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First 260 Spirit swing keel

The First 260 Spirit, here in "swing keel" version, is a 24’7” monohull sailboat designed by Jean Marie Finot and Pascal Conq. She was built by Bénéteau (France) and made of monolithic fiberglass / polyester. This sailboat was produced between 1994 and 2004 with about 500 hulls completed.

The First 260 Spirit belongs to the First range.

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First 260 Spirit's   Main Features
Model First 260 Spirit
Version Swing keel
Type of hull Monohull
Shipyard
Designer Jean Marie Finot
Pascal Conq
Range First
Construction Hull:
monolithic fiberglass / polyester
Deck:
sandwich balsa / fiberglass / polyester
First built hull 1994
Last built hull 2004
Number of hulls built About 500
Appendages Keel (lifting) :
Swing keel
Helm 1 tiller
Rudder 2 spade rudders
Unsinkable No
Trailerable No
French navigation category 3
Standard public price (indicative only) N/A
First 260 Spirit's   Main dimensions
Length overall 25’ 4”
Hull length 24’ 7”
Waterline length 24’ 1”
Beam (width) 9’ 1”
Draft 6’ 1”
Draft when appendages up 2’ 10”
Light displacement 5181 lbs
Ballast weight 1433 lbs
Ballast type Cast iron
French customs tonnage 6.00 Tx
First 260 Spirit's   Rig and sails
Upwind sail area 390 sq.ft
Downwind sail area 809 sq.ft
Mainsail area 207 sq.ft
Genoa area 183 sq.ft
Symetric spinnaker area 603 sq.ft
Rigging type Sloop Marconi 9/10
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 20 °
IiFore triangle height (from mast foot to fore stay attachment) 33’ 10”
JiFore triangle base (from mast foot to bottom of forestay) 9’ 8”
PiMainsail hoist measurement (from tack to head) 32’ 2”
EiMainsail foot measurement (from tack to clew) 11’ 6”
First 260 Spirit's   Performances
HN (French rating) 14.5
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.
20.48
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.
42.54
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.
168
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.
28 %
Righting moment @ 30°iThe righting moment is a moment (torque) that tends to restore a boat to its previous position after a rotational displacement. Its value corresponds to the torque needed to heel the boat for this angle.
Higher the righting moment is for an angle, greater is the stability at this angle.
8680 lbs.ft
Maximum righting momentiThe righting moment is a moment (torque) that tends to restore a boat to its previous position after a rotational displacement. Its value corresponds to the torque needed to heel the boat for this angle.
Higher the righting moment is for an angle, greater is the stability at this angle.
13019 lbs.ft @ 65.00 °
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.
6.58 knots
First 260 Spirit's   Auxiliary engine
Engine(s) 1
Engine type Inboard engine
Engine (min/max) 9 HP / 14 HP
Fuel type Diesel
Fuel tank capacity 7.9 gal
First 260 Spirit's   Accommodation
Cabin(s) 1
Berth(s) 6
Head(s) 1
Fresh water tank capacity 12.2 gal
Fridge/ice-box capacity 13.2 gal
Maximum headroom 5’ 11”
Galley headroom 5’ 8”
First 260 Spirit's   Saloon
Maximum headroom 5’ 8”
Berth length 6’ 5”
Berth width 2’
First 260 Spirit's   Fore cabin
Berth length 6’ 2”
Berth width 4’ 11”

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