Saga and Eivind Amble have succeeded in their goal of providing a boat whose cockpit can be used as the main living area, whatever the weather conditions.
Saga and Eivind Amble have succeeded in their goal of providing a boat whose cockpit can be used as the main living area, whatever the weather conditions. Everything here works very well, and although the 26HT sleeps three, the cockpit will swallow many more for entertaining. Those of you who like the idea of cockpit living would probably add a heater if your plans extend to evenings cooking and dining under the stars.
After sorting out the heart of the boat so well, Saga dragged their heels down below – more attention to detail and finish is needed here.
There is a fully planing version of the 26HT, but for those of you prepared to forgo the 30-knot thing, the slower boat provides a very quiet and economical entry to boating the Scandinavian way.
LOA 26ft 4in (8.03m)
Hull Length 24ft 4in (7.42m)
Beam 9ft 0in (2.75m)
Draught 2ft 8in (0.80m)
Air draught 7ft 9in (2.36m)
Displacement 2.5 tonnes (light) 2.73 tonnes (loaded)
Fuel capacity 44 imp gal (200lt)
Water capacity 14 imp gal (65lt)
Engines Single Yanmar 4JHH2-DT(B)E, 88hp @ 3,600rpm, 4cyl 1.8lt turbo diesel, 2.63:1 gearbox ratio, 4-bladed propeller, 18in diameter by 18in pitch (460mm by 460mm)
RPM Speed Trim GPH MPG Range
2,100 6.4 1.0° 1.27 5.03 177
2,400 7.4 1.5° 1.77 4.18 147
2,700 8.9 2.0° 2.29 3.89 137
3,000 11.0 4.0° 2.77 3.96 140
3,300 13.4 4.0° 2.77 3.96 140
3,600 15.8 4.0° 4.14 3.81 134
Range figures allow for 20% reserve, 50% fuel, 3 crew
Sea state: 6in chop. Wind strength: Force 3
Maximum Speed 15.8 knots
Maximum Range 134 miles @ 3,600/3,850rpm
Cruising Speed 11 knots
Cruising Range 140 miles @ 3,000rpm
Sound levels dB(A) Saloon Cockpit Forecabin
Cruising @ 11 knots 78 75 77
Maximum @ 15.8 knots 80 77 80
Price from £47,950 ex VAT Price as tested £52,435 ex VAT
Contact: Eivind Amble
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