Power is normally referenced in terms of thrust, torque or gear ratios, but there is an even more basic way to gauge and compare boat power – construction materials. In the case of the Linssen Grand Sturdy 590 AC, the entire hull and superstructure is built of steel. It's a floating fortress. Join Alex Smith for a first look aboard at the Dusseldorf Boat Show earlier this year.




The interior continues the theme of solid construction, as Alex points out the use of real teak wood throughout, plus walnut cabinetry. The propellers are powered by twin 225hp Volvo Pentas providing a range of 1,100 nautical miles at 9 knots.

With an air draught of just 3.8 metres a vast network of inland waterways is available worldwide and the top speed of 10 knots will seem plenty fast enough. Accommodation below is divided fore and aft with a galley that is open to the main saloon. Heads compartments are en suite and the show stalls are separated in true Linssen style.

For an in-depth look at the Linssen workshops at design ethos, see our feature: Linssen Yachts: crafting in steel from 2012, or for a selection of interesting comparison vessels, see: Five great European cruisers.

Written by: Alex Smith
Alex Smith is a journalist, copywriter and magazine editor with a long history in boating and a happy addiction to the water. He’s worked on boats, lived on boats, bought boats, sold boats and – when he’s not actually on board a boat – he can generally be found in his Folkestone office, tapping away at the computer and gazing out to sea.