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ceeceebee
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Boat Type: Beneteau First 260, First 36.7

« on: February 04, 2012, 08:07:43 am »

Hey all,

First post here. I THINK I own the only Beneteau First 260 in the USA. Mine was brought over privately several years ago. Beneteau still makes it in France (as the First 25.7) and it was of Jean-Marie Finot's favorite boats.... He personally owned one for a long time. Blue J is  1996 model with a Volvo 2010 diesel. Here a picture of us on the water at anchor....





Up the mast:


Underway:


Vid of the inside:
http://youtu.be/ZrUyrjliYb4






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« Reply #1 on: February 04, 2012, 04:10:17 pm »

Thanks very much. Looks like a terrific boat. So Finot owned one....Wow!  Interesting fact.
As an owner of an IOR design, the twin rudder setup seems very attractive.


Randy Browning
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ceeceebee
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Boat Type: Beneteau First 260, First 36.7

« Reply #2 on: February 04, 2012, 06:17:21 pm »

Randy,

Thanks, we are loving the boat. With the wide transom of these boats, the dual rudders is really needed. The plus side is a very nice ride off the wind. Regarding JM-F owning one, I had heard this was true, but just recently had the occasion to correspond with a designer at Finot-Conq. His response to my question:

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Clay,
Thanks for the kind words and the pretty picture. I will pass your regards to Jean-Marie Finot.
He indeed owned a First 260 for quite a long time.
Best regards,

David
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« Reply #3 on: February 05, 2012, 04:21:33 pm »

I always wondered what the minus side was.  Maybe extra drag in light air. I would kill to have a Figaro II, though I have never actually sailed one.
Since we know for a fact that J. M. Finot did, in fact own one of these (FIRST 260), I have added  a mention of this as a comment in the 260 record.

Thanks very much.

Randy Browning
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ceeceebee
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Boat Type: Beneteau First 260, First 36.7

« Reply #4 on: February 06, 2012, 09:36:03 am »

Yes a little big of drag, and of course the extra mechanical complexity. But is being more and more common as the transoms get wider and flatter. The New First 30 is dual rudders, as the the new Sense 43 and 50.

Oh re the datapage update David was not an owner but a designer at Finot-Conq.
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« Reply #5 on: February 07, 2012, 09:20:09 am »

Yes a little big of drag, and of course the extra mechanical complexity. But is being more and more common as the transoms get wider and flatter. The New First 30 is dual rudders, as the the new Sense 43 and 50.

Oh re the datapage update David was not an owner but a designer at Finot-Conq.
Yes, I've seen the new Juan K. First 30. Beneteau seems to always hire the top tier designers for new models.
My intention was to give you the credit. So I changed David to 'ceeceebee'.

Thanks again.

rb
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