“… No, the boat was more than its wood hull, lead keel, and canvas sails. The boat was the realization of that inner vision of wind, water, tides, terns, and salt air, it was the summation, the epiphany of a boy’s life as it was, as it would become, as it had to be…”

About the Sailing Vessel: MIST

MIST is a 1983 Beneteau First 38 auxilary sloop acquired on August of 2000 after two months of extensive search. The original search criteria for the boat was for a performance cruising boat between 35-40 feet with a fast modern hull, sea kindly sailing characteristics and cruising comfort for a crew of four. I was looking for a boat capable of coastal and offshore cruising as well as around-the-bouy racing that is comfortable,well construction with high quality materials and workmanship, easily single-handed as well as accomodating for a boat load of racing crew or daysailing friends.

The Beneteau First 38 fulfilled all of my requirements beautifully. She proved to be a fine seacraft with a wonderful sense of balance in speed and comfort. She has consistently made it easy for us to place well in local races one weekend, then go cruising the next week with all the comforts and amenities of a floating home. Her sheer line is gracefully classic – so she still looks good despite her over twenty years, she looks sleek and modern as current generation of sailboats. Where ever we go sailing with her, we have always gotten admiring glances and complimentary remarks from passerby and old salts.

The inspiration for her name comes from two sources. Dictionary defines “mist” as water in the form of particles floating in the atmosphere at or near the surface of the earth and approaching the form of rain. In another words, a medium of both water and air – much like the environment a sailboat must navigate. While this is a clinical explanation of the origin to her name, there is a more poetic aspect to the word “MIST” – which evokes an amorphous and ethereal feelings. There is suspense, mystery and wonderment implied in the word… To me, a sailboat IS a thing of ethereal beauty that is timeless and inspirational.

The second source for the name MIST is more personal. It’s a root word stemming from the name of my first boat “DRAGONMIST”. I wanted some continuity to the naming convention of my boats. The tender for MIST is named “Dragon” and thereby the two traveling in tow pays tribute their predecessors.

MIST participated in a number of local regatta series and perpetual club races as well as beer can series, While winning is always fun, we don’t take racing so seriously to win at all cost or at the expense of fun. We race to improve our boat handling skills as well as to earn the respect of our competitors. Nonetheless, MIST’s racing results shows consistent top scores, reflecting more on the intrinsic gracefulness and efficiency of her design rather than the skills and brawn of owner and crew.

General Specifications

Start of Manufacture: 1982     Use Category (French):

1° Offshore

Manufacture Date:


    French Customs:


Hull Number:

No. 179

    Hull Type:

Fiberglass Keelboat

Type: Performance Cruising Yacht   Rig Type:

Masthead Sloop

Design: Jean Berret   Number of berths:

8 – 9  Persons


40.03 ft.

Overall Length (M.): 12.20 m 40.03 ft   Main Mast Clearance 50 feet
Hull Length (m): 11.75 m 38.55 ft   Cruising speed 6.5 – 7.2 knots
Waterline Length (m): 10.32 m 31.83 ft   Cruising range: 264 NM
Maximum Beam (m): 3.90 m 12.80 ft   Hull Speed 7.3 knots
Draft (m): 1.50 m (Shoal: 5.5 ft;
Std: 6.1 ft)
  Hot Water 5 gallons
Sail Area (m2): 78.50 sq m 257.6 sq ft   Holding Tank 20 gallons
Displacement Weight (t): 7.1 15,652 lbs   Water Capacity 110.0 gal
Ballast Weight (t): 3 6,513 lbs   Fuel Capacity 34.0 gal
Water capacity (l): 400.0 liters 105.68 gal   I  50.20 ft
Fuel capacity (l): 100.0 liters 34.0 gal   J  14.44 ft
Engine size (hp – cv): 50 HP   P 44.30 ft
      E 14.44 ft


TYPE: Beneteau First 38 Auxiliary Sloop; Hull Number 179, SN#
STATISTICS: LOA: 38′, LWL 31.8′, DRAFT 5.8′ – Manufacturer specs at Beneteau
ACCOMODATIONS: Sleeps 9 in 3 staterooms plus salon and pipe berth. Layout
SAIL HANDLING HARDWARE: 10 Lewmar winches: 2 x Lewmar self tailing 48 (Spring Jaw, were produced between 1975-1977 and had 6 allen screws securing the top cap), 6 x Lewmar 30‘s, 2 x Lewmar 24.
Pole: 4″ diameter aluminium spinnaker pole
Adjustable Baby Stay, Adjustable Check Stay, Harken Adjustable Backstay
Double-ended mainsheet, boom-vang & foreguy
SAILS Main: Halsey Lidgard, 8.6 oz. Dacron main with 1 full batten, 3 long battens. Triple set of reef points, cut extra flat for SF Bay. Acquired May 2001
#3: 110% Jib, Windjammer Sails, Luff Tape, Sunbrella cover, recut May 2002.
#2: 125% Genoa deck sweeper, Halsey Lidgard, Luff Tape, Sunbrella cover, cut flat. May 2001
#1: 140% Genoa, Elvstrom, Luff Tape, Sunbrella cover, recut November 2002
Spinnaker: All Purpose Halsey Lidgard, custom colors – primarily black with neon lime & raspberry, April 2002
Asymmetric Cruising Spinnaker: small asymmetric for cruising, custom colors – primarily red, white & blue 2003
ELECTRONICS Standard Communications VHF, Standard Communications Handheld VHF, Standard Horizons Knot Meter, DataMarine Depth Sounder, Garmin GPSMAP 76, Garmin eMap GPS, Garmin Blue Chart, Raymarine Autohelm 3000 autopilot,
SAFETY: Anchors: 15lb Fortress with approximately 6 feet of high tensile chain and 300 feet of 5/8″ nylon line and 33lb Bruce anchors with 20′ chain and 250 feet anchor line. Man Overboard horseshoe, pole and 50′ of line, strobe and whistle, Lifesling2.
DIESEL ENGINE: Perkins 4-108 SN# ED 80138 597114K 9711F
Decipher = ED:4108 EngineType; 80138:Part Number; 597114:SerialNumber; K:France-built
PROPELLER: Gori Folding Prop: SN#41959 – 16.5 x 13 inch prop diameter
OIL FILTER: Perkins # 2654403 or Fram #PH2821A
BATTERIES: 2 x Group N120 battery for house bank; 1 x Group D4 battery for starting; charging voltage manged by West Marine voltage combiner. Each Battery rates >120+ Amp Hours.
Registration: U.S. Coast Guard Documented – Home port is Coyote Point, San Francisco Bay


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