26′ V-Bottom raised deck weekend cruiser

Shortly after we launched the prototype of Doug’s TOP HAT design in 2002, he sketched another version along the same lines but with a higher topsides, a windshield and shelter top. The idea was to provide better protection from the elements and more accommodations space for short cruises.

Eleven years later a couple approached Doug about a small lobster boat design for day use and weekend cruises. On a whim he showed them his sketch and they were smitten.

The new boat has a lot in common with TOP HAT: a narrow twisting v bottom with a fine entry and fairly flat run for good sea keeping, fuel efficiency and semi-planing speed; shapely topsides with flared bow sections transitioning gracefully to tumblehome at the quarters and a radiused transom; powered by an outboard in a well for quiet, fuel efficiency, economy and space saving.

See Maine Boats, Homes, and Harbors (Issue 133) for a nice writeup on BAGATELLE.

There are plenty of differences too: The sheathed strip plank construction method allowed us to do away with the sawn frames which saved labor and space; a cored foredeck eliminates the need for deck beams providing more head room down below; the main bulkhead was moved aft allowing space for a toilet opposite a sink and cupboards aft of the v birth; and of course the higher raised deck sheer with windshield and shelter top.

We’re excited about the looks and the capabilities of this little cruiser. From their homeport in Brooklin her owner’s will be a day’s cruise or less from countless friendly harbors, quiet coves and islands to explore. They’ll cruise safely, quietly, and comfortably. They’ll get there in good time but they won’t break the bank on the fuel bill. And they’ll do it in style!


LOA – 26′ 6”
LWL – 25′ 5”
BEAM – 8′ 2″”
DRAFT – 1′ 4”
DISPLACEMENT – 3680 lbs.
CONSTRUCTION – Sheathed strip plank.
PROPULSION – 60 hp Evinrude E-tec in an enclosed motor well.
SPEED – Up to 17 knots with above engine

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