Best Boats: Beneteau First 25 S—video
Two keel configurations are available. The standard fixed keel draws 4ft 9in, while the optional swing keel deploys to 6ft 1in. It also snugs up to where it draws just under 3ft—a draft that can be reduced no further because of the boat’s shaft and prop. The extra $1,200 for the retractable (hand-cranked) keel will be worthwhile if you sail in skinny waters or plan to trailer the boat to new cruising grounds.
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