SNAPDRAGON 26 (sold) – £800

Year: 1969

LOA: 26′

Beam: 8′

Draft: 2′ 6″

Construction: GRP

Hull/Keel: Twin



In many respects a Snapdragon 26 is similar to a Westerly Centaur. Their internal volumes are roughly identical, the Westerly displacing 6,700 lbs and the Snapdragon 4,500 lbs. Both offer comparable caravan-type accommodation. The main difference between them is the configuration of their keels. The most popular version of the Snapdragon has bilge keels; others have fin keels. Either way, the keels are encapsulated, unlike the Centaur’s, which are of cast iron bolted to the hull. The Snapdragon’s keels are upright, but the Centaur’s are splayed. The latter are more efficient for windward sailing; however, when it comes to settling in mud, splayed keels are subjected to unfair forces tending to push them apart. In some cases this has caused leaks where the keel bolts pass through the hull. Snapdragon 26s were designed by L. Wakefield, and about 200 of them were built between 1966 and 1969 by Thames Marine at Canvey Island, Essex, England. If you are looking for a cheap family cruising yacht, these boats are ideal.


Engine(s) & Electrical:

Yanmar 1GM10, 8hp diesel. Twin batteries charged from the engine.


Accommodation & Below Deck:

6 berths, 2 cabins, sea toilet, gas cooker, fridge.


Deck & Canvas:

Aluminium mast, aluminium boom, rope running rigging, stainless steel standing rigging, dodgers.



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The particulars detailed herein are intended to give a fair description of the vessel, but their accuracy cannot be guaranteed. These particulars are supplied on the understanding that all negotiations shall be through Highway Marine Ltd who are acting as brokers for the vendor. The vendor is not selling in the course of a business unless otherwise stated. The prospective purchaser is strongly recommended to check the particulars, and where appropriate, at his own expense, to employ qualified independent agents to carry out a survey, and/or any mechanical and electrical checks.

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