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Verl 790

Brief Notes


Verlvale, also Humber Boat Co.

The Verl 790 is an Ed Dubois designed 26 ft cruiser/racer with modern lines, a fast hull, and a simple but attractively finished interior.

Length OA

26' 0"

Sail Area

350 sq ft

Length WL

21' 9"




9' 2"




4' 9"




4,000 lbs

Engine type

outboard in well or inboard


1,800 lbs

Engine bhp

5 - 10

Keel type

Iron fin keel with rudder mounted on partial skeg

The Verl 790 was designed by Ed Dubois, then working for Miller & Whitworth's design office, and introduced in 1975, by Verlvale Ltd., as a small cruising yacht with a good performance. The example shown here is one of the more common outboard powered versions, with four-berth interior. Another variant had five berths, some yachts also being fitted with small inboard engines instead of an outboard. The boat illustrated here was built when the Humber Boat Company took over construction of this model in 1994.

Verl 790

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Above and right: The engine is an outboard in a well, with the propshaft faired in to the hull with a rubber sleeve. This gives a comparable degree of functionality to an inboard, without problems of shaft alignment, seal leakage, etc. The engine can also be removed from the boat for servicing when necessary. Outboard power models were more popular (and cheaper), but inboard versions do exist.

Below: This version has an open-plan saloon, with two berths forward plus two more in the saloon. The heads compartment is to starboard aft, with the galley opposite to port. The alternative layout has a more conventional forecabin/heads/saloon layout with one quarterberth giving five berths

Verl 790
Verl 790
Verl 790

The joinery work is, on most boats, of fairly good quality. Whilst not offering anything like the interior space of many yachts of similar size such as a Centaur or Pembroke, she does provide quite high performance. The trade-off in interior space also affects headroom, which is relatively low except by the companionway, where it is about six feet

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