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Paceship 26
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Description: Paceship 26
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Registered: January 2000
Location: maryland
Posts: 1888
Review Date: Thu November 20, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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9' beam, sleeps five adults, enclosed head, basic, heavy with thick hull. Displacement at 6,000 to 6,800 lbs. Keel steped mast, 6' 1" headroom. The boat is a great cruiser on a budget. I had a 15hp ob, W would run at 1/2 to 1/3 throttle. The boat needs wind to move, a larg genoa is a must in light air places like long island sound in the summer. Weakness is an iron keel, and leaky deck fittings, common in that age production boat. The boat is solid, but the rudder (hinged outboard) is susceptable to rusting internally at the lower hinge, and mine broke in a breaze at that point in a brease on thenew owner. Rudder should be stored in heated place over the winter. Please email questions, lots of fun for the money.
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Location: maryland
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Review Date: Thu August 27, 1998 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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LOA: 26'4", Beam 9"6", Draft 4'6", Displacement 6400 lbs (more with the diesel), keel stepped mast, 6'1" headroom, 5 berths.

The PY 26 was built in Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia, until, at the end of 1977, the company was bought by AMF in Conneticut, who built the design until 1981. In 1981, Tanzer industries bought the mold and produced the boat as the Tanzer 27 (with a desk stepped mast) until they went out of business.

The Nova Scotia boats can be identified by gold anodized masts and wooden toerails, the AMF boats had black anodized masts and black, slotted aluminum toerails.

The PY 26 is quite large for its size but still sails well, even in light airs with a 150% genoa. In heavy airs, the boat feels stable, secure and is quite dry. The large outboard rudder makes the boat very responsive and provides excellent feedback. The boat is heavily built, with a fiberglass liner finishing the interior nicely. I was astounded to find 3/4" solid glass in the transom.

The keel is cast iron and mine is rusting nicely. Sandblasting and an epoxy coat should take care of that.

The interior is laid out in a traditional manner. V-berth forward, separated from the head compartment by a bulkhead and a door. The mail saloon, separated from the head by a bulkhead and a door, has a settee on either side with a pilot berth aft of the port settee. The galley sits across the centerline of the boat under the bridge deck. The dinette table folds up against the main bulkhead when not in use. This is the Canadian layout. Apparently in the AMF boats, the galley is L shaped, taking some room away from the starboard settee (haven't seen this layout, mine's the Canadian layout).

My only gripe at this point is that the 8hp Yanmar diesel is a little underpowered for this boat. Nothing too serious but one needs a little patience when powering into a current or a chop on a windy day. (Still way better than an outboard that tends to lift out of the water).

In summary this is a well built, roomy, good looking boat.

I'd be happy to respond to any questions you may have.

Matt
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Review Date: Fri May 26, 2000 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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I would have to agree with the review of Matt Koch. As I read his review, I thought he was desribing my boat. Actually, I have the L shaped galley and on a boat of this size, wished the galley had been given less consideration. The bulkheads are solid, the wood work still sound and the hull well built if not on the heavy side. Most of the metal hasps, hinges and latches were of the chromed zinc variety and have broken within the last 2-3 years. They were of the variety expected for a boat in this price range when new. Cheap enough to replace but still more work to distract from sailing. The packing nut in the bilge aft of the engine is a bear to get a wrench on and even harder to turn. You MUST be a contortionist to adjust it. Otherwise, I concur that the 8hp Yanmar single lung is underpowered and parts are in an ever diminishing supply. It does still crank and run and will do so inspite of itself. I also have the iron keel/centerboard trunk and you MUST keep it clean in order to use the dropdown centerboard. Haulouts are essential on this boat and saltwater environs only seem to necessitate them almost every 8-12 months for inspection of the keel/centerboard. Other than the few complaints I described here, I have been quite happy with her performance and reliability. I have been caught in a few 20+ knot days alone and she performed very well (predictable and safe). Used ones can be found here in Florida for better than average prices. I sail her on the St Johns River (in NE FLA) freshwater but still prone to heavy botom growth and barnacles. Email me if you want further or specific info.
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Registered: May 2001
Posts: 1
Review Date: Sat September 1, 2001 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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A great first boat for a beginner, especially if you don't want to make a huge investment. Mine's the AMF model, built after the sale which I believe was in 76 or so.

I bought mine last spring after looking at comparably priced and vintage Catalina's, Hunters, etc, but liked the fact that this one had been set up for single handed sailing (furler, 4 self-tailing winches, auto-tiller etc. ) A really solid feeling to it, and lots of room to move around above and below decks. It's heavy, so it's hard to get into too much trouble in a breeze!

It has a relatively new Yamaha 9.9 outboard, -- would have liked an inboard, but must admit it's nice to have the maneuverability of the outboard in tight quarters at the marina (plus ease of maintenance, parts, etc if I need them). The biggest downside is the 4.5 foot draft, which I need to watch here in coastal Carolina... My only investment so far has been a new fathometer to insure I can keep her keel out of the mud!.

All the teak (I assume) woodwork below has a far nicer feel than the "plastic" interiors in newer boats. With new cushion covers installed by the previous owner, the salon looks like a new boat.

I will use it almost exclusively as a daysailor, but hope to get years of fun with it.
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Review Date: Fri February 8, 2002 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Great boat!!! I was looking for a Catalina 27 when I stumbled upon this boat in a marina. When I saw the stepped through mast and the thick hull, I put a deposit down on it. It's a heavy, beamy boat that can handle heavy breezes. Not the greatest in light winds. I sail mostly with a genoa--the jib doesnt cut it. Mine is a swing keel that draws only 2'10" up, to which is how I mostly sail with it, up to 6' deep fully extended. It has a real nice simple interior, with an enclosed head. This is a stiffer boat than the PY23 with sails up. However, its only a coastal cruiser, and not to be confused as a blue water sailor. It's powered by a Honda 9.9 outboard.
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Registered: May 2011
Location: Pelican's Perch Marina
Posts: 53
Review Date: Sun April 29, 2012 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $1,000.00 | Rating: 7 

 
Pros: 6 foot cabin almost 10 foot beam
Cons: door leading into head reaches down and knocks 5'10" men in the noggin

Just bought the boat, she is rough, but solid. Yanmar YSB12 motor. Will post another review after first sail.

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Bill Brown
Pensacola Florida
1972 Morgan 35
The good ship Ubiquitous
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