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1992 Beneteau 35S5

Tiburon, California


This performance cruiser was designed by Jean Berret and Phillipe Starcke--Berret penned a stylish, fast hull and Starcke created a striking art deco-inspired interior done in his hallmark combination of gloss wood, white canvas and brushed aluminum. Their combined efforts produced an immediate hit for Beneteau with the design winning "Best-of-Show" honors when first introduced at the Paris Boat Show in late 1988. Over 400 were built and the design remains very popular on the brokerage market today.

This particular example is the deep draft version (much preferable for the Bay), has low time on the diesel engine and is very clean both topsides and below. She's also competitively priced and one of the few later model Beneteaus for sale anywhere in the Bay are at present.

New listing, more photos up shortly. Boat shown by appointment only, please,


Basic Boat Info

Boat Name: French Silk
Make: Beneteau
Model: 35S5
Year: 1992
Condition: Used
Category: Sail
Builder: Beneteau
Designer: Berret/Starck
Construction: Fiberglass
Boat Hull ID: BEY1L102G192
Has Hull ID: Yes
Keel Type: Fin Keel


Length: 35 ft
Length Overall: 35'5 ft
Beam: 11'10 ft
Min Draft: 6'2 ft
Dry Weight: 11,435 lb
Ballast: 4,202 lb

Engines / Speed

Engines: 1
  • Make: Volvo
  • Model: 2003 HE BT
  • Drive Type: Direct
  • Fuel: Diesel
  • Engine Power: 28hp
  • Type: Inboard
  • Propeller Type: 2 Blade, Bronze
  • Year: 1992
  • Engine Location: Center


Fuel Tanks: 1
Fuel Tank Capacity: 23 gal
Fuel Tank Material: Plastic
Water Tanks: 1
Water Tank Capacity: 80 gal
Water Tank Material: Plastic
Holding Tank Count: 1
Holding Tank Capacity: 12 gal
Holding Tank Material: Plastic


Heads Count: 1
Drive Type: Direct
Boat Class: Racers and Cruisers


Mark Cattell
Marotta Yachts of Sausalito


Marotta Yachts of Sausalito
100 Bay Street
Sausalito, California, US, 94965
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.

Accommodations and Layout

Forepeak forward, step aft to salon with settees port and starboard, double dropleaf table centerline.

Continue aft to L shaped galley port side with masterstaeroom far aft, centerline companionway then nav station and head starboard. 

Galley and Head

L shaped galley with twin round stainless steel deep sinks with hot/cold pressure water (six gallon hot water heater) and manual fresh water foot pump, Optimus three burner propane stove with oven, top loading ice box. Jabsco manual pump toilet.


110V AC / 12V DC. Thirty amp shore power service, two Gp 24 batteries, battery charger, alternator.


Autohelm ST6000 autopilot, Autohelm wind speed/direction indicator, two Autohelm multi displays (depth/knot/log), Icom IC-M56 VHF radio, Plastimo magnetic compass at binnacle.

Deck and Hull

FRP hull with fin keel and spade rudder. Stainless steel stanchions with double lifeline, four mooring cleats, twin anchor rollers on bow, small Danforth achor in anchor locker.

Sails and Rigging

Aluminum double spreader mast with compression post, stainless steel rod standing rigging and adjustable backstay, aluminum boom with dacron mainsail and boomvang, 110% Hood jib on roller furler, two Lewmar #30 self tailing winches, two Lewmar # 43 self tailing winches, inboard genoa track and extruded aluminum toerail with cutouts, all lines lead aft thru 12 rope clutches, Harken mainsheet and traveller.

Bob Perry Review of the 35s5

Ten years later we had the first of the French boats making an impact on the American market. These boats were marketed as cruiser-racers and were distinct from their American competitors in that they broke new ground in terms of squeezing in interior accommodations for a given LOA. Of course, Beneteau led the way and its First 35s5 is an excellent example of the breed. The 35s5 was designed by Jean Berret with an interior designed by Philippe Stark, an internationally renowned interior designer and from a cost-to- value perspective these Stark interiors were impossible to beat.

The 35s5 came in at the tail end of the IOR era, with the pinched stern designed by New Zealand designers, who proved that it was better to take the aft girth penalty and to give the boat a more effective stern shape with more volume and beam aft. This additional volume and beam aft helped cure the IOR boats of their tendency to do the "IOR death roll" and gave them a shape more suitable to super hull speed performance in a breeze off the wind. In profile you can easily see the designer's attempt to still put a "notch" in the run to move the aft girth station forward. This notch lines up precisely with the corner of the transom.

The D/L of the 35s5 is 202. The L/B is 2.99 and that's where the French boats made their mark. They were very beamy and this beam was carried aft to give the boats a lot of usable interior volume. The sectional shape to this design was pure "connect the dots" IOR. The bottom is dead flat and this flat carries forward to pick up the forward depth station point giving the hull shape a very angular look when viewed from ahead.

U.S.-built 35-footers from the 1970s had one quarterberth or maybe two single quarterberths but now with the French models the single quarterberth was expanded to a double quarterberth that wrapped under the cockpit sole and tucked in behind the engine box. This double quarterberth is enclosed in what we call a "stateroom" but that might be stretching the definition of stateroom. It does, however, offer privacy for the couple sleeping aft and that was a new feature. This forced the galley to be contracted but this was typical of most European designs. Philippe Stark did the interior layout and décor touches. I liked his work. The boats had a definite contemporary look to them with their metal trim details but with veneers and solid trim finished in a dark stained mahogany I always felt they had a comfortable feel.

The 35s5 also sees the beginning of the dominance of the fractional rig. This came with the last changes to the IOR and has today become the standard rig for just about all boats. Ironically, the fractional rig predates the masthead rig by many years. The beauty of the fractional rig over the masthead rig was that the headsails are so much smaller. The big sail is on the boom, making it easier to handle. With the mast shoved forward the fractional boats were easier to balance than the old IOR large foretriangle rig that essentially had the mast at Station 4, where you would put it for a two-headsail cutter.

Along with fractional rigs and fat hulls the French introduced the American production boat market to Euro styling. The rules for cabintrunks were thrown out. Portlights became windows of amazing shapes and sizes. Cockpits stretched to take up every available linear inch of the deck length. These boats were distinctly different in appearance from the Tartans, Ericsons and the Sabre lines. You either liked this look or you preferred the more conventional look. But over time the advantages the French models offered in their layouts began to win converts and today you can see the strong influence this type of styling has had on many American models. Look at a modern Hunter for example.

The French boats soon dropped their IOR influenced hull form as IOR died. Freed from girth considerations and the IOR LBG (Length Between Girths), the French boats got beamier and wider aft. This made even more elaborate accommodation plans possible. Today it's not uncommon to see French designs in the 28-foot range that have layouts that would put the Cal 40 to shame. Has this been a trend that is healthy for yacht design? I suppose you can answer that by looking at numbers of boats sold. By those criteria it has been healthy. Skinny boats can be nice too but if you are trying to pack the maximum accommodations into the smallest LOA then the beamy French approach is the most effective.

Robert Perry, Sailing Magazine, November 3 2006

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.

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