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Home » Sailnet Boat Reviews » P - Boats starting with 'P' » Parker Dawson

 
Parker Dawson 26
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Description: Parker Dawson 26
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Location: maryland
Posts: 1888
Review Date: Fri April 18, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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The Parker Dawson 26 is a center cockpit, swing keel, trailerable pocket cruiser. This boat was also manufactured over different time periods under the names Dawson 26, Bombay 26 and Nauset 26. The boat is intended to be a trailerable boat for cruising in all waters. The boat has a front and rear cabin, with an amazing amount of room for a trailerable boat. Most boats are equipped with wheel steering, inboard Yanmar diesel, two heads(one in each cabin) fuel, fresh and blackwater tanks. The Parker Dawson is no longer manufactured with the last model built approximately around 1984-5. It is my opinion that the boat was over designed and over built for the 26 foot class boat and resulted in an astronomical new selling price when compared to other MacGregors, "Cats" or similar style boats. The new selling price for this boat in a bare boat condition was $26,000 in 1983. When upgrading the boat with the wheel steering, inboard, trailer, etc. the price was quickly driven up to $40,000. This is a very well
built boat and has recorded crossings of both the Atlantic and Pacific. The layout of the boat, while being very comfortable and practical, does not make it one of the more attractive hulls on the water. Also, the weight and characteristics do not make it one of the faster 26 footers on the water. For comfort, convience and saftey, this is probably the best 26 foot boat on the water.
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Review Date: Tue August 8, 2006 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Quality, room, ease of use are all excellent
Cons: Rudder cage needs to be made of stainless steel

Love the boat, worth the money. You cannot buy a boat of this quality, roominess, and usefulness at this pricepoint from any other manufacturer. The design should be replicated by a current sailboat manufacturer.
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rdubuque
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Registered: October 2003
Posts: 3
Review Date: Wed February 7, 2007 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Excellent family cruiser.
Cons: None

I bought my boat about 4 years ago after it had been sunk at the dock due to an stray intake connection.

This is a great boat. with a great online user group(s). Check out parkerdawson.com and midship25.com to find full brochures and a forum to communicate with other users.

We cruised comfortably for a month as a family of four this summer on the Great Lakes living aboard. Most people think it is a 30 footer. Having a boat this sturdy, trailerable and roomy has worked perfectly for our family.

The boat also was sold as a fixed keel, which I think was used in Ostar races (4 Atlantic Crossings)in the late 70's and early 80s.

Come visit the site.
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BeeRanch
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Registered: August 2009
Review Date: Wed September 16, 2009 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Build quality, ease of use, comfort and safety
Cons:

Mine is a Midship 25 (same boat as Parker Dawson 26) and has held up to the years very well. I can rig and launch the boat by myself from a boat ramp and safely sail to any place I want. If you want a seaworthy trailer sailer in this price range there ain't much else out there. Check these sites out for more info: http://sites.google.com/site/parkerdawson26
http://parkerdawson.tripod.com/1midship.html
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