A Beneteau First 405 in the slings at Berthon in Lymington for a pre-purchase survey. These Jean Berret 1980s design are very pretty and sail beautifully. It was arguably Beneteau’s best era and these are becoming classics. I’ve sailed on most of this era of design over the years, skippering a Beneteau First 345 for Island Sailing in the 80’s, sailing with a friend on his Beneteau First 325 based in Corfu, and racing on and against a Beneteau First 375 and another 405 around the Solent. All very pretty yachts that have really stood the test of time.