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1981 Beneteau First 42

Annapolis, Maryland


One of the most competitive and stable sailboats of its time, the Beneteau First 42 was designed by the Argentinian architect Germán Frers and recognized in Ferenc Mate's "World's Best Sailboats". Frers yachts have won every major trophy around the world including the Admiral´s Cup, Bermuda Race, Transpac, Whitbread Round the World Race, SORC, Kenwood Cup, San Francisco Big Boat Series, the Two Ton Cup, Maxi World Championships, ILC championships, Louis Vuitton Cup on two occasions, among others.

“The design brief for the First 42 was a fast family cruiser / racer. Beneteau had, and continues to have, very precise building methods and specifications for their production boats including lamination, materials, interior requirements, and rigs. I worked closely with the people at Beneteau, Francois Chalain and Mme. Roux, in the design in order to meet their criteria, which I felt was very sensible and based on solid building experience, which resulted in very good value for (one’s) money.” - German Frers.

CHARDONNAY is a nice 1981 example of this classic racer/ cruiser. With two cabins, two heads and a full galley, she certainly has what it takes to get you wherever you may want to go quickly and comfortably. CHARDONNAY has a successful racing record on the Chesapeake Bay (including winning the Governor's Cup Race twice) and in the Block Island Regatta.

Some of CHARDONNAY’s highlights:

  • 2013 Volvo D2-55 diesel and transmission with under 400 hours
  • Full suite of cruising and racing sails
  • Racing sails inspected and assessed by Quantum in July of 2023
  • Hydraulic boom vang and backstay
  • Lewmar winches
  • Blue Sea Systems electrical panels in 2022
  • Pro-Mariner battery charger in 2022
  • Group 27AGM batteries in 2022
  • Raymarine autopilot
  • Raymarine i60 Wind and i70 Multi displays
  • Northstar chart plotter 
  • DINK sailing dinghy


Have your next boat ready before Spring! Call and make an appointment to come see CHARDONNAY today!

Basic Boat Info

Make: Beneteau
Model: First 42
Year: 1981
Condition: Used
Category: Sail
Builder: Groupe Beneteau
Designer: German Frers
Construction: Fiberglass
Boat Hull ID: BEY00017O781
Has Hull ID: Yes
Keel Type: Fin Keel


Length: 42 ft
Length Overall: 42'11 ft
Waterline Length: 36 ft
Beam: 13'1 ft
Min Draft: 7'3 ft
Displacement: 18,738 lb
Cabin Headroom: 6'4 ft
Ballast: 8818 lb
Double Berths: 3
Twin Berths: 2
Cabins Count: 2

Engines / Speed

Engines: 1
  • Make: Volvo Penta
  • Model: DH3
  • Fuel: Diesel
  • Engine Power: 55hp
  • Type: Inboard
  • Propeller Type: 2 BladeBronze, Folding
  • Engine Location: Center
  • Drive Type: Direct
  • Year: 2013
  • Engine Hours: 355
Displacement Type: Dry Load


Fuel Tank Capacity: 39 gal
Water Tank Capacity: 105 gal


Heads Count: 2
Drive Type: Direct
Boat Class: Cruisers, Racers and Cruisers


Dave van den Arend, CPYB
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Crusader Yacht Sales
7078 Bembe Beach Road
Annapolis, Maryland, US, 21403
Tel:(410) 269-0939


Chardonnay's interior furnishings (curtains, cushions, etc.) were selected and installed by the same interior decorator who designed and installed the interior furnishings on Geraldo Rivera's yacht. 

  • Double stainless-steel sink
  • Gooseneck hot & cold pressure water
  • Top loading icebox with spillover system
  • Dometic 12v refrigeration
  • Force 10 two burner LPG stove with oven, broiler, and safety bar
  • Two aluminum 6 lb. LPG tanks
  • Microwave

Forward head:

  • Laminate countertop with undercounter mounted sink
  • Gooseneck hot and cold-water mixer
  • Pull-out sprayer wand
  • Teak shower grate
  • Jabsco manual head
  • Mirror
  • Towel hooks

Aft head:

  • Laminate countertop with undercounter mounted sink
  • Gooseneck hot and cold-water mixer
  • Pull-out sprayer wand
  • Teak shower grate
  • Jabsco manual head
  • Teak framed mirror
  • Towel hooks
Water Systems
  • 105 gallons of fresh water
  • Hot water heater
  • Electric freshwater pump
  • Electric bilge pump
  • Plastimo manual bilge pump
Hull and Deck
  • German Frers design 
  • Solid fiberglass hull
  • Slotted aluminum toe rail
  • Four mooring cleats
  • Double bow roller
  • Fortress anchor and rode
  • Cruising anchor
  • Five deck hatches
  • Stainless steel bow and stern rails
  • Double vinyl lifelines
  • Port and Starboard boarding gates
  • Teak cockpit grate
  • Teak cockpit seats
  • Teak grab rails
  • Stainless steel swim ladder
  • Bimini with boot
  • Flag staff holder & ensign
Sails and Rigging
  • Furlex roller furler
  • Adjustable Babystay
  • Keel stepped double spreader aluminum mast and boom
  • 1x19 wire standing rigging with raised attachment pad bases
  • Navtec hydraulic boom and backstay adjuster
  • Racing sheets, guys, and halyards
  • Spinnaker pole
  • Spinnaker pole track and car on mast
  • Running backstays
  • Inner Genoa tracks with Garhauer blocks
  • Outer Genoa tracks with adjustable Garhauer blocks 
  • Harken mainsheet car and track
  • Lewmar #55 two-speed self-tailing primary winches (2)
  • Lewmar #42 two-speed secondary winches
  • Lewmar #40 two-speed winches on forward housetop (4)
  • Lewmar #40 two-speed winches on housetop (3)
  • Lewmar #40 two-speed self-tailing winch on housetop
  • Spinlock line clutches (9)
  • Mast steps
  • Winch handles
  • I: 52.80
  • J: 16.73
  • P: 46.60
  • E: 14.60



All cruising and racing sails are Quantum products unless noted.

  • Dacron cruising sails; all inspected and rated "highly serviceable" by Quantum:
  • Main
  • 150% Genoa
  • Light, medium, and heavy air spinnakers (Brands unknown)

Racing sails were inspected and assessed by the Quantum loft in Solomons, Maryland in July of 2023. Here is what they reported:

  • Main - no repairs needed (very good condition)
  • Light #1 Genoa - no repairs needed (good to very good condition)
  • Heavy #1 Genoa - no repairs needed (good condition)
  • #3 Jib- no repairs needed, some mildew in corner patches (good condition)
  • .6 oz. Spinnaker - no repairs needed (good condition)
  • .75 oz. Spinnaker - no repairs needed (good condition)
Engine and Machinery
  • Volvo D2-55F 55HP diesel engine S/N: 987373X (’13)
  • 365 engine hours 
  • Racor R24P fuel/water separator
  • Two-blade bronze folding prop
  • 39 gallons of fuel
  • Electric fuel gauge
  • Instrument cluster with volt, temperature, and tachometer
  • Binnacle and binnacle guard on raised pad to protect from moisture intrusion
  • Morse single lever control
  • 42” wheel with elk hide cover
  • Wheel brake
  • Plastimo compass
  • Hubbell 30A 120V shore power connection with 50’ cord
  • Blue Sea Systems 120V electrical panel ('22)
  • 120V receptacles throughout
  • Blue Sea Systems 12v electrical panel with battery monitor ('22)
  • Two Group 27 AGM batteries ('22)
  • Blue Sea Systems battery switch ('22)
  • Pro Mariner 1240-P 40A battery charger ('22)
  • Northstar 952X GPS navigation system with electronic charts
  • Raymarine ST7002 autopilot control with below deck ram
  • Raymarine i70 Multi display
  • Raymarine i60 Wind
  • Autohelm ST60 TriData
  • Autohelm ST60 Multi display
  • Autohelm ST60 Compass
  • Raytheon Multi display
  • Raytheon TriData display
  • Standard Horizon VHF radio
  • West Marine handheld submersible VHF radio
  • Jensen AM/FM/CD player
  • West Marine cockpit speakers
Other Equipment
  • Fenders
  • Dock lines
  • Cockpit cushions
  • PFD’s
  • Harness’s
  • Teak cockpit table and drink holder
  • Clinometer
  • Brass clock
  • Brass barometer
  • Custom wheel cover
  • Custom sail cover
  • Winter boom tent
  • Summer boom tent
  • Sailing dinghy with sails (no title)
  • Miscellaneous parts and supplies
Disclosure Statement

CHARDONNAY sustained damage in July of 2022 when the marina placed a strap from the travel lift over the prop shaft, opening up a way for water to leak into the vessel. All the wiring and mechanical parts that were underwater were replaced. Seller is willing to warrant for one year from purchase all electrical and mechanical systems from damage that can be reasonably related to exposure to saltwater leaking into the vessel and to create an escrow fund of $20,000 to cover the cost of repair resulting to exposure to salt water. THIS WAS NOT A TOTAL SINKING.

Standard Disclaimer

Potential purchasers should assume that any items on the vessel at the time of viewing, but not specifically listed on this specification sheet, are not included with the sale of the yacht. These specifications are believed to be correct but cannot be guaranteed. Specifications are provided for information purposes. Data was obtained from sources believed reliable but is not guaranteed by owner or brokers. Engine hours are approximate, may be reported verbally by the seller, and are recorded at the time and date of the original listing of this vessel. Owner's use during the time of this listing may affect the total engine hours upon a prospective buyer's inspection. Buyer assumes responsibility to verify all speeds, consumptions, capacities and other measurements contained herein and otherwise provided, and agrees to instruct his/her agents or his/her surveyor to confirm such details prior to purchase. This vessel is subject to sale, price and inventory changes or withdrawal from market without notice.