The **First 265** is a 26’ (7.93m) cruiser-racer sailboat designed by *Finot Conq Architectes* (France). She was built between 1990 and 1997 by *Bénéteau* (France) with 520 hulls completed. The *Wing keel* version is offered with a short keel fitted with large winglets. This configuration provides an interesting draft / low center of gravity / upwind performance trade-off.

The**First 265** is as well listed, on Boat-Specs.com, in Deep draft version (see all the versions compared).

The

- Model
- First 265
- Version
- Wing keel
- Hull type
- Monohull
- Category
- Cruiser-racer sailboat
- Sailboat builder
- Sailboat designer
- Sailboat range
- Country
- France
- Construction
- GRP (glass reinforced polyester):

- Hull: Single skin fiberglass polyester

- Deck: Sandwich balsa fiberglass polyester - Number of hulls built
- 520
- First built hull
- 1990
- Last built hull
- 1997
- Appendages
- Keel : wing keel
- Helm
- Single tiller
- Rudder
- Single spade rudder
- Unsinkable
- No
- Trailerable
- No
- Former French navigation category
- 3
- Standard public price ex. VAT (indicative only)
- N/A €

- Overall length
- 26’ 5”8.05 m
- Hull length
- 26’7.93 m
- Waterline length
- 24’ 11”7.58 m
- Beam (width)
- 9’ 5”2.86 m
- Draft
- 3’ 10”1.15 m
- Light displacement (M
_{LC}) - 4409 lb2000 kg
- Ballast weight
- 1433 lb650 kg
- Ballast type
- Cast iron
- French customs tonnage
- 6.66 Tx

- Upwind sail area
- 414 ft²38.5 m²
- Downwind sail area
- 764 ft²71 m²
- Mainsail area
- 188 ft²17.5 m²
- Genoa area
- 226 ft²21 m²
- Jib area
- 129 ft²12 m²
- Symmetric spinnaker area
- 576 ft²53.5 m²
- I
*iFore triangle height (from mast foot to fore stay top attachment)* - 31’ 4”9.55 m
- J
*iFore triangle base (from mast foot to bottom of forestay)* - 10’ 1”3.07 m
- P
*iMainsail hoist measurement (from tack to head)* - 30’ 6”9.3 m
- E
*iMainsail foot measurement (from tack to clew)* - 10’ 10”3.3 m
- Rigging type
- Sloop Marconi 9/10
- Mast configuration
- Deck stepped mast
- Rotating spars
- No
- Number of levels of spreaders
- 1
- Spreaders angle
- Swept-back
- Spars construction
- Aluminum spars
- Standing rigging
- 1x19 strand wire continuous

- HN (French rating)
*iHN or "Handicap Nationale" is an empirical rating system used in France allowing various monohulls, of different sizes and designs, to race each other fairly. It is particularly suitable for cruiser and cruiser-racer. Therefore, by comparing these values, we can have an indication of the relative speed of 2 boats.* - 14.0
- Upwind sail area to displacement
*iThe 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 25 it indicates a fast sailboat. - 261 ft²/T24.25 m²/T
- Downwind sail area to displacement
*iThe 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. - 481 ft²/T44.73 m²/T
- Displacement-length ratio (DLR)
*iThe Displacement Length Ratio (DLR) is a figure that points out the boat's weight compared to its waterline length. The 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 ratio
*iThe Ballast ratio is an indicator of stability; it is obtained by dividing the boat's displacement by the mass of the ballast. Since the stability depends also of the hull shapes and the position of the center of gravity, only the boats with similar ballast arrangements and hull shapes should be compared.*

The higher the ballast ratio is, the greater is the stability. - 33 %
- Critical hull speed
*iAs 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

- Engine(s)
- 1 inboard engine
- Engine(s) power (min./max.)
- 9 HP / 18 HP
- Fuel type
- Diesel
- Fuel tank capacity
- 7.9 gal30 liters

- Cockpit
- Closed aft cockpit
- Cabin(s)
- 1
- Berth(s) (min./max.)
- 2 / 4
- Head(s)
- 1
- Freshwater tank capacity
- 17.2 gal65 liters
- Fridge/ice-box capacity
- 13.2 gal50 liters

- Maximum headroom
- 6’ 1”1.85 m
- Berth length
- 7’ 2”2.2 m
- Berth width
- 4’ 5”1.35 m

- Berth length
- 6’ 7”2 m
- Berth width
- 4’ 7”1.4 m

Sailboats

First built hull

Hull length

1982

24’ 7”7.5 m

1989

31’ 10”9.68 m

1980

28’ 2”8.6 m

1994

29’ 6”8.98 m

2013

24’ 7”7.5 m

1971

30’9.14 m

1986

21’ 7”6.57 m

1990

26’7.93 m

1987

27’ 2”8.3 m

2002

27’ 2”8.3 m

1994

24’ 7”7.49 m

1979

24’ 10”7.55 m

1984

25’ 5”7.75 m

1990

30’9.14 m

1997

31’ 2”9.5 m