Saturday, March 29, 2014


SQ stands for super quality and I would say that in this case it was achieved not only on the building quality but on the design. It is difficult for me to find a boat perfect but on this one I like everything, from the different options the boat offers : interior engine/outboard/electric engine, Daysailer interior/cruising interior (with a head), Fixed keel/Swing keel, Standard rig/Performance rig, Closed transom/Open transom and so on.

Another interior characteristic has to do with the storage space available that is huge for a small boat. Instead of using all space for interior space, as most do in very small cruisers on this case all the back of the boat was reserved for storage. All that cruise know that storage space is a problem on a small boat. Not on this one, with all that space that can be used for multiple purposes, inclusive to have a bigger refrigerator installed there.
Probably I would not like the price of a fully equipped boat that much but who says we can have Super Quality at a cheap price? The basic version costs 45000 euros (without engine) but including 19% VAT.

The SQ25 is designed by Marc-Oliver von Ahlen, a young NA that won a design contest for that boat program, beating several well known NA cabinets. 

This is not one of those lake cruisers with a limited stability but a fast and seaworthy boat (for its size) with lots of stability: The boat is not particularly beamy (2.49m) and the beam was probably limited to facilitate the road transport on a trailer, but it has a considerable draft (1.60m) with almost all the ballast on a torpedo keel with a B/D ratio of 35%.

The stability is also increased by the beam brought back and by a chine designed to work at a relatively small angle of heel. The boat weights 1670kg and that good stability allows it to carry a big sail area upwind (40.6m2) and downwind (75.6m2) and that, with the very nice hull design can only mean a very fast boat and lots of fun sailing :-).

If any doubt remained, just looking how it sails would take away all concerns. It sails just beautifully as we can see on this movie by, that tested the boat recently (great movie):

The best pictures of the boat interior and also  one showing its transom are on You can find them here:


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