The all-fiberglass Cutwater 26 has a busy bottom, with a step, keel and prop pocket. The step is designed to aerate the bottom to reduce frictional drag, and the designer took pains to channel air away from the prop.
Click play to watch as Soundings technical editor Eric Sorensen gets under the Cutwater 26 to show you this boat’s unique bottom from every angle.
The keel adds directional stability (as long as the boat is going faster than the waves) and grounding protection, and the pocket reduces draft and shaft angle for improved efficiency. A single 180-hp Yanmar 4BY2 diesel sits down in a shallow nacelle, which lowers the height of the deck and deckhouse above, lowers the center of gravity, reduces sail area and shaft angle and produces an altogether more seaworthy boat. Sorensen is reserving judgment about how it all comes together until he can test-drive the boat at some point this season.
Click here for Sorensen’s full report on Cutwater boats. Look for a video of his Cutwater sea trial in a future Dispatches.