Showing up at the marina with a Sargo is a bit like driving a Mercedes G-Class in front of a pack of SUVs: “Look, this is how it really works!” While many so-called explorer yachts with their towering bow and angular cabin are merely an “as if”, the Sargo is “even more so”. Sunshine cruises in smooth seas are just a nice sideline for them, their profession is “off-road” sailing.
We are now standing in front of such an original. An imposing appearance: she remains seaworthy when other motor yachts have long since been craned and are safely in dry winter storage. In the words of shipyard boss Sarin: “We advise customers not to do it, but they do it anyway.” Especially with the brand new Sargo 45, the largest boat in the product range.
Going out in icy conditions, for example, fishing in sub-zero temperatures, or on cab tours across the fjord in a storm. The hull breaks up to 8.5 centimeters of ice, as Sarin has tested himself. “You can get out in tough conditions, sure you can.” The trust is almost boundless: Sarin regularly receives gripping photos from Sargo owners, taken in the middle of winter, the deck covered in snow, icicles on the roof.
Bis zu 30 Knoten schnell fährt die 15 Meter lange Sargo 45 © Alexi Mäkinen
“Or this one.” Sarin shows a video on his smartphone: A few weeks ago, a Dutch customer tested the 45 on the North Sea, “in really bad weather”, with more than a meter of waves and a wind force of six. Conditions in which many fair-weather pilots would not come out from behind the stove. “The man was thrilled!” It is not for nothing that Sargo advertises with the slogan “The All Season Yacht”.
Two diesels with a total of 880 hp
“Having a Sargo means casting off and going out. We simply build solid and seaworthy boats.” And fast too: Sarin pushes the control levers forward and the familiar sound of the twin diesels increases. Let’s finally show what works, they seem to demand. “Will someone close the door?”
Tischlein deck dich: Im Salon lädt eine u-förmige Sitzgruppe zur Pause ein © Alexi Mäkinen
Im Salon der Sargo 45 ist Platz für eine Großfamilie © Alexi Mäkinen
Die hohe Fertigungsqualität ist auch an kleinen Details wie den Becherhaltern ersichtlich © Wildberg
We can’t right now, we have to hold on tight. The Sargo jumps off as if fired by a propellant charge, switching to planing speed in seconds. Soon we will break the 30-knot mark. What is no big deal with a small rib, here it becomes a natural event. This is how Hannibal must have felt on one of his elephants before Cannae: You can feel the twelve tons of mass that two six-cylinder in-line diesels with a total of 880 hp are now asking to dance.
In Sarin’s hands, everything stays in time. It catches up with the group of other motorboats at the Finnboat Show and descends to a cruising speed of 24 knots. We keep in touch with small, super-light powerboats, that’s not an option! The big lump just won’t go away. And the boat never feels underpowered for a moment.
That’s the aha effect: anyone who doesn’t know what the Sargo 45 is capable of will almost fall off their (captain’s) chair in the face of its agility. And the fuel for distant shores gurgles beneath our feet in the 1200-liter tank. No destination too far …
And so the name creation also makes sense: “Sargo” is a somewhat unconventional abbreviation. For what?