The Rinker 26 Flotilla is a rare example in the UK of a "Deck Boat". This is a design which aims to maximise the total amount of deck space on a smallish boat by making it rectangular in plan. It is based on a trimaran hull, which has the advantage of providing huge amounts of storage below the floors. She is ideally suited to pottering up and down the Thames or any inland waterway, and well as being up to the job of coastal cruising. Seating for up to 12 persons makes her ideal for family use and entertaining.
Mercruiser 5.7 litre V8 petrol engine
Alpha 1 outdrive leg
Engine serviced annually
Outdrive last serviced 03/13
One 12v battery
Charged by engine alternator
Open deck with ample space for entertaining
About that deck space: The 26 Flotilla has lots of it - and creative ways to use it, too. The trimaran naturally lends itself to more deck space because the hulls go straight forward, so the beam is carried all the way up to the bow. This boat absolutely maximizes that space. Start with the 6'5"-by-3'1" bow cockpit. (In London that's a studio apartment.)
The beam carries throughout the length of the boat, maximizing deck space. Huge stowage bins built into deep hulls. Trimaran gives it a rough-water ride most deckboats can't match.** **
The head compartment in the starboard console also shows innovation, doubling as a small rest area. When the cushions are in place, it offers a 6'-by-2'10"-by-2'2" room for changing or for kids to lie down. When you need to use the facilities, roll the mattress and side panels forward and snap them into place to reveal a spacious fiberglass-lined head with 3'7" of headroom. There's also a dedicated stowage slot for the cockpit table. The stainless-steel towel rack will see double duty as a grabrail
Overall, the 26 Flotilla is rated for 12 people. I usually scoff at maximum capacity ratings because on most boats that means cramming everybody in like sardines. But the 26 Flotilla might actually be able to pull it off. Having 10 people aboard could definitely work, and 8 would be no sweat. Another place where the 26 Flotilla separates itself from other deckboats is in stowage. The lockers under the lounges in the bow cockpit, built into the outer hulls, are the largest I have ever seen on a deckboat. They are 4'-by-1'10"-by-1'9". You could fit a family of four inside each one. The port locker holds the bow sunpad filler cushions and still has plenty of room left over. Both are plastic lined and offer completely dry stowage.
The 26 Flotilla's ski locker is built into the center hull, located in the sole between the two consoles. At 5'10"-by-1'7"-by-1'5", you can stuff it with your water toys. The port console offers even more great stowage. Basically, anything you could possibly want to bring aboard for a day on the water will fit.
How many deckboats do you know of that have room for a transom swim platform and an aft sunpad? The padded engine hatch, reinforced with 3/4" treated plywood, makes a great aft sunlounge when closed. It opens on gas-assisted struts for easy engine access. The 4'10"-by-1'9" bow platform allows for easy and safe water entry forward, and the slightly larger aft platform gives skiers and boarders plenty of room to put on their gear.
The cockpit lounge is well set up with an entertainment center that has a stainless-steel sink, a 25-quart Igloo cooler, and a removable trash can. The helm sports VDO controls and a swivel-seat captain's chair with a flip-up bolster
Upholstery in blue and white
Heads compartment with chemical WC
Stereo radio/CD player
Deck lights for evenings aboard
Cockpit camper cover
Two tonneau covers
Fenders and warps
Four mooring cleats
Bursledon Bridge, Bursledon
Southampton, Hampshire SO31 8AZ