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Niagara 26
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Description: Niagara 26
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Review Date: Mon November 27, 2000 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Just purchased and have not yet sailed this boat. There is little available info so I will add this review anyhow.

The boat is built by Hinterhoeller and has a reputation as a reasonably fast boat. The rating is 111 I believe. Interior is roomy for a boat that races but smaller than other boats that are near 27 feet. Headroom is about 5'8" and beam is 8' 4". Boat has a galley, sleeps four, head accross from hanging locker. Layout seems a bit roomier tan C&C 25 MkI. Lots of teak. Two interior teak bulkheads, teak door to head, teak cabinetry and teak/holly sole. this boat is hill #2 and has no hull liner on interior of hull. Surveyed in Nov 2000 and has very little moisture in deck or hull ... notsure if this is due to quality, maintenance or both.

Good boat with the interior room of a 25 footer and very good sailing characteristics(by repurtation).

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AndyCarran
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Registered: June 2001
Review Date: Tue June 12, 2001 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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It's hard to think of what to add to Michael Hoyt's review on this site.

We bought our Niagara 26 (our first keelboat, after decades of dinghy sailing) in 1999 after trying Mirage 26s/27s and Tanzer 26s/7.5s. In comparison to those, we were struck by the Niagara's nimbleness. We are enjoying it on the handicap racenights, although we are struggling to learn how to get the best upwind. As Michael says, there are plenty of controls, and I'm still working out an optimum combination to get rid of a fair bit of weather helm. I agree with Michael about heel - the boat is tender, but is faster when more upright.

We like the accommodation. The cabin is spacious and the dinette arrangement is handy for days as well as making a berth that is very comfortable for one person, intimate (!) for two. Obviously, the headroom is less than standing height, but that's tolerable for our sailing pattern (mainly day-sailing with occasional overnight anchoring with one or two sleeping on board).

The lazarette is a great stowage for things that don't mind getting wet. The penalty is a somewhat small cockpit, not helped by the traveller at the two-thirds back position.

Since this is our first keelboat, I was looking for simplicity and found it in this Niagara 26. Our boat has an outboard, and other simple features that I was looking for, e.g. transom-hung rudder, port-a-potty head.

We've been very pleased, and see no reason to change.
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BobCiupa
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Registered: June 2001
Review Date: Wed June 20, 2001 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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I first sailed Derek Orr's Vivacious, hull #4, about 10 years ago. We brought the boat from Treasure Island, up the St. Lawrence River to Kingston, through the Upper Gap, and across Lake Ontario to Niagara on the Lake. Fully loaded for cruising, with old sails, we surfed the boat like a dinghy for over 3 solid hours of exhilaration, and made the entire trip of over 140 NM in under 22 hours. It was enough to convince me! When the time came to sell my Shark, I knew there was only one boat that would give me the same type of performance with good cruising amenities, offered Hinterhoeller construction quality and was in my price range. It was the Niagara 26. I've never regretted it.

The boat is a sparkling all round performer, taking the often light airs of the Great Lakes with aplomb, yet rugged enough that my wife and I have done 74 mile crossings in gale conditions without concern.

We've lived on board repeatedly for a month at a time in the 1000 Islands, and 'round Lake Erie, are looking forward to an extended cruise up the Trent Severn to Georgian Bay, the 30,000 Islands and the North Channel. The boat is comfy enough that at cruise end, it's tough to return to the working world.

The boat screams "Race me!" My time constraints haven't permitted it, but fellow owners from my club have with solid enjoyment and success. The fact that in our club of 50 boats (mixed power and sail) there are 5 26's is a solid testimant to how highly the people I boat with regard them. And I can't count the number of times as I've sailed around the Great Lakes that people have come over admiringly to compliment the boat on its graceful good looks.

For nigh on 20 years, Don Campbell of Niagara on the Lake Sailing Club has trailered his Niagara to Florida each winter, cruised the Bahamas, then trailered to Georgian Bay each summer. He published a couple of articles in Gam on Yachting a few years ago about cruising on the Niagara.

Personally, I find the boat a tad too small to retire on. But when that fateful day comes for me to sell, it will probably bring a tear to my eye. I guarantee I will miss this boat and the great sailing it provides till the day I die.

Bob Ciupa
Brass Tacks
Niagara 26, #69
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mikehoyt

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Registered: November 2000
Posts: 675
Review Date: Wed October 31, 2001 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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The Niagara 26 sails like a racing boat but combines this with a comfortable interior.

This George Hinterhoeller design has very good upwind performance which leaves her contemporaries far behind. Sail adjustments abound but can be used or ignored at the discretion of the skipper. The Niagara 26 is a fractional rig and our boat (hull 002) has adjustable backstay, cunningham, outhaul, 2 jiffy reefing lines, pole up, pole down and 3 halyards all led aft to cabin. There are 6 winches with jam cleats beside each and a mainsheet traveller that crosses the cockpit. Sail inventory is typically #1,#3 and main and often there is a spinnaker. Of the genoas the boat sails best with #3. All of the adjustments make this a great boat for wanna be racers or true racers but most can be ignored if a sensible sail plan is used on a comfortable day sail. The boat sails well with all sails but performs best when kept under 20 degrees of heel. For optimum performance it is as always best to reef early and even more so on this boat than some others - although it can handle the extra sail area. In a recent local area race winds gusted up to 35 knots but the racers on their Niagara 26's chose not to reef from #3 and full main so that they would not be slower on downwind legs.

The cockpit has two large lockers under the cockpit seats and has a large lazarette locker under a "poop" deck. This locker has a cutout in the transom for outboard motor mount although some boats came with saildrive inboard. The Lazarette locker is large and sometimes wet so is best used for bumpers, anchor and a second cooler for beverages if desired. Also a great place to stash garbage bags as the weekend progresses. The transom cutout for the outboard limits height adjustablity of outboard in waves when compared to a bracket. This can lead to occasional swamping of motor.

The interior has 5'5" headroom in galley tapering to 5'2" in head. There are two layouts. The first few boats have a table that folds down from the bulkhead in between two single settee berths while the more common layout has a starboard single sette berth and a port dinette double berth. On entering the cabin looking aft you pass thru a galley with sink & cooler to stbd and stove to port. There are two cupboards and one drawer. Passing thru the saloon (described earlier) with teak/holly sole you come to a teak bulkhead with a door leading to head area. There is a head to stb across from hanging locker to port. Thru another bulkhead is the vee berth with a 10 gal water tank beneath. We have stayed aboard Fri & Sat nights from May thru end of September this season with 2 adults and two children in relative comfort. There is a lot of teak especially in the first few boats.

Having sailed and raced in dingys up to 40 footers I am very impressed by this boat. It sails like a big dingy and is a delight to sail. The interior is useable and we have had five adults seated around the table on a cold night in relative comfort. If I could afford bigger I might be tempted but maybe not.

Conclusion: Great boat for someone who aspires to be a racer but is really a cruiser.

Check out www3.ns.sympatico.ca/mhoyt for pictures of our boat or try the new web site http://www.clubs.yahoo.com/clubs/nia...boatownerspage

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http://users.eastlink.ca/~mhoyt
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garvock
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Registered: February 2002
Posts: 3
Review Date: Sat February 9, 2002 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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I like to race but spend a lot of time sailing to and from races in Georgian Bay. I like a little more room to live on board than a Kirby or J24 (or 27) offers. I also have a limited budget too so that was a major consideration. The boat had be under $20,000- Can (14,000 US). I still want to be fast so what kind of boat should I chose? I pondered this question for a couple of years and asked anyone who knew anything, what they thought. Well the name of one boat Kept coming up all the time, the Niagara 26. I traveled to Meaford to see "Wind Warrior" and found out that it was the club champion. I traveled to Thornbury and talked to the owner of "Slip stream" the club champion there. I traveled to Barrie and began to crew with "Babe" the club champion there. In the end I purchased a Niagara 26 with a partner and liked it so much I purchased another one on my own. We took first place in the high rating white sails division at the Meaburywood Regatta in our first year. We were third in the Georgian Bay Regatta (which was won by Slip Stream) as well. For more information see our Niagara website on yahoo at http://clubs.
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garvock
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Registered: February 2002
Posts: 3
Review Date: Mon July 2, 2007 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: fast for its size and nice to handle
Cons: could use a bit more rudder and water sometimes comes in the transom of the outboard.

No better small club racer out there for the price.
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DoomDahDoomDoom
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Registered: March 2008
Location: Toronto
Posts: 35
Review Date: Wed January 28, 2009 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $15,000.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Excellent club racer, comfortable interior
Cons: 5'5" headroom

Mike Hoyt's review pretty much says it all.

This boat is an excellent club racer/cruiser. It can keep up with J24s or Kirby 25s, but unlike those two pure race boats, you can actually cruise quite comfortably in the N26 as well. I've had 7 adults sitting around the cabin table for drinks and cards (mine is the center table layout, not the starboard table/setee arragment).

The only knock on it is the lack of full standing headroom (it's close: 5'5" to 5'7" depending on where you are in the cabin). But you'll usually pay quite a bit more to get that in something like a C&C 27.

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