Linssen is one of the most prestigious names in steel boats, so when it comes up with an entry-level cruiser it promises to be something rather special
At just 26ft long, the 25.9 is not only one of the smallest steel cruisers available it is also one of the most intelligent and likeable.
Defying its relatively short hull length, this boat delivers 30ft-levels of interior space and luxury thanks to a full-length coachroof that blurs the line between interior calm and cockpit splendour.
Within the wheelhouse there is a fully protected saloon and galley, perfect as an evening retreat or for when the weather closes in.
Out in the cockpit the same lounge-style seating continues as does a degree of protection thanks to the roof above but you also get to feel and celebrate the outside world.
Working both areas in together means you actually win far more comfort and seating than you would on far larger craft.
This deck layout still leaves space for a huge forward cabin with class-leading headroom and particularly impressive separate toilet and shower compartments.
This layout does make the 25.9 more of a couple’s cruiser than a family boat, but a second berth can be made up in the saloon.
The boat’s solid build means that, although primarily an inland and estuary cruiser, it would be up to some light costal work, though a 6-knot top speed will restrict your aspirations slightly.
Tested December 2009
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One of the most exciting entry-level cruisers offering bags of interior volume