Getting the most out of your sailing budget doesn't always mean scouring the used-boat listings for DIY projects. There is always a builder to be found pulling out all the stops to trim excess from the interior and exterior of a sailing or powerboating hull to minimise the cost of simply getting afloat. In this case, it's the Viko 21 – a four-berth trailer-sailer built in Poland that was on display at London Boat Show where Rupert Holmes recorded this First Look Video.




The starting price of just £20,000 includes a portable hob, two sails – a slab-reefing main and a roller-furling jib – and the swing keel. Required extras would probably include an outboard engine and the toilet cubicle, which would add perhaps £1,500 to the total cost.

The accommodation layout is impressive, including a double beneath the cockpit and another double in the bow (open plan). Almost certainly one of the best value new boats on show at London this year.

Take a look at the Viko 30 review feature from 2015.

Written by: Rupert Holmes
Rupert Holmes has more than 70,000 miles of offshore cruising and racing experience, in waters ranging from the North Sea to the Southern Ocean and Cape Horn. He writes about all aspects of boat ownership and marine travel, including destinations, seamanship and maintenance, as well as undertaking regular new boat and gear tests. He currently sails around 5,000 miles per year and in the past couple of seasons has cruised from the UK to the Azores, as well as winning his class in the 2014 two-handed Round Britain and Ireland Race. He also owns two yachts, one based in the Mediterranean and the other in the UK.