The Van Speijk 26 is a boat of distinction, and could serve as the backdrop for a stellar portrait. The Van Speijk resembles a classic naval sloop. It is therefore difficult for the passing and walking public to believe that we are dealing here with a contemporary design.
The Van Speijk, with its beautiful sheer, flat transom, steep bow and dark blue hull, is a picture to behold. Paul Buyse founder of Van Speijk has preserved as many classic details as possible.
“We left the embrasures, where the oars used to be put through, in place and accentuated them with hand-turned stainless steel.”
Now we use these to hang the fenders from.
Two fixed trim tabs keep the butt sight from digging in too far and the boat gets into plané faster. The cockpit stays dry, because the water is directed neatly to the rear. A real gentleman’s boat that, with its class, needs no speed at all. Still, it is a pleasure to give the Van Speijk the spur.
To pass through a ring and made for lounging. In the rear, Van Speijk has created a huge sun bed that easily fits four people.
Then there are two spacious longitudinal benches with plenty of storage space to port. To starboard, the men have hidden a large refrigerator.