One of Beneteaus several footers

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

various, diesel 10 hp 30%

Designer: Builder:

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

Group Finot Beneteau 1984-1991 296 sq. ft. 10 gal. 52 gal.

Approx. trailering wgt.: 6,900 lbs.

Beneteau has offered a number of boats in this size range over the years. This one, which is 26' 11" LOA but only 25' 5" LOD, comes with either a "pivoting retractable keel" (i.e., weighted centerboard) or a fixed keel with 4' 3" draft. The Beneteau brochure says the designer "played for space," and if the Space Index (584) is any indication, Jean-Marie Finot hit the jackpot on space versus most of the comps shown here, the Ericson 25 Mk II being the exception. The brochure also notes a stable, stiff hull and a generous sailplan. These parameters seem no more remarkable than any of her comps, except that her PHRF of 192 suggests a better potential for speed. Best features: The cabin layout is refreshingly unusual, with a dedicated space for a navigator's station, a head located aft, and a complete-looking galley (except for no icebox!). Worst features: The diesel engine, housed under the companionway ladder, will make the aft double berth hot in summer (but cozy in winter, if you like sailing among the icicles).

Avg.

Max.

Motion

Space

No. of

Head

Comps

LOD

Beam

MinDr

Displ

Bllst

SA/D

D/L

PHRF

Speed

Index

Index

Berths

room

Beneteau First 26 (25)

25' 5"

9' 2"

2' 9"

4,814

1,455

16.6

177

192

6.4

16.0

584

4

4' 3"

Ericson 25 Mk II

25' 5"

9' 3"

3' 11"

5,000

2,000

17.8

214

213

6.3

17.3

622

5

6' 1"

Kaiser 25

25' 4"

7' 1"

3' 7"

5,000

2,250

15.5

367

273

5.7

24.3

468

4

6' 2"

Westerly Tiger 25

25' 1"

8' 9"

4' 3"

5,264

2,240

12.5

226

225

6.3

19.7

447

5

5' 3"

Beachcomber 25

25' 4"

8' 0"

1' 3"

5,300

1,400

14.5

188

NA

6.5

20.8

510

5

5' 10"

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