The “Open Launch” configuration of the Somes Sound 26 diverges from the more extensive accommodations we offer in our larger vessels.
The design was based on the OldPort 26 Marine Launch hull, a 1980s semi-displacement classic with a graceful shear, flared bow, and wide beam carried to the transom – roomy and easily driven.
Our hull is relatively light, very maneuverable, and incorporates contemporary performance concepts. That includes bow entry sections that have a modified “V” shape along with lifting strakes and spray rails. The midship and aft sections progress into a flat, straight run-out with a soft chine. She carries her 9’2” beam well aft, but doesn’t appear boxy due to the lovely tumblehome curvature of the transom. The sheer is also remarkable, with a relatively low slope aft, affording easy access to the water, floats, and docks. The high bow wards off choppy spray and also provides a forward storage locker that’s generous in size for a day boat. The underbody includes a full, built-down keel, propeller aperture, and skeg that accommodates a good-size bronze rudder.
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 then a teak platform. The joinery work, engine hatch, console, coamings, seats, and lockers are varnished teak. The console houses the steering control, engine controls, compass, mechanical connections, and 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.
LOA 25’ 10”
LWL 23’ 7”
Beam 9’ 2”
Cruising Speed 18-22 knots
Top Speed 26 knots