Beneteau First 260 - fast, responsive and well-balanced

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Beneteau First 260


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The 260, launched in 1996, is quite a different boat to the 265 that preceded her. With a lifting keel, short, dart-like coachroof and simplified interior, she was a big hit in France but less popular over here, where the fixed keel and ‘offshore’-style interior of the 265 was appreciated. There was no doubting, though, that the 260 was a great boat to sail: fast, responsive and well-balanced. But for family coastal cruising she was, perhaps, a bit of a handful.

The accommodation was perfectly practical with four berths in two cabins separated by a midships heads. There was a small galley aft and an aft-facing chart table. Fit-out was simple but robust, with bright, cheerful décor. The boat remains in production, virtually unchanged, as the 25.7.


LOA:7.49m (24ft 6in)
Draught:0.85m to 1.85m (2ft 9in to 6ft 1in)
Displacement:2,300kg (5,060lb)
LWL:7.35m (24ft 1in)
Beam:2.76m (9ft)
Price Guide:£24,000 to £30,000
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