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December 27, 2009:

My name is Brian Stewart and I have successfully produced a new bronze nut for the lifting keel of my first211. The original failed after six years . The new nut is identical to the original and was machined by my self. If any viewers to your site from Ireland need help i can be contacted at first-211 (at)

Best regards, Brian

June 20, 2008

Description and photos of new keel lift from Beneteau.

Attached are drawings of the replacement keel lift mechanism that I recently installed. Also I have included a write up of some of the differences and similarities with the earlier design. Please take a look at the write up and see if it makes sense. If so, feel free to post the drawings and the write up on the owner's web site.
Dennis Whitney

Nice F217 video on YouTube Thanks to Giorgio Angeletti for the link.

First 217 pictures from the 2006 Paris Boat Show from Hervé Floch.

First 217 Home Videos from Italy

New Tech Notes and Picture pages

Mike Beasley has written up the processs for removing and Servicing the keel lift jack on his F211 - it's a bit different than the 210. June 26, 2006

Ever thought about pulling you keel out? Tomaz Vernik has documented the process start-to-finish. See F210 Keel Removal, January 22, 2006.

And here is the perfect winter project: Brightwork Refinishing by Doug McCance, January 22, 2006

F210 Polars Graph, November 4, 2005

Detail pictures of the differences in the new First 217, October 6 2005

Autohelm installation:

F210 videos from

Click here for a 2003 Rendezvous write up by Terry Ellis.

Click here for the Fall 2003 First 210 newsletter

Click here for a 2002 Rendezvous write up by Terry Ellis.

Click here for 2002 Rendezvous race results.

F210 Lines

Website contact: Jay.Harrell (at)