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Aquilon 26 -"A trailerable performance cruising catamaran"
NEWS RELEASE - 8/1999
The AQUILON 265
A new model for the Millennium!
We choose to call this new model "made in the America" the AQUILON 265, because there are so many improvements, changes and additions in this US built Aquilon that it is truly a new generation. This newborn 265 is our third generation and the twenty-fifth Aquilon to date. Paul Stanek, Naval Architect.
The F175 Rotating wing mast engineered by Paul Stanek and first made by "Sparcraft Performance" is now refined and supplied by "Charleston Spar" (NC) as well as the Aft, Central, Forward & longitudinal beams.
For even better performance:
- Dacron or Mylar computer-designed & cut sails from "Calvert Sails" (FL)
- You have the option of a set of Crosscat Dacron mainsail and self-tacking jib. or..
- a more powerful "Cruise Mylar" option: "Square tp" tri-radial main & tri-radial self tacking jib.
- A tri-radial Screecher or Gennaker & a new, bigger, Screecher/Gennaker sheet winch (2 speed).
The new trampoline is a "coated polyester mesh" from "Sunrise Yacht Products" (FL) guaranteed 3 years.
In the starboard hull the main changes are:
- A new marble tone counter top in the galley with cherry wood trim and cabinet doors, all with flush, "chrome-plated brass" push-pull latches.
- A larger icebox increased to 3 cu.ft. (Optional LK33 "thermo electric" refrigeration system),
- A new 3.25 cu.ft aerated vegetable box, top opening, in the fwd portside corner of the galley,
- A new, good size "silverware" drawer under the stainless steel sink, as needed in a real galley,
- A new 13 cu.ft. cabinet space for pots and pans, fitted between the stove and the ice box,
- A US: 2 burner gas stove, thermocouple valves & UL/CGA listed high-pressure hose assembly,
- A drop leaf reducing the width of the sherry wood dining table (5 coats of polyurethane varnish).
- And we install maintenance free "Stratifil" teak and holly cabin sole using their top quality choice.
In the portside (owner's) hull the main changes are:
- A longer double bed (by 6", now 6' 6").
- A drawer at the foot of the double bed.
- A three level cherry wood bookshelf between the bed and the companionway.
- Cherry wood bulkhead and door to the head with stainless steel mortise latch (handles) set.
- Marble tone sink counter top and four small shelves outboard side (for soap, shampoo, sponge...).
- A hanging closet (18'' deep, 2.5' wide), forward of the head (head, sink, mirror, stand up shower).
In the cockpit: In addition to the new:
- Waterproof, fiberglass "NavPod" to mount electronic instruments and the
- 3 "removable" standard, teak-slated benches comfortably seating 10 people...
We have added the following options for cruisers and racing sailors alike:
- A voluminous well insulated ice box (R10), in the central cockpit locker,
- A polyethylene (or teak Grate) On-Off cockpit table that stores in the starboard cockpit locker.
- A custom-built "classic" hand tiller system (Aft cockpit center line), freeing the transom steps.
We then refined the optional 12-foot wide Bimini with three 1" stainless steel frames. It covers the whole cockpit, has forward windshield, clear side panels and a choice of aft enclosures. A true "Soft top" Salon.
Our Standard Inventory takes 3 pages to describe a very well equipped Aquilon, nothing standard about it!
The AQUILON 265:
The Ultimate "High performance Catamaran Coastal Cruiser".
A 26 footer that's Trailerable, with true "live-aboard" comfort and amenities, designed for a couple and two children (or 2 friends), with unmatched Stability and more Privacy than you would find in a substantially larger monohull or trimaran, offered at a sensible, affordable price: Base: $ 69,986.
Other Standard features:
Fully battened mainsail, self-tacking jib, storm jib, rotating mast, lazy jacks and "easy bag" mainsail cover, Harken hardware throughout.
Cherry wood interior with high gloss finish, settee and bed cushions, two 26 gallon water tanks (one in each hull), 2 burner stove, ice box, porta-potty, 12 volt electrical system, 14 ports and 6 opening hatches.
The hulls and cockpit are constructed of vacuum-bonded polyester form sandwich, ensuring rigidity, acoustic and thermal insulation and unsinkability.
One of the main features of this boat is its comfort. Not only does it sail flat (maximum heel angle of 4 ½ degrees), but it is uncommonly spacious. The deck, where most sailing time is spent, is extremely large and roomy, measuring approximately 7 x 14. Added to this is a large netted area between the bows.
Inside, you will not believe it is only 26 feet long! In the starboard (right) hull is a full galley and a dinette facing out which easily seats 4 or 5. The dinette easily converts to a double berth that is 48" by 6'6". The port (left hull) has a fixed double berth, also 48" by 6'6" and a private head, including a shower. Each hull has 5'11" headroom, lots of storage and so many windows and hatches that you will never feel closed in! There is an optional bimini package, which not only allows full headroom in the cockpit, but includes a full dodger (front) and side windows.
On deck, the jib is self-tacking. The mainsail is fully battened and is boomless. Lazyjacks and an integrated mainsail bag are standard, which means you raise and lower the mainsail directly from the bag. There is lots of storage on deck. If you really want performance, particularly downwind, there is an optional roller
furling gennaker (spinnaker-type sail). If you have ever tried to raise a spinnaker from a bag or fly a spinnaker with a pole, you will love this concept! To add to the performance, the mast has a very simple rotating system. All of the blocks are oversized Harken.
Under sail, the boat is a joy. It is extremely quick, easily reaching 75 percent of windspeed or higher. Controls are simple, yet provide complete control. The boat is immediately responsive to most any sail trim and due to its design, moves along in comfort and style. Draft is only 23 inches, yet it will point with little lateral slippage.
The boat is trailerable. It takes 2 people about 3 hours to take the boat from trailer to water or water to trailer. Beam on the trailer is 8 ½ feet, making it legal to trailer most anywhere. Weight on the trailer is only 3,000 lbs., so most any 6 cylinder car will have no trouble towing it.
Standard options include the bimini package, roller furling gennaker, Yamaha 9.9 horsepower long shaft remote electric start outboard mounted in a well in the center of the boat and trailer package. Other options, such as upgraded interiors and marine toilets are available.