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Invicta 26

Brief details

Builder

Various - see text

The Invicta is a Folkboat type yacht built in GRP, with elegant lines and excellent sailing and seakeeping performance. They have many similarities to the better known and generally more expensive to buy Contessa 26 design.

LOA

26' 5"

Sail area

311 sq ft

LWL

20' 8"

Rig

sloop

Beam

7' 4"

Cabins

Saloon only, with heads in forepeak

Draught

3' 11"

Berths

4

Displacement

5,130 lbs

Engine

various, but originally usually a Dolphin petrol inboard

Ballast

2,307 lbs

BHP

6 - 12

Keel type

Long fin keel with encapsulated lead ballast

Invicta 26

The Invicta 26 was designed by E. G. van de Stadt in 1964, as a GRP Folkboat derivative. For several years the hulls were moulded by Tylers, and fitted out by a variety of well-known boatyards. From 1969 a Mk II version was produced, with a trace more headroom, and the later hulls were moulded by Fi-Craft of Essex, and fitted out either by Fi-Craft or Salterns Yacht Agency. Production continued until the late 1970s, and the yachts have become somewhat of a modern classic.

There were Mk I and Mk II Invictas, the example illustrated yacht being a Mk I. The Mk IIs have a fractionally raised deck line, to increase interior space very slightly, and less sail area than the original design, which was intended partly as a racer. The hull form is very much that of a Folkboat type, but with more interior space, although the narrow beam makes the interior small by modern standards.


In 2001 'Yachting Monthly' did a used boat test on the design, and commented ".... Invictas are seakindly, knockabout cruisers that will keep a couple or young family safe in all weathers and embarrass some modern yachts with their speed".

Invicta 26
Invicta 26
Invicta 26

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The forepeak has no berths, there being sail stowage, and a marine WC under a lifting panel. The saloon has two berths forward, with the forward ends extending into trotter boxes, with a removable table. Aft there are quarterberths on both sides, with a chart table to starboard and galley to port

Invicta 26

The saloon headlining is an interior GRP moulding

Many of these yachts appeared to have been fitted from new with an RCA Dolphin 12 hp inboard petrol engine. This drives a two-bladed prop via a centrifugal clutch. These engines are still made in small numbers, and are chosen for light weight, and quiet and smooth running compared to a small diesel.

Early Dolphin engines were built to be stopped and restarted running backwards to provide reverse thrust - a process that took only about two seconds. Later engines had a F-N-R gearbox.

Although a petrol inboard engine is deeply unpopular nowadays, it is a revelation how smooth and quiet these engines are compared to small diesels !

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