With oodles of workboat accessories, has Linssen made the toughest steelboat yet?
With chunky rubber fendering, a magma red hull and a white superstructure, Linssen’s traditional look has been given a workboat ‘Nordic’ makeover.
Until recently, Dutch steel cruisers tended to sport traditional aft cabins. The main advantage of the Sedan format over the AC layout is that you can avoid all that scurrying up and down a companionway. The downside is you lose the spacious master cabin aft but given that many of us boat as couples, a choice of sleeping accommodation isn’t always the main concern.
There is only one sleeping cabin, which is pleasant and roomy, but if you need to put up friends or family for a few nights, the saloon dinette will convert into a good-sized double berth.
Washing facilities are split between a toilet compartment and a large, separate shower cubicle, and this practical idea works to everyone’s advantage.
Unlike the AC layout, the Sedan has no exterior driving position – the port-side helm sits ahead of the galley in the saloon. If you’re worried this might feel a bit enclosed, you can open up the area by opting for the ‘Variodeck’ – a large sliding sunroof for an extra £11,110.
On the water the hull’s full-length keel ensures plenty of directional stability and when the rudder is put over it can still turn in its own length without any help from the bow thruster.
It you want to maintain a healthy balance between economy and progress, a cruising speed of 6 knots at 2200rpm delivers just over 5mpg. An extra couple of knots are available should you need to punch a tide, and it was good to find that the bow doesn’t bury itself in too much water but lifts slightly and parts the water cleanly.
Tested in June 2010
There's no denying Linssen build quality boats, and 29.9 Sedan works well as either a tourer or a weekend cottage. It's certainly different and it makes good sense if you intend exploring in earnest.