“Special in the name, special in it’s features. Technically identical to the standard Clubman 26, it will surprise with it’s different standard and optional features!”
The Clubman 26 special can be deceiving. It looks like the Clubman 26, it costs slightly more than the Clubman 26, features are the same, optionals are the same. So why have 2 identical boats…?
…the answer is simple, because they are not!!
It takes a close eye to understand the key differences between Clubman 26 and the Clubman 26 Special:
First off, the Special has different deck configurations. The larger consolle houses a much needed increase in storage space, always a dire necessity when at sea. To best balance this larger consolle, the Clubman 26 Special has been fitted with a larger driver’s seat and driver’s seat compartment. This feature permits the housing of two teak tables, a larger fridge space and a more comfortable seating area.
Much like the Clubman 26, the Special’s stern compartment has a double intended use thanks to a rotating backrest cushion that ,when in upright position, becomes as a dinette and when rotated downwards leaves space for a large sunbathing area.
The deck has the iconic, lager, Clubman setting: central consolle, mainly moved to the starboard (right) to allow a large passage on the port (left) side of the boat. Sunbathing is key on the Clubman 26 Special as well, thus the wide and long sunbathing area at the bow (front) and spacious stern (back) cushion (both can be elongated with the use of a sundeck extension).
Further more, it is a bracket model. This means it necessitates of a motor bracket to mount the motors. This is due to the fact that it is fitted with extra AFT platforms to make the boat longer and more comfortable during the ascent from the water to the boat.
Motor wise it has an optimal motorisation at 250/300HP and the minimum advised motorisation for this model is 200HP.
The Clubman 26 Special comes standard with a large nose to house the anchor and electric winch, but it can be requested with a smaller nose and a hole for the anchor in the hull’s bow. The anchor in the hull has been designed with a system to avoid water from penetrating during rough seas.
Recreational: The Clubman 26 Special is a pure recreational boat. It exploits most of the main features of the Clubman 28 such as: a comfortable fridge, 2 small tables, a large driver’s seat, wide and comfortable sunbathing areas and a ton of storage space.
The gorgeousness of it’s smooth hull make is smooth on waves and a very good quick turner. The bracket guarantees a better weight distribution at the stern and thus better balance when at anchor.
Renting: if you appreciate the Clubman 28 features, but wish to spend a little less then, the Clubman 26 special is your next best choice. It offers nearly all features of the Clubman 28, except the WC in the consolle.