Silver Pearl was in lovely condition when I bought her in 2006, but was very short of gear! Over the last five years I have spent over £4,000 on new sails, complete new sprayhood and frame and a new Spinflow cooker etc., etc..
I have found her to be a well mannered and easily handled boat. Though not a racing yacht she is quick and responsive and will steer quite well astern with a short turning circle ahead.
She is extremely well balanced and the helm is light. She has the feel of a much bigger boat when at sea and will cope well when over canvassed. When reefed with two slabs in the main and 3/4 of the genoa, she will sail fast and well balanced up to F6-7. Normal boat speed is 5-6knots in a F4-5 and she will maintain this with a light manageable helm. I once did Brightlingsea to Ostend in 13 hours in a F5-7, a passage of around 80 miles.
She is easy to sail single-handed as I have done on many occasions. I have never felt unsafe in her and am convinced that she would be quite safe in a full gale when reefed appropriately.
In her, I have cruised the East Coast from Southwold to Ramsgate and across the North Sea to Belgium and France.
She is small but cosy when entertaining and I have often had six adults in the saloon for drinks.
I love the Sadler marque and the build and finish quality is superb. I am reluctantly selling her to buy a bigger Sadler so that we will have more room.
The Sadler marque is, without doubt, one of the most highly regarded names in performance cruisers today. Every yacht in the distinguished Sadler family has set standards in terms of seaworthiness, comfort and – perhaps most important of all – sheer popularity with the cruising yachtsman.
The 26's standing headroom will come as a pleasant surprise, as will her sleeping accommodation: a spacious double berth in the forecabin, a main saloon berth that can be used as a large single or a cosy double, a full-sized quarter-berth, and a child's berth that can be easily extended with a trotter box to sleep an adult.
The extra room and efficient utilisation of space makes the Sadler 26 one of the few 26-footers truly suited to long cruises with a family crew.
The attention to detail and careful design evident throughout the Sadler 26 should come as no surprise: its designers have drawn on a wealth of experience gained from three outstandingly successful Sadlers.
As a result, thoughtful features abound. Handholds are plentiful, and there are no sharp corners. Deep coamings make the cockpit safe for the younger members of the crew, while offering protection from spray and heavy seas.
Generous storage space means that you can cruise with everything you need, yet keep the living area free from clutter.
Like all Sadlers, the interior of the 26 is a self-contained module within the hull. This keeps the accommodation completely watertight, and provides a smooth, finished appearance inside. All hull cavities are foam-filled for unsinkability and insulation.
Another Sadler trademark is the rudder, which is hung on a full-length skeg. Apart from making the rudder stronger and more protected, the rudder/skeg combination provides remarkable directional stability when the helm is temporarily left unattended.
Performance is always on instant call. Run up the spinnaker and she will leap eagerly to the challenge. Turn her into the wind and her pointing ability and light helm will surprise you. Send her charging downwind and she'll show effortless speed and control. And should the wind suddenly freshen, you won't feel an urge to reach for the reefing lines . . . the Sadler 26 will absorb the power and turn it into exhilarating speed.
Spirited though she can be when given her head, the Sadler 26 is the perfect choice for yachtsmen who want their sailing to be simple and undemanding. Her perfect manners, total lack of 'nervousness' and superb seakeeping qualities make her the natural successor to the title that the Sadler 25 has held for so long ... as the ultimate performance cruising yacht in her class.
While the Sadler 26's remarkable roominess and comfort is certainly appealing, there's one question bound to be uppermost in the minds of those who know the Sadler 25: Does she sail and handle like the 25?
The answer: an unequivocal 'No'. She's better.
The centre of gravity is deliberately low, with her 2000lb keel offsetting the tremendous power of her rig. This approach ensures that the 26 has the impeccable sailing manners and 'stiffness' associated with all Sadlers.
Her balance is simply excellent, the feel on her helm reassuringly positive. The way she responds and her eagerness to travel quickly will tell you that she is no oversized daysailer; this is a yacht you can sail round Britain or to the Azores with complete confidence. (An idea, incidentally, that Sadler 25 owners seem to have developed quite a taste for.)
[ Silver Pearl ]
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