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Review of Alo Mikkel 26


Alo Mikkel 26
Alo Mikkel 26 anno 1982.

Basic specs.

sail specifications
The Alo Mikkel 26 is a small sailboat designed by the Norwegian maritime architect Freddy Mikkelsen in the late seventies. Several hundred boats have been produced. The Alo Mikkel 26 is built by the Norwegian yard Alo Yachts.

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Hull

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.


Interior

The boat is equipped with 5 berths.


Cockpit
Cockpit
Cockpit of Alo Mikkel 26 anno 1982.
Rig

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.


Keel

The Alo Mikkel 26 is equipped with a fin keel. The fin keel is the most common keel and provides splendid manoeuvrability. The downside is that it has less directional stability than 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.

The boat can enter most marinas as the draft is just about 1.55 - 1.65 meter (5.09 - 5.39 ft) dependent on the load. See immersion rate below.


Engine

Alo Mikkel 26 is typically equipped with an inboard Volvo Penta MD5A diesel engine at 7.0 hp (5 kW), which gives a max speed about 3.7 knots.

The transmission is a saildrive.


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.

Stability and Safety

What is Capsize Screening Formula (CSF)?

The capsize screening value for Alo Mikkel 26 is 1.98, indicating that this boat could - if evaluated by this formula alone - be accepted to participate in ocean races.


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 Alo Mikkel 26 is about 117 kg/cm, alternatively 655 lbs/inch.
Meaning: if you load 117 kg cargo on the boat then it will sink 1 cm. Alternatively, if you load 655 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.

Motion Comfort Ratio

What is Motion Comfort Ratio (MCR)?

The Motion Comfort Ratio for Alo Mikkel 26 is 22.1.

Low High 76% 0 50 100
Comparing this ratio with similar sailboats show that it is more comfortable than 76% of all similar sailboat designs. This is a comfort value significantly above average.


L/B (Length Beam Ratio)

What is L/B (Length Beam Ratio)?

The l/b ratio for Alo Mikkel 26 is 2.82.

Slim Wide 73% 0 50 100
Compared with other similar sailboats it is more spacy than 73% 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 Alo Mikkel 26 is 41%.

Low High 58% 0 50 100
This ballast ratio shows a righting moment that is higher than 58% of all similar sailboat designs. A righting moment (ability to resist heeling) just above average.


D/L (Displacement Length Ratio)

What is Displacement Length Ratio?

The DL-ratio for Alo Mikkel 26 is 287 which categorizes this boat among 'medium weight cruisers'.

Heavy Light 24% 0 50 100
24% of all similar sailboat designs are categorized as heavier. A heavy displacement combined with smaller water plane area has lower acceleration and is more comfortable.


SA/D (Sail Area Displacement ratio)

What is SA/D (Sail Area Displacement ratio)?

The SA/D for Alo Mikkel 26 with ISO 8666 reference sail is 13.6, with a 135% genua the SA/D is 16.3.

Low High 21% 0 50 100
The SA/D ratio indicates that it is faster than 21% of all similar sailboat designs in light wind.


Over- / underrigged

Low High 21% 0 50 100
The Alo Mikkel 26 has more rig than 21% of all similar sailboats, which indicates that the boat is significantly underrigged.


RSP (Relative Speed Performance)

What is Relative Speed Performance?

The Relative Speed Performance for Alo Mikkel 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.


Maintenance

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 21m2 (226 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.


Rig

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
UsageLengthDiameter
Mainsail halyard 24.0 m(78.7 feet)8 mm(5/16 inch)
Jib/genoa halyard24.0 m(78.7 feet)8 mm(5/16 inch)
Spinnaker halyard24.0 m(78.7 feet)8 mm(5/16 inch)
Jib sheet 7.7 m(25.3 feet)10 mm(3/8 inch)
Genoa sheet7.7 m(25.3 feet)10 mm(3/8 inch)
Mainsheet 19.2 m(63.2 feet)10 mm(3/8 inch)
Spinnaker sheet16.9 m(55.6 feet)10 mm(3/8 inch)
Cunningham2.4 m(8.0 feet)8 mm(5/16 inch)
Kickingstrap4.9 m(16.0 feet)8 mm(5/16 inch)
Clew-outhaul4.9 m(16.0 feet)8 mm(5/16 inch)

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