Since the mid-1960s Finland's Minor Offshore has been building tough, offshore cruisers designed for no-nonsense, high-latitude powerboating and gaining much respect and kudos along the way. The latest offering – the Sargo 28 Explorer – from the renamed company proves that no matter which letters adorn the front end of the boat's name – it's still got quality written all over it. See for yourself, as Alex Smith takes his first look aboard.



The company's website manages to make a boast out of its own modesty, describing the Sargo 28 Explorer as: "Quiet, seaworthy and convenient. True performance with little noise."

Sargo 28 Explorer: first look video

Sargo 28 Explorer: first look video

There's no pretence that this is a boat for Mediterranean high-rollers entertaining a dozen bikini-clad beauties. The marketing is extremely practical and down-to-earth: "Even in rolling seas the Sargo 28 Explorer offers not only great handling but a surprisingly comfortable ride."

The builders wish to stress that this is a boat to keep your family safe spring, summer and autumn when there's a nip in the air and a shortage of daylight: "This sporty, yet spacious vessel features two separate cabins which makes it suitable for memorable family cruises. The aft deck is ideal for gatherings in the harbor. Sargo 28 Explorer is equipped with  marine window defrosters and a longer boating season is ensured thanks to the well-insulated hull walls and cabins equipped with efficient heating and ventilation systems."

And attention to detail and respect for the elements should help the Sargo 28 Explorer hold her value: "All windows are glued and frameless for better durability and easier maintenance. The rails with a stylish matte black finish are made exclusively of robust 30 mm marine grade stainless steel."

Take a look at Alex Smith's full review of the Minor Offshore 25 (now also renamed the Sargo 25) on from last year's Southampton Boat Show. And if Scandi-style open boats are more your thing, check out Alex Smith's Ocean Master 630 Walkaround review as well.