1996 Beneteau Oceanis 281

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Class Sails
Category Cruisers
Year 1996
Make Beneteau
Length 28'
Propulsion Type Single Inboard
Hull Material Fiberglass
Fuel Type Diesel
Location Riva, MD
Mechanical Equipment

Electrical & Plumbing

12v DC System w/Breaker Panel

(3) 12v Marine Batteries, battery capacity upgraded 2018 for running refrigeration at anchor.

12v Cabin Lights

12v Navigation Lights

110v AC Shorepower System w/Breaker Panel & 4 Outlets

110V 6 x gallon hot water heater (also heated by engine when running)

Shorepower Cord

Electric Bilge Pump

Manual Bilge Pump

Transom Cockpit Shower


Sails & Rigging

Doyle Dacron Main w/Lazyjacks & "Stackpack" cover

140% Doyle Dacron Roller Furling Genoa w/UV Cover

Asymmetric Spinnaker

ProFurl Roller Reefing Genoa System

2 x Lewmar 30 Self-Tailing Genoa Winches

2 x Lewmar 8 Cockpit Mounted Halyard Winch

2 x 4 gang Line Stoppers with Lines Led Aft

Adjustable Genoa Tracks

Rigid Boom Vang

Spinnaker Halyard



Pedestal Steering System w/32" Folding Stainless Steel Wheel

Self-Bailing Cockpit with transom seat opening to Swim Platform

Stainless Steel Swim Ladder

Deck shower

Stern perch seats

Folding cockpit table with drinks holder

Anchor Roller w/Fairleads and Cleats

2 x mid-point cleats on genoa tracks

2 x stern cleats

Self-Bailing Anchor Locker

Anchor with chain and rope

Lifelines  - brand new 2017 season

3 Blade Prop


                Airhead composting head.

                Sink with faucet faucet extends to create stand-up shower

                Storage cupboard below sink, with further storage cupboards above sink

                Opening porthole with roller blind and insect screen


Galley Equipment


Stainless Steel Sink

Hot & Cold Pressurized Freshwater System

Origo 2-Burner Gimballed Alcohol Stove

Double 110v outlet

Generous-sized icebox, with new refrigeration 2019

Silverware drawer

Storage cupboards

Trash can



4 opening portholes and opening overhead Lewmar hatch with roller blinds and insect screens

                Single berth on port and starboard sides

                Storage net

                Chart table

                Clock and Barometer

                Double 110v outlet

Ample storage throughout with built-in lockers and cupboards, as well as large under-settee storage lockers on both side and just behind forepeak

2 x fire extinguishers




                Privacy curtain

2 x berth forepeak

Storage shelf along both sides

Small shelf unit on starboard side

Settee cushion can also be folded down to extend length of forepeak sleeping area

Opening overhead Lewmar hatch with roller blind and insect screen


Aft Cabin

                Double berth

Storage space across stern

Storage shelf along port side

Storage closet on port side

Storage net

3 x opening portholes with curtain covers and insect screens

Double 110v outlet

Additional Equipment


Custom Dodger in Forest Green Sunbrella

Custom Bimini in Forest Green Sunbrella (also matching cover for when folded up)

Dodger / Bimini Connector piece in Forest Green Sunbrella

Cover for wheel in in Forest Green Sunbrella

Custom Cockpit Cushions

2 x West Marine Folding Chairs

Large cockpit locker with internal shelf


Flagstaff and US Flag

Multiple mooring lines

Multiple lifejackets and storage bag

Coast Guard safety equipment

Emergency tiller

Navigation Systems

Electronics & Navigation

Lowrance Chartplotter with AIS and Depth (Fishfinder)

Clipper Duet Wind, Depth.

Icom VHF Radio

AM/FM/Bluetooth Stereo

(2) Salon Stereo Speakers and two on deck.

Plastimo Binnacle Compass

Total Power
18.0 hp
Speed and Distance
Cruising Speed
Nominal Length
Length Overall
Max Bridge Clearance
Fuel Tank Capacity
Fresh Water Tank Capacity
Engine Model Yanmar 2GM20F
Total Power 18hp
Engine Type Single Inboard
Fuel Type Diesel
Hull Shape Other
1996 Beneteau Oceanis 281

With just over 300 of these made in the US, this Beneteau Oceanis 281 is the perfect boat for the sailing couple or young family who are tired of "camping out" and are looking for a well-appointed modern cruising boat with all the necessary amenities. From the reliable Yanmar diesel auxiliary, pedestal wheel steering, and modern sail handling systems; to the spacious, bright, and well-ventilated interior with its beautiful cherry joinery; the Beneteau 281 boasts the same features and quality that have made her bigger sisters so popular these boats do not come on the market that often.

The current owners are in their 14th season with her and over that time, have meticulously maintained her and added many features and upgrades some of the major upgrades include:

·         Refrigeration added, icebox converted to refrigeration (2019)

·         New Airhead Composting Head 2018. Easy to revert back to a traditional Jabsco head if desired.

·         Replaced exhaust elbow (2017)

·         Replaced Engine Coolant Shutoff Valve on Thru Hull (2018)

·         New Racor Primary fuel filter and secondary filter (2017)

·         Total replacement of all potable water pipes and faucets (2016)

·         New lifelines and associated fittings (2017)

·         Zarcor cabin doors fitted (2017) Hatch boards also provided which slide behind doors.

·         Lowrance Chartplotter with AIS (2019)

·         Folding Lewmar Wheel for more space in the cockpit (2018)

·         Fresh Bottom Paint (August 2019)

·         Spinnaker used only 3 times

·         All sails recently replaced.

She has been professionally washed and waxed at the start of each season and has had regular oil and filter changes, cooling impeller, as well as a recent flush and replacement of the engine antifreeze.

Email: sven.finnis@gmail.com

Cell: 202-256-8316


The owners offer the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the

accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his

agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is

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