Beneteau First 265

This was the mid-stage development of Finot’s 26ft design – a

muchmodified 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.