The “Open Launch” configuration of the SOMES SOUND 26 diverges from the more extensive accommodations we offer in the larger vessels.
The hull design embodies an easily driven semi-displacement hull which is relatively light and very maneuverable. It is in keeping with the traditional lines and function of our Maine lobster boat. In addition, it incorporates some of the contemporary performance concepts. The bow entry sections have a modified “V” shape including lifting strakes and spray rails. The midship and after sections gravitate into a flat, straight runout with “soft round chine.” She carries her 9’2” – beam well aft, yet does not appear boxy due to the lovely round tumble-home curvature of the transom. The sheer is also somewhat remarkable being relatively low aft, affording easy access to the water, local floats, and docks.
The engine is a Yanmar 6YA-STE 230hp marine diesel. The interior construction consists primarily of wood. Beams are Oregon fir covered by marine plywood and a traditional teak deck. The cockpit sole has fir floor timbers, covered by marine plywood and subsequently a teak platform. All the joinery work, engine hatch, console, coamings, seats, lockers, etc. are varnished teak. The console houses the steering control, engine controls, compass, mechanical connections and the electronic equipment. The electrical panel is also installed in the console. The engine box top has fiddles around the edges and is fitted with a cushion. It is insulated for sound. All hardware is bronze and there is an oak sampson post with a bronze cap with a star. A fold down dodger covers the forward seats and has a privacy curtain for a head mounted under the forward seating.
It rises gradually forward intersecting a lovely stem line; the high bow provides a generous forward storage locker for a day boat and wards off the unwanted spray often caused by the prevailing chop. The underbody includes a full, built-down keel, propeller aperture, and skeg to afford a good-size bronze rudder.
The Somes Sound 26 is built on a conventional molded fiberglass hull. The interior construction consists primarily of wood. Beams are Oregon fir covered by marine plywood and a traditional teak deck. The cockpit sole has fir floor timbers, covered by marine plywood and subsequently a teak platform. All the joinery work, engine hatch, console, coamings, seats, lockers, etc., are either teak or Honduras mahogany and varnished. There is a canvas “Navy” top supported by bronze bows that covers the cockpit coaming. The top provides excellent shelter from the inclement weather as well as protection while on the mooring. The top is easily removed and lies furled on deck when not in use.
|Cruising Speed||18-22 knots|
|Top Speed||26 knots avg.|