Review of Accent 26

Accent 26
Accent 26 anno 1979. SY Asgaard

Basic specs.

sail specifications
The Accent 26 aka Albin Accent is a sailboat designed by the Swedish maritime architect Peter Norlin in the mid seventies. Several hundred boats have been produced. The Accent 26 is built by the Danish yard Shipman Marine Service ApS.

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The hull is made of fibreglass. Generally, a hull made of fibreglass requires only a minimum of maintenance during the sailing season. And outside the sailing season, just bottom cleaning and perhaps anti-fouling painting once a year - a few hours of work, that's all.


The boat is equipped with 5 berths, a galley and toilet facility.

Note: the boat has also been sold to be self-made/-interiored, which means that the quality of each boat may vary.

Accent 26 anno 1977 with spinnaker. Spileren sat!

The boat equipped with a masthead rig. The advantage of a masthead rig is its simplicity and the fact that a given sail area - compared with a fractional rig - can be carried lower and thus with less heeling moment.


The Accent 26 is equipped with a fin keel. A boat with a fin keel is more manoeuvrable but has less directional stability than a similar boat with a long keel.

The keel is made of iron. Many people prefer lead keel in favour of iron. The main argument is that lead is much heavier than iron and a lead keel can therefore be made smaller which again result in less wet surface, i.e. less drag. In fact iron is quite heavy, just 30% less heavy than lead, so the advantage of a lead keel is often overstated. As the surface of a fin type keel is just a fraction of the total wet surface, the difference between an iron keel and a lead keel can in reality be ignored for cruising yachts.

Accent 26 can enter most marinas as the draft is just about 1.54 - 1.64 meter (5.05 - 5.35 ft) dependent on the load. See immersion rate below.


The boat is typically equipped with an inboard Yanmar diesel engine at 8.0 hp (5 kW).

Sailing characteristics

This section covers widely used rules of thumb to describe the sailing characteristics. Please note that even though the calculations are correct, the interpretation of the results might not be valid for extreme boats.

Theoretical Maximum Hull Speed

What is Theoretical Maximum Hull Speed?

The theoretical maximal speed of a displacement boat of this length is 6.1 knots. The term "Theoretical Maximum Hull Speed" is widely used even though a boat can sail faster. The term shall be interpreted as above the theoretical speed a great additional power is necessary for a small gain in speed.

Immersion rate

The immersion rate is defined as the weight required to sink the boat a certain level. The immersion rate for Accent 26 is about 113 kg/cm, alternatively 637 lbs/inch.
Meaning: if you load 113 kg cargo on the boat then it will sink 1 cm. Alternatively, if you load 637 lbs cargo on the boat it will sink 1 inch.

Sailing statistics

This section is statistical comparison with similar boats of the same category. The basis of the following statistical computations is our unique database with more than 26,000 different boat types and 350,000 data points.

L/B (Length Beam Ratio)

What is L/B (Length Beam Ratio)?

The l/b ratio for Accent 26 is 2.96.

Slim Wide 58% 0 50 100
Compared with other similar sailboats it is more spacy than 58% of all other designs. It seems that the designer has chosen a slightly more spacy hull design.

Ballast Ratio

What is a Ballast Ratio?

The ballast ratio for Accent 26 is 35%.

Low High 27% 0 50 100
This ballast ratio shows a righting moment that is higher than 27% of all similar sailboat designs. A righting moment (ability to resist heeling) just below average.

Over- / underrigged

Low High 62% 0 50 100
The Accent 26 has more rig than 62% of all similar sailboats, which indicates that the boat is slightly overrigged.

RSP (Relative Speed Performance)

What is Relative Speed Performance?

The Relative Speed Performance for Accent 26 is 50

Slow Fast 50% 0 50 100
The relative speed performance is 50 which means that a it is faster than 50% of all similar sailboat designs.


Bottom Paint

When buying anti-fouling bottom paint, it's nice to know how much to buy. The surface of the wet bottom is about 20m2 (215 ft2).
Based on this, your favourite maritime shop can tell you the quantity you need.

Note: If you use a paint roller you will need more paint than if you use a paintbrush.


Dimensions of sail for masthead rig.

mainsail specifications genoa specifications spinnaker specifications

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If you need to renew parts of your running rig and is not quite sure of the dimensions, you may find the estimates computed below useful.

Guiding dimensions of running rig
Mainsail halyard 23.3 m(76.4 feet)8 mm(5/16 inch)
Jib/genoa halyard23.3 m(76.4 feet)8 mm(5/16 inch)
Spinnaker halyard23.3 m(76.4 feet)8 mm(5/16 inch)
Jib sheet 8.1 m(26.4 feet)10 mm(3/8 inch)
Genoa sheet8.1 m(26.4 feet)10 mm(3/8 inch)
Mainsheet 20.2 m(66.1 feet)10 mm(3/8 inch)
Spinnaker sheet17.7 m(58.2 feet)10 mm(3/8 inch)
Cunningham2.5 m(8.2 feet)8 mm(5/16 inch)
Kickingstrap5.0 m(16.4 feet)8 mm(5/16 inch)
Clew-outhaul5.0 m(16.4 feet)8 mm(5/16 inch)

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