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Saga 26 Semi-Planing Cruiser, Caroline, Lying  Essex

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Owner's Comments

Saga 26 Semi-Planing Cruiser 

For me and I suspect for many others, buying a boat is buying a dream and Caroline is my dream. She has excellent accommodation and can sleep 5; she is also an ideal day/entertaining boat and can seat 8-9; she has good directional stability because of her rudder and shaft drive; she has the power and range for making sea passages plus excellent handling for inland cruising; she is stable thanks to her keel and semi planning hull; the engine is magnificent and remarkably quiet (the first owner enhanced the sound insulation); she has a good turn of speed but is not a boy racer or gas guzzler and she looks like a boat rather than like floating Tupperware! 

Cooking is by a catalytic paraffin heater, which is much safer than gas. She is very well equipped (there is even a hot and cold shower facility on the bathing platform) with a really comprehensive inventory (including clothes pegs!). The design reveals meticulous attention to detail and her Norwegian craftsmanship is excellent.

She was commissioned in 2000 and I am the second owner. After a year on the Solent her first skipper based her in Palma where she was stored ashore during the winter under her boat cover. An English engineer regularly maintained her and I actually bought her unseen in July 2006 as a result of the engineer’s recommendation when my purchase of a local Saga 25 fell through. She came back to the UK by ship.

The first owner kept a detail log and recorded 255 engine hours in six years. My usage is probably less than 200 hours (I have made three longish trips - two to the Thames and one to the Norfolk Broads – otherwise I have only pottered about locally). She has been laid up out of the water since September 2009 so I have used her for only two and a half seasons.

Saga 26’s don’t come on the UK market very often and keep their prices well. It took me 4-5 months to find one. At the moment there appears to be only four others on the market throughout Europe (the asking price for a 2000 model is 79,900 Euros).

Sadly I am giving up my dream because of age and decreasing mobility and Caroline is in need of a new skipper who shares the Saga dream and ethos. Could it be you?


Reviews were published in Motor Boats Monthly July 1998 and in Practical Boat Owner May 1998. There is information about the Saga 26 on the manufacturer’s web site.


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