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First 26 fin keel

The First 26, here in "fin keel" version, is a 25’5” monohull sailboat designed by Jean Marie Finot and Pascal Conq. She was built by Bénéteau (France) and made of . This sailboat was produced between 1984 and 1989 with about 300 hulls completed.

The First 26 belongs to the First range. The First 26 is as well listed, on Boat-Specs.com, in version Lifting keel.

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First 26's   Main Features
Model First 26
Version Fin keel
Type of hull Monohull
Category Cruiser-racer sailboat
Shipyard
Designer Jean Marie Finot
Pascal Conq
Range First
Construction Hull:

Deck:
sandwich balsa / fiberglass / polyester
First built hull 1984
Last built hull 1989
Number of hulls built About 300
Appendages Keel :
Fin without bulb
Helm 1 tiller
Rudder 1 transom hung rudder
Cockpit Closed aft cockpit
Unsinkable No
Trailerable No
French navigation category 3
Standard public price ex. VAT (indicative only) N/A
First 26's   Main dimensions
Length overall 26’ 11”
Hull length 25’ 5”
Waterline length 23’
Beam (width) 9’ 2”
Draft 4’ 4”
Light displacement 4409 lbs
Ballast weight 1455 lbs
French customs tonnage 5.80 Tx
First 26's   Rig and sails
Upwind sail area 411 sq.ft
Downwind sail area 743 sq.ft
Mainsail area 140 sq.ft
Genoa area 271 sq.ft
Jib area 110 sq.ft
Stormjib area 45 sq.ft
Symetric spinnaker area 603 sq.ft
Rigging type Sloop Marconi masthead
Rotating spars No
Mast position Deck stepped mast
Spars Mast and boom in Aluminum
Standing rigging 1x19 strand wire continuous
Number of levels of spreaders 1
Spreaders angle 0 °
First 26's   Performances
Upwind sail area to displacementiThe ratio sail area to displacement is obtained by dividing the sail area by the boat's displaced volume to the power two-thirds.
The ratio sail area to displacement can be used to compare the relative sail plan of different sailboats no matter what their size. Upwind : under 18 the ratio indicates a cruise oriented sailboat with limited performances especially in light wind, while over 23 it indicates a fast sailboat.
24.06
Downwind sail area to displacementiThe ratio sail area to displacement is obtained by dividing the sail area by the boat's displaced volume to the power two-thirds.
The ratio sail area to displacement can be used to compare the relative sail plan of different sailboats no matter what their size. Upwind : under 18 the ratio indicates a cruise oriented sailboat with limited performances especially in light wind, while over 23 it indicates a fast sailboat.
43.47
Displacement-Length ratio (DLR)iThe Displacement Length ratio is a figure that points out the boat's weight compared to its waterline length. DLR is obtained by dividing the boat's displacement in tons by the cube of one one-hundredth of the waterline length (in feet).
The DLR can be used to compare the relative mass of different sailboats no matter what their length: a DLR less than 180 is indicative of a really light sailboat (race boat made for planning), while a DLR greater than 300 is indicative of a heavy cruising sailboat.
165
Ballast ratioiThe Ballast ratio is an indicator of the stability; it is obtained by dividing the boat's displacement by the weight of the ballast. Since the stability depends also of the hull shape and the position of the center of gravity, only boats with similar ballast arrangements and hull shape should be considered.
Higher the ballast ratio is, greater is the stability.
33 %
Hull speediAs a ship moves in the water, it creates standing waves that oppose its movement. This effect increases dramatically the resistance when the boat reaches a speed-length ratio (speed-length ratio is the ratio between the speed in knots and the square root of the waterline length in feet) of about 1.2 (corresponding to a Froude Number of 0.35) . This very sharp rise in resistance, between speed-length ratio of 1.2 to 1.5, is insurmountable for heavy sailboats and so becomes an apparent barrier. This leads to the concept of "hull speed".
The hull speed is obtained by multiplying the square root of the waterline length (in feet) by 1.34.
6.42 knots
First 26's   Auxiliary engine
Engine(s) 1
Engine type Outboard or inboard engine
Engine 8 HP
Fuel type Diesel for inboard engine, Gas for outboard
Fuel tank capacity 6.6 gal
First 26's   Accommodation
Cabin(s) 1
Berth(s) (min/max) 2 / 5
Head(s) 1
Fresh water tank capacity 13.2 gal
Maximum headroom 5’ 10”

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