Beneteau First 265

Review Date : Thu, 24 Sep 2009

Author : Yachting Monthly

Beneteau First 265 - spacious with a lifting keel as standard

This was the mid-stage development of Finot's 26ft design - a much modified 1991 version of the First 26, first launched in 1984. (The later 260 Spirit was more of an enlarged 210.) She came with a lifting keel as standard.

The saloon was open-plan with the settees running forward to make long vee-berths with a table between them. There was a full, forward-facing chart table and an effective galley.

With a little bit of extra length compared to her smaller sisters, the heads included a wet hanging locker and the double aftercabin had much improved stowage. Five hundred were built.

LOA 7.93m (26ft), LWL 7.58m (24ft 10in) beam 2.86m (9ft 4in), draught 1.15m to 1.5m (3ft 8in to 5ft), displacement 2.000kg (4,400lb). Price guide: £20,000 to £25,000.

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