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Looking at 35s5 next week


Jul 26, 2021
Catalina 22 Trailer

Im going to look at a 1993 35s5 next week. So far through my research I’ve heard mixed things about the Volvo Penta 2003 engine and that the headliner tends to fall down. Anything else I should be aware of on an initial look?
Feb 21, 2013
Hunter 46 Point Richmond, CA
Welcome to the forum!!

Volvo Penta engines are pretty good. Have had 4 on 2 different 1984 boats. To dismiss any concerens about the engine suggest getting an engine survey, which is what I did prior to purchasing my recent boat. A good marine and rigging survey will ferret out any other issues. Good luck and let us know what you decided to purchase.

35S5 specf: First 35S5 Lead keel (Bénéteau) - Sailboat specifications - Boat-Specs.com
35S5 data: SailboatData.com - FIRST 35S5 (BENETEAU) Sailboat
35S5 review: Beneteau First 35s5 (sailingmagazine.net)