Atalanta 26

The genius of Uffa Fox and Fairey Marine’s skill with hot moulded ply produced this striking cruising design in 1963. Double lifting keels, roll-top shape and centre cockpit were all radical at the time and strange to the eye today. She has six berths, sitting headroom and rudimentary facilities. Under way she is stiff and surprisingly quick, with the lifting keels and flat bottom giving exceptional downwind performance. Despite her age there are still plenty about, but the method of construction means rot is expensive to treat and many on the market require extensive restoration. A 31ft version was also built, with a bit more room in all directions.

LOA 26ft (7.92m), LWL 24ft 6in (7.46m), beam 7ft 9in (2.36m), draught 1ft 3in to 5ft 9in (0.38m to 1.75m), displacement 4,480 lb (2,036kg).  Price guide: £3,000 to £7,500.