stainless steel backing plates
  • New teak cockpit grate
  • Replaced wiring between battery ad battery switch
  • Replaced wiring from the starter motor and battery switch
  • Rewired alternator output


  • Installed new regulator
  • Installed 150amp ammeter and shunt bar


  • Strip/sand/varnish around the interior of companionway and companionway steps
  • Replace headliner in aft cabin
  • Forward head hoses replaced


  • Pulled every year for dry storage - sails pulled - canvas pulled - all systems winterized - oil changed - hull polished

During the winter of 2012, a limb broke from a tree and knocked her from her stands thus breaking her mast. 


  • New mast
  • New standing rigging
  • New furler
  • New masthead sender for wind instruments
  • Awl gripped hull
  • Checked all seacocks - 
  • Thru hulls removed, cleaned and re-installed
  • Rudder bearing replaced
  • Re-packed rudder stuffing box
  • New bow pulpit and life lines
  • New domestic water filter
  • Repair her cold start for engine
  • Installed LPG solenoid switch in galley
  • New fuel lines
  • Cetol'd her exterior wood
  • Updated safety equipment
  • 3 new CO detectors
  • New water heater
  • New steering cable
  • Serviced winches
  • New spinnaker lift line
  • New spinnaker halyard
  • replaced 2 group 31 batteries
  • Replaced voltmeter


  • Replaced Battery charger at Nav station
  • Replaced fire extinguishers
  • Replaced front crank seal


  • Removed old fuel, flushed tank, and added fresh fuel
  • Service and lube Maxprop


  • Service and Lube Maxprop
  • Replace batteries

Every year she is pulled and stored on land. Systems winterized and maintained, sails and canvas pulled for proper winter storage. This owner has loved her for over 25 years and gone to great lengths to attend to anything she needed.

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.
  • at the dock
  • On land
  • profile and interior
  • Deck layout and interior
  • View from transom looking forward
  • Cockpit companionway
  • Sub tack port rail
  • Stb  deck
  • View from under bimini
  • Anchor lockers and Roller furling
  • Inner stay tensioner
  • Foredeck looking aft
  • Mast partners
  • From cockpit looking forward
  • Pedestal and wheel
  • Engine panel
  • Back stay adjuster
  • Teak cockpit grate
  • Cabin top winch
  • Perkins Engine
  • Forward cabin with pullman berth
  • Aft cabin lockers
  • 1st head
  • Port side dinette wth lockers under pilot berth
  • U-shaped dinette
  • View from salon to forward cabin
  • Starboard side salon with settee and pilot berth
  • Salon floor
  • View from salon looking aft
  • Galley 1
  • Haley 2
  • Stove and oven
  • Double stainless steel sinks
  • Cutting board cover for sink
  • Navigation station
  • Electric panel
  • Sony Stereo w/MP3
  • Standard Horizon VHF
  • Large screen Garmin color chart plotter
  • 2nd head
  • Quarter cabin with cockpit cushions
  • 1985 Beneteau First
  • Laying in her slip



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Disclaimer: 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/her agents, or his/her surveyors, to instigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.(7034713)