0 1993 Beneteau First 53f5 For Sale | Grabau International Yacht Brokerage


€116,000 tax paid

Cult classic Pinifarina styled performance cruiser

General Information

Manufacturer/ModelBeneteau First 53f5
DesignerBruce Farr / Pininfarina
Boat NameHoly Blue
New or UsedUsed
Sale StatusAvailable
Tax/VAT StatusTax paid
LyingNorth Adriatic, Italy


LOA16.2m (53'0")
LWL13.2m (43'0")
Beam4.48m (14'0")
Draft2.45m (8'0")
Hull ConstructionGRP
EnginePerkins M80 T 80hp
Keel TypeFin Keel

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Michele Antonini
Broker - Grabau International Italia

+39 333 74 89 281

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    Iconic performance cruising yacht with Bruce Farr design and Pininfarina styling from the heyday of Beneteau construction. 3-cabins, 3-heads plus crew layout and quite simply, the perfect ‘do it all’ fast family cruiser racer.


    With just three ownerships since her launch in 1994, HOLY BLUE is a fantastic example of the cult classic Pininfarina styled and Bruce Farr designed Beneteau First 53f5.

    Her specification highlights include:-
    • 2.45m standard draft keel
    • Teak laid side decks – replaced 2012
    • Three cabins layout with three heads plus crew cabin in forepeak
    • Stunning Pininfarina designed interior with mahogany joinery and contrasting cast aluminium saloon table ends, marble counters and white cloth upholstery
    • Twin composite helm wheels (plus original stainless steel wheels)
    • Ultra-reliable Perkins 80hp engine – overhauled in 2018
    • Paguro 3kw generator – overhauled in 2018
    • AGM batteries
    • Inverter
    • Rod Standing rigging – replaced 2012 and inspected 2018
    • Electric halyard winch
    • Watermaker
    • Air conditioning and heating
    • Radar
    • 2,50m tender with outboard engine
    • Electric operated aft bathing platform
    • Sanguinetti mooring winch
    • TV LCD

    Based in the Mediterranean since new, HOLY BLUE is now reluctantly offered for sale due to her owner’s lack of time to enjoy her fully.

    • Engine – overhauled end of 2018
    • Generator– overhauled 2018
    • Teak deck – replaced 2012
    • Batteries 2018 5x120ahm – 2018
    • Carica batterie 2018 – 2018
    • Standing rigging – Believed replaced in 2012 and checked 2018.


    This inspiration which marries the lines of the deck without anything being able to restrain it. This inspiration which crosses the hull without the slightest turbulence. This inspiration which never wanes is that of the First 53 F 5. This impression combined with the power and lightness inspired by the First 53 F 5 is simply the expression of a talent. The talent of Beneteau, Pininfarina and Bruce Farr.


    The sensation mixed with the power and agility that is the First 53F5, is quite simply the expression of a triple talent. The talent of Beneteau, Pininfarina and of Farr Yacht Design. A yacht for ocean-going cruises but perfectly at ease amongst the finest Admiral's Cup fleet, daring to be faster than the one-off IOR 50 footers - something that has rarely been seen. Unique surroundings created by the finest materials, curved forms, intelligently distributed lighting, an inventory both aesthetic and functional. The twin leather sheathed steering wheels leave the cockpit clear and allow the helmsman to be in the best observation position constantly, upwind or downwind. The First 53F5. Her symbolic flower - the Compass Rose!



    RCD Status:
    • We understand the yacht is exempt from the essential safety requirements of Directive 94/25EC (Recreational Craft Directive) as she was in use prior to 1998.

    Hull, Deck & Superstructure Construction:
    • Solid laminates of fiberglass cloth and resin with a fiberglass grid system bonded to the hull to withstand stresses generated by the rig and keel.
    • The decks are constructed of a composite utilizing various core materials to reinforce the structure.
    • Teak deck finish – replaced 2012
    • White gelcoat finish

    Keel & Rudder:
    • Cast iron keel fixed with stainless steel bolts.
    • GRP spade rudder


    Engine & gearbox:
    • Perkins M80 T 4-cylinder diesel engine producing 78hp @ 4,500rpm.
    • Single lever gear/throttle control
    • Fresh water engine cooling via raw-water intake and heat exchanger
    • Engine access from front, both sides and aft end
    • Engine can be used as a safety bilge pump

    Engine Hours & Maintenance:
    • Engine overhauled zero hours 2018
    • Engine hours since zero-hour overhaul approx. 400 as of Summer 2022

    Propulsion & Steering:
    • Gori 3-blade overdrive propeller
    • Shaft driven with p-bracket stainless steel propeller shaft
    • Goiot helm pedestal
    • Chain and wire steering system
    • Emergency steering gear
    • Original Beneteau steering wheels plus 2 sets of carbon fibre steering wheels


    Voltage systems:
    • 12vDC domestic system with 12vDC starting circuit and 220vAC via shore power, inverter or generator

    Battery Banks:
    • 5x AGM 100Ah services batteries – 2018
    • 1x AGM 100Ah services batteries – 2018

    • Quick 12vDC battery charger – 2018

    • 12vDC 100Amp engine-mounted alternator

    • 600Ahm 12vAC/220vAC inverter

    Other Electrical:
    • Electrical control panel with thermal breakers.
    • 12v sockets, voltmeter, ampere meter and battery test at DC panel.
    • 220vAC shore power connection
    • 220vAC sockets throughout interior


    Fresh Water:
    • 12vDC fresh water pump
    • Par accumulator tank
    • The hot freshwater circuit is led into a well-insulated hot water tank, heated by engine or 220v AC immersion heater element

    Bilge Pumps:
    • 12vDC electric bilge pump.
    • Manual bilge pump in cockpit.


    • 450 litres fuel capacity in 2x stainless steel tank beneath forward berth
    • Filling of fuel tank is through deck inlet.

    Fresh Water:
    • 2x 200litres structural tanks with a total capacity of 400 litres beneath port and starboard saloon settees
    • Filling of water tanks is through deck inlet.

    • Raymarine SL 72 GPS chart plotter mounted to steering pedestal
    • Raymarine SL 72 GPS chart plotter mounted in the chart table
    • 3x Raymarine wireless Maxiviewer multi-repeaters at the mast
    • Raymarine ST 7001 with cockpit and nav table control
    • Raymarine ST60 wind transducer
    • Raymarine scan array 24mn radar
    • Venus steering compass
    Communications Equipment:
    • Shipmate RS 8110 VHF with DSC cockpit and chart table


    • ENO gimballed stainless steel 4-burner gas stove and oven.
    • Twin stainless steel bowl sink with mixer tap
    • Top opening refrigerator
    • Front opening refrigerator

    • 3x Jabsco manual marine heads
    • Crew cabin electric heads
    • Each head has its own pump to pump the water out
    • Hot & cold pressurised water supplies with showers.

    • Electric heater powered by shorepower

    Air conditioning:
    • 220vAC reverse cycle air condition systems to saloon and aft cabins

    Interior Lighting:
    • Interior deckhead and LED reading lights as appropriate to each cabin.

    • LCD TV
    • JVC CD/radio stereo system with 4 speakers


    Summary of Accommodation:
    • Owner’s cabin version plus crew cabin forward
    • Up to 7-berths in 3-cabins plus the saloon. Three heads.

    Accommodation Finish:
    • Highly polished dark mahogany joinery throughout
    • Contrasting aluminium and stainless steel fittings
    • Contrasting white cloth upholstery
    • Alcantara clothes for port and starboard saloon settees
    • Marble counters in galley
    • Retractable sun-blinds in saloon
    • Opening side ports in saloon
    • Sky-screen above opening deckhead port in forward cabin
    • Moulded GRP heads compartments with mahogany trim

    Accommodation Description from Forward:

    Forward Cabin:
    • Centre king size bed
    • Large opening deckhead hatches with sky-screen
    • Hanging lockers
    • Mirrored front
    • Teak counter
    • Reading lights.
    • Access to ensuite heads with shower cubicle.
    • Marine head
    • Wash basin inset to a countertop with hot and cold mixer tap.

    Forward Ensuite Heads:
    • Accessed from within forward cabin.
    • Jabsco manual marine heads.
    • Fold-down shower seat.
    • GRP moulded heads compartment.
    • Lockers with mirror front.
    • GRP inset sink with hot & cold fresh water supply and shower attachment.

    • C settees to starboard with and middle C sofa with clothes
    • Central saloon folding table
    • Cupboard stowage outboard to port and starboard with sliding access
    • Side counter stowage
    • Reading lights

    • Saloon area to port.
    • In-Line shaped configuration
    • Marble counters
    • Twin stainless steel sinks with hot & cold fresh water supply and additional salt water pump
    • Large top opening frigoboat fridge
    • Large front opening fridge
    • Stowage outboard
    • Pull-out larder stowage
    • Large bin.
    • Sliding food-preparation panel.

    Chart Table:
    • Aft galley to portside.
    • Forward facing full-size chart table.
    • AC/DC panel outboard

    Aft Cabins:
    • Large double berth with stowage beneath and outboard
    • Hanging locker
    • Stowage lockers
    • Opening ventilation port to cockpit
    • Access to aft and side of engine plus top access to gearbox and shaft
    • Ensuite heads with shower cubicle

    Aft Heads:
    • Jabsco manual marine heads.
    • Fold-down shower seat.
    • GRP moulded heads compartment.
    • Lockers with mirror front.
    • Wet locker,
    • GRP inset sink with hot & cold fresh water supply and shower attachment.


    • Sparcraft anodised aluminium keel stepped masthead rigged mast
    • Three sets of swept back spreaders
    • Sparcraft anodised aluminium boom
    • Anodised aluminium boom vang
    • Facnor sub-deck furler
    • Hydraulic backstay and vang adjustment
    • Removable check stays
    • Rod standing rigging – believed replaced in 2012 and further checked in 2018
    • German mainsheet system
    • Fully-battened mainsail system with Harken battencars
    • All control lines led aft beneath coachroof
    • Adjustable genoa tracks – controlled from cockpit
    • Factory fitted spinnaker gear with mast track.
    • Aluminium spinnaker pole
    • Spinnaker sheets, blocks and guys
    • Spinnaker uphaul and bridle downhaul
    • Symmetrical and asymmetric spinnaker halyards
    • Foldable stainless steel bowsprit for asymmetric gennaker
    • Single-line reefing system with 2x reefs

    • 8x Lewmar 2-speed self-tailing winches, 1 of which powered for halyards

    • Cruising main sail Dyneema – 2017
    • Cruising genoa Dyneema – 2017
    • Quantum carbon genoa – serviceable
    • Quantum carbon genoa medium – serviceable
    • Racing batten jib
    • Staysail dacron
    • Gennaker
    • 3x North Sails Spinnaker (storm, light, medium)

    • Stainless steel pushpit and pulpit
    • Pushpit seats
    • Stainless steel wire guardrails with stainless steel stanchions.
    • Gates in guard rails to the; port, starboard and the transom.
    • Stainless steel ladder at bathing platform
    • Aluminium slotted bulwarks
    • Folding and removable cockpit table
    • Lazarette locker aft to starboard
    • Gas bottle locker aft
    • Cockpit shower
    • Carbon fibre white painted aft antenna pole

    Anchoring & Mooring:
    • Lofrans 12vDC 1500w reversing electric anchor windlass with Quick local control and remote control
    • Spare Inox anchor
    • 35kgs CQR anchor with approximately 80m 10mm of chain
    • Stainless steel anchor swivel
    • Warps and 8x fenders
    • Mooring clears bow and stern with additional midships cleats
    • Sanguinetti retractable mooring winch
    • 4 mooring lines

    Covers, Cushions & Canvas:
    • Beige canvas stackpack with lazyjacks – 2018
    • Beige canvas bimini witt stainless steelfolding frame – 2018
    • Black canvas sprayhood with stainless steel frame
    • Cockpit cushions
    • Old green canvas available

    Tender and outboard engine:
    • Aluminium rigid bottom 2,50m tender – 2018
    • 9,9hp outboard engine – 2018


    General note on safety equipment: Any safety equipment such as liferafts, Epirbs, fire extinguishers and flares etc. are usually personal to the current owner(s) and if being left on-board as part of the sale of a used vessel may require routine servicing, replacement, or changing to meet a new owners specific needs.

    Lifesaving Equipment:
    • 2x 6 person liferafts 2018 – to be serviced
    • EPIRB - 2018

    Viewing arrangements

    Lying: North Adriatic, Italy

    Available to view strictly by appointment

    Office Hours Mon- Fri 0900 – 17.00
    Saturday by prior appointment

    For more information or to arrange a viewing please contact us.

    Please Note: Due to the varying locations of our yachts, your travel time and the distances that may be involved, we recommend that you only make arrangements to view if you are actively considering purchase.

    Lead Broker: Michele Antonini – Grabau International (Italia)
    Tel: +39 333 74 89 281
    Email: enquiries@grabauinternational.com

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