A major step up from the ubiquitous Rhodes 19s available in Wellfleet and Provincetown, the Beneteau First 235 is a legitimate mini-yacht.
With a very fast hull, shoal draft wing keel, and dozens of racing fleets and fan clubs worldwide, she is agile and quick through the water.
And with a 2-burner gimballed stove, icebox, and sink in the galley, enclosed head, chart table, and sleeping for 4-to-6 below, she is a real weekend cruiser.
Rigging is ultra-simple, with all lines led to the cockpit: 2 halyards to raise main and jib, Harken traveller for the main, and self-tailing Lewmar winches for the jib.
Instruments are simple and clear, with a brand new Ritchie compass, and 4-in-one depth-finder, speedo, wind-speed, and DTO unit.
The Yamaha 9.9hp 4-stroke electric-start outboard is quiet, powerful, and reliable.
With extendable tiller steering and a deep adjustable racing rudder, the Beneteau 235 is a joy to sail.
She draws 2'-9" for shallow bay waters, and, with beaching legs, can rest vertically at lower tides for onshore exploration.
Step up from the sandy dinged-up harbor puddleducks, and into a quick, clean, well-appointed weekend cruiser.
We had a great morning sailing out of Wellfleet! Rolf was terrific with us; when he saw that we were a little unsure of ourselves navigating the channel back upwind, he volunteered to accompany us as long as we needed- my wife is a beginner sailor, so it was great to have him join us on the jib on a brisk day. Nice boat in good condition and Rolf was willing to outfit it with whatever amenities we would require. Highly recommend!