The Nord Star 26 Patrol is a rugged, go-anywhere type of boat that would make an ideal high-latitude island commuter, and definitely a cruising boat designed to go off the beaten path. She’s designed to sleep two, while having a carrying capacity for six. With her enclosed pilothouse she’s ideal for carrying boating well into the winter months. This is noteworthy for a 26' (7.92 m) boat -- she is designed to take conditions that most might not want to tackle in anything less than a 40-footer (12.2 m). She’s not designed for luxury, but a touch of luxury is achieved by the Quantum equipment package that includes dark stained mahogany or traditional teak interior, leather seats, thicker side railings, teak toerails, stylish carpets and wooded shades in the pilothouse.
She was built from a design meant to handle tough Scandinavian shoulder seasons, as well as the winter in all but the worst conditions. But no ice, please, she's fiberglass. Nord Stars are often put into commercial service in far northern waters as water taxis and government boats.
Nord Stars are also used in warmer climates as well. The builder has active dealers in 14 countries, including France, Greece, Italy and Spain. Yes, the pilothouse can be air-conditioned, not a popular option in Scandinavia, but sometimes wanted in the Mediterranean.
This would be characterized as a moderate V, and not what we would expect from an offshore boat, but it represents a fair compromise between a deep-V fast boat and a shallower deadrise cruising boat. It also is a good compromise between cruising-speed comfort and fuel economy. •
Why is it a good compromise?
For starters, when the seas start to build, the boat will be slowed below planing speed, so the deep-V’s hull is not needed anyway. This hull will provide far better stability at displacement speeds in rolly conditions. The same is true when at anchor.•
Diesel Sterndrive Power.
The 26 Patrol comes standard with a Volvo Penta D4 engine turning a Duoprop outdrive. By going with sterndrive power, more interior space is opened up. It’s also a more efficient method of powering a boat, especially this size, due to the location and angle of the props. •
Low Air-Draft Profile.
This is a boat designed for the rivers and canals of Europe, all replete with moderately low bridges, and the 26 can cruise nearly all of them. (She has a transport height of 10' (3.05 m) with cradle.)•
This is a trait of the entire line and for good reason. It virtually eliminates glare, and for a boat designed to run in rain, snow, sleet, hail, fog and gloom of night, this is a critical concern. •
Not only does this make for a handy source of fresh air when running, it’s also a pivotal feature for running the boat single handed. •
There are not many 26' (7.92 m) boats like this on the market. The bulwarks both port and starboard are high which helps keep the deck dry and make working on deck far safer than it would be otherwise.
Comfortable, Affordable Size.
Let's face it, boats are expensive, but if a smaller one can do the job of a bigger one, it is a win-win all around. •
Ocean Class B Rating.
This means that she can safely handle seas up to 13’ and winds in excess of 40 knots. That's probably more than most of her owners will want to handle, but it is nice to know that she has been built to those ISO standards. •
Built From a Proud Heritage.
Olli Lindkvist currently runs Nord Star, the third generation of his family to do so. That means that all the mistakes of his father, and grandfather, have been learned long ago. But more importantly, the ways of doing things that work well have also been learned.
The design concept upon which the Nord Star 26 Patrol is based is popular in numerous parts of the world. She represents a practical design for boaters that are more likely to not only want to travel at anytime, but for various reasons have to. The amount of utility that her strength and design carry is quite attractive, and she could easily be thought of as a water-based SUV. That’s certainly how we see her. And even though we tout her ability to carry on in frigid temperatures, she’s also a capable fair weather boat. As for family, there’s no reason why she can’t take everyone on the water for a day of tubing, skiing, snorkeling, or fishing. All with the confidence that when a summer storm comes through, it doesn’t mean the day is lost.
Standard and Optional Features
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