Beneteau First 211 Reviews

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An ultra-modern small fast cruiser/racer – in style very much a miniaturised Open 60, the Beneteau First 211 offers very high sailing performance for her size, plus simple accommodation for up to four. The boat is very much dinghy-style to sail, although the keel does make her self-righting, and foam buoyancy renders her unsinkable. Whether or not a trailer is included has a significant effect on price, as does age and condition/inventory.

Designed by Groupe Finot, and introduced in 1998 as a replacement model for the 1992 model First 210, the Beneteau First 211 is a small high performance yacht designed to be simple to sail, and able to take the ground or be trailed. The words ‘pocket rockets’ tend to be used to describe these boats!

The design was revised to become the Beneteau First 21.7 in 2005. All three models, 210, 211 and 21.7 are very similar in style and concept, and share many actual components, probably including the hull moulding itself.

The hull of the Beneteau First 211 is solid GRP, with sandwich construction for the deck moulding. There is foam buoyancy at bow and stern, guaranteeing unsinkability. The ballasted drop keel is raised by by a manual jack, and allows easy transport of the boat as well as drying out if required, supported level by the twin rudders.

The sailplan has a non-overlapping jib to keep sheet loads down, and a large spinnaker to achieve high speeds downwind. With almost 6 ft draught with keel down, and twin rudders for control, upwind performance is also excellent.


Bènèteau, France


21′ 0″

Sail area

271 sq ft main and genoa, plus 405 sq ft spinnaker


19′ 8″




8′ 2″




2′ 4″ keel up to 5′ 10″ keel down




2,425 lbs




772 lbs


typically 4 – 6

Keel type

Profiled cast iron drop keel with twin rudders




Beneteau First 211

Review Date : Thu, 24 Sep 2009

Author : Yachting Monthly

Beneteau First 211 – a boat aimed at the young family moving up from a dinghy

Group Finot updated its entry-level trailer-sailer for Bénéteau, the First 210, in 1998. The result was the First 211 – in many ways very similar to its predecessor and equally successful. The accommodation was a little better, with bunks for four, but the hull and rig were substantially the same.



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