Life in the slow lane, but with more space and more ingenuity than ever on the Linssen Grand Sturdy 52.9
Sturdy steel construction, substantial headroom and berth lengths, exceptionally safe decks to move around on, and a top speed that only eclipses ten knots when the wind is in the right direction.
However, this particular Linssen also comes with a far-reaching reworking of the Dutch company’s usual aft cabin formula.
Although this boat is only 1.3 metres longer than its Grand Sturdy 500 sibling, the extra length has allowed Linssen to reserve the roomy mid-height saloon exclusively for lounging duties, and then site the galley and the adjacent dinette further aft, between the owner’s en-suite cabin and the saloon, rather than in its usual position forward.
The designers have left both areas open to the saloon above, and it’s notable that in scale this spacious galley is in a different league to its predecessors. The only significant loss to ponder is the view out from the dinette.
There are a couple of portholes alongside, but they’re only small, so they can’t even begin to provide the view that you would get from a dinette sited upstairs in the saloon – for that panorama you need to head out into the 52.9’s dinette in the cockpit.
The fit out itself – joinery, head-linings, panelling and so on – is comparatively unsophisticated for a boat costing north of a million pounds, the real joy comes with the practical goodies such as double glazed windows and under-floor heating.
For those inclined to swap the sunroof and hardtop of the wheelhouse version that we tested, there’s the crowning glory of Linssen’s optional electric folding roof – the Variotop – which turns the pilothouse into a completely open air affair.