Beneteau First 260


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), LWL 7.35m (24ft 1in), beam 2.76m (9ft), draught 0.85m to 1.85m (2ft 9in to 6ft 1in), displacement 2,300kg (5,060lb). Price guide: £24,000 to £30,000.