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First 265 wing keel

The First 265, here in "wing keel" version, is a 26’ 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 1990 and 1997 with 520 hulls completed.

The First 265 belongs to the First range. The First 265 is as well listed, on Boat-Specs.com, in version standard.

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First 265's   Main Features
Model First 265
Version Wing keel
Type of hull Monohull
Category Standard cruiser-racer sailboat
Shipyard
Designer Jean Marie Finot
Pascal Conq
Range First
Class standard
Award standard
Construction Hull:
monolithic standard / fiberglass / polyester standard
Deck:
sandwich balsa / fiberglass / polyester standard
First built hull 1990
Last built hull 1997
Number of hulls built 520
Appendages Keel :
Wing keel
Helm 1 tiller
Rudder 1 spade rudder
Cockpit Closed aft cockpit
Unsinkable No
Trailerable No
French navigation category 3
Standard public price ex. VAT (indicative only) N/A
First 265's   Main dimensions
Folding type Standard
Length overall 26’ 5”
Hull length 26’
Waterline length 24’ 11”
Beam (width) 9’ 5”
Draft 3’ 10”
Light displacement 4409 lbs
Ballast weight 1433 lbs
Ballast type Cast iron
Water ballast Standard
French customs tonnage 6.66 Tx
First 265's   Rig and sails
Upwind sail area 414 sq.ft
Downwind sail area 764 sq.ft
Mainsail area 188 sq.ft
Genoa area 226 sq.ft
Jib area 129 sq.ft
Symetric spinnaker area 576 sq.ft
Rigging type Sloop Marconi 9/10
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 Swept-back
IiFore triangle height (from mast foot to fore stay attachment) 31’ 4”
JiFore triangle base (from mast foot to bottom of forestay) 10’ 1”
PiMainsail hoist measurement (from tack to head) 30’ 6”
EiMainsail foot measurement (from tack to clew) 10’ 10”
First 265's   Performances
HN (French rating) 14.0
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.
24.25
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.
44.73
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.
130
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.
6.68 knots
First 265's   Auxiliary engine
Engine(s) 1
Engine type Inboard engine
Engine (min/max) 9 HP / 18 HP
Fuel type Diesel
Fuel tank capacity 7.9 gal
First 265's   Accommodation
Cabin(s) 1
Berth(s) (min/max) 2 / 4
Head(s) 1
Fresh water tank capacity 17.2 gal
Fridge/ice-box capacity 13.2 gal
First 265's   Saloon
Maximum headroom 6’ 1”
Berth length 7’ 2”
Berth width 4’ 5”
First 265's   Aft cabin
Berth length 6’ 7”
Berth width 4’ 7”

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