TEST Linssen Grand Sturdy 500 Sedan Variodeck
... is an oft-quoted old skipper's adage that definitely applies to the brand new Linssen Grand Sturdy 500 Sedan Variodeck. The now largest and most spacious boat in the product line with an enclosed deckhouse and open aft cockpit has, as you would expect, a lot to offer.
With main dimensions of 15.50 x 4.65 m and a service weight of 24 tonnes, the latest addition to the Dutch renowned shipyard's product line is already an imposing sight on the demonstration dock. The draught is given as 1.20 metres, while the height above the waterline is only 2.75 metres. This means that the fine cruiser from Maasbracht is able to take most navigable European inland waterways with shallow bridges under her keel - which, in addition to the far above-average stability typical of Linssen, could of course be a potentially decisive argument for buying. We took a close look at the luxury displacement yacht, which is available in the standard version for 1,110,700 euros, as part of a practical test, and we can say right at the start of this article that this is undoubtedly a motor yacht in a class of her own. Please join us on a tour of the boat, which will begin in a few seconds. First, however, some general information about Linssen Yachts. Founded in 1949, this flagship company is considered the European market leader when it comes to the series production of prestigious steel yachts. These are built in an extremely professional manner, entirely 'under one roof', on the huge Linssen premises directly on the Meuse. Anyone who has had the opportunity to take a look behind the scenes here will be impressed by the order that prevails in the spotlessly clean assembly halls - it could be a meticulously tidy hobby workshop in XXL format. There are 108 highly motivated people working there, who - not without pride - identify themselves with an absolute top product. In the past decades, around 3,500 Linssen yachts have been laid down, and around 70 new boats will join them in the course of the 2021 season, to bring us up to date. The Linssen range currently comprises 18 models in lengths from 9.70 to 16.45 m, which are currently enjoying tremendous demand. Of the Linssen Grand Sturdy 500 Sedan, build numbers 1 (our test boat) and 2 have already been delivered, 3 will be delivered to customers in November, and two boats already under construction are due to be launched in 2022.
With her flow-optimised articulated hull painted in noble "Midnight Blue", the deck superstructure in contrasting "Egg Shell White" and the beige-brown rope fender all around, our test person simply looks great. One could speak of a timelessly elegant colour combination that never gets boring. The designers Steven Kessels and James Granger, based in Genk, Belgium, are responsible for the harmonious proportions of this extraordinary touring yacht. You can get on board very comfortably, namely bowwards through the railing port located there, sideways via the fold-out railing ladders or via the 138 cm deep, hydraulically lowerable bathing platform, which is protected by an arm-thick rubber rubbing strake. Access points on both sides lead to the spacious aft cockpit, whose U-shaped seating area can be converted into a relaxing lounge by means of an electrically adjustable table. The "One Touch Cockpit Cover" promises additional comfort. If you simply open a zip and a few push buttons, the canopy automatically retracts and disappears into special storage cassettes. The 205 cm high saloon offers a light-flooded and airy ambience thanks to large window flats and the huge roof hatch called "Variodeck". The excellently equipped galley adjoins the couch on the port side, while a voluminous sideboard with integrated TV lift and a practical two-person dinette are located on the starboard side. This is followed by the steering bench, which can be adjusted lengthwise at the touch of a finger and guarantees the skipper an excellent sitting position with a perfect overview. The pull-out command console with all the important controls is a must. Also first-class are the solid sliding side doors, the service-friendly accessibility of the engine compartment and the organisation system in the "cellar area", so that bulky equipment and also a lot of long-term provisions can be sorted without any problems. We would like to keep the description of the living area relatively short. The pleasantly unpretentious but tastefully furnished bow cabin has a 200 cm high ceiling and a comfortable double berth flanked by illuminated wardrobes and various compartments. The cosy indirect lighting and optimal ventilation possibilities contribute to the feel-good atmosphere. Similarly neat, but of course not quite as spacious as the owner's room, is the guest cabin on the port side, which normally has two 200 x 70 cm single berths. It goes without saying that a yacht of this calibre confronts its demanding crew with separate sanitary facilities.
We can give the long-tailed Linssen novelty top marks for her courageous running and manoeuvring characteristics. With Volvo Penta's D3-110 engines without alternatives, 6.3 knots at 1,900 min. crystallises out as an economical cruising speed. At a synchronous 2,500 min and the 7.8 nautical miles per hour now to be recorded, the Swedish turbo-diesels emit a rather out-of-place sounding hissing noise. However, this has no influence on the very stable water position of the steel cruiser, certified according to CE standard B, which is amazingly easy to handle thanks to many technical refinements. Under full load, the proven five-cylinder 2.4-litre engines rev up to 3,000 min, resulting in an adequate top speed of 8.9 knots.
Text: Peter Marienfeld; Magazine Skipper (D)
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