Interesting French racercruiser

21' 8" 23' 4" 20' 4" 2' 2"/5' 9" 33' 0"

outboard 3 to 6 hp 35%

Group Finot Beneteau 1986-1992 264 sq. ft. portable 13 gal.

Min./max. draft: Bridge clearance: Power: B/D ratio:

21' 8" 23' 4" 20' 4" 2' 2"/5' 9" 33' 0"

outboard 3 to 6 hp 35%

Designer: Builder:

Years produced: Sail area: Fuel tankage: Water tankage:

Group Finot Beneteau 1986-1992 264 sq. ft. portable 13 gal.

Approx. trailering wgt.: 3,300 lbs.

Here is a boat you might call elegant, if you like the French approach to design—all rounded corners and brushed aluminum. It may take time to get over the idea that she's not 231/2 feet long. (She's really only 21' 8" on deck, without the rudder, and even her official LOA is only 23' 4" . . . so where does the "235" come from? Marketing!) You can buy the boat three ways. She came with a swing keel (5' 9" full down, 810 lbs. ballast, as shown here) or a fin keel (3' 9" fixed, 950 lbs. ballast). Both rate about 189 PHRF. Or you could opt for a winged keel (less draft than the fin keel, about 195 PHRF, not best for racing). If you want to race against other classes, you may want to try for the swing-keel model—or you may find a local Beneteau one-design fleet to go against. The marketers have a good Internet "club" for owners to stay in touch. Best features: Roomy cabin with good headroom and enclosed head. Very pretty, very sleek, very . . . French. Worst features: That aft berth under the cockpit is a bear to climb into or out of.

Avg.

Max.

Motion

Space

No. of

Head-

Comps

LOD

Beam

MinDr

Displ

Bllst

SA/D

D/L

PHRF

Speed

Index

Index

Berths

room

Capri 22

22' o"

8' 0"

2' 8"

2,150

800

22.0

120

201

6.0

10.0

301

4

3' 9"

Cal 22

22' o"

7' 9"

2' 10"

2,275

950

20.6

135

234

5.9

11.3

314

4

4' 6"

Beneteau First 235 (22)

21' 8"

8' 2"

2' 2"

2,310

810

24.2

123

192

6.0

10.2

393

4

5' 4"

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