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Pearson P-26
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Description: Pearson P-26
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Review Date: Tue September 3, 1996 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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A VERY STABLE SMALL CRUISER/RACER FOR IT'S SIZE, JUST SOLD MINE DEC 1996 AND HAD CRUISED UP TO PEARSON 10M 33 FT SLOOP. HAD GREAT TIMES WITH THE P-26 AND DO MISS THE MANUVERABILITY, AND THE SHALLOW DRAFT IT CAME WITH (4') NOW I HAVE 5'11" DRAFT TO CONTEND WITH. A GREAT BEGINNER SAILBOAT.


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Review Date: Sat April 5, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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The P-26 is an excellent boat for new or intermediate sailors. It is especially well suited to small families on a budget who need a more substantial boat than the typical trailer-sailer. It is strongly and simply built and a good sailer in winds of 10-20 knots.Only design complaint is the iron keel which is a maintenance problem but remember, you can sail away(coastal, not offshore) on a p-26 for 5-7000! A great boat for it's intended purpose. I am a 10 year owner with a homeport in Mystic,CT.


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Review Date: Fri July 17, 1998 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Owned for 4 years, mainly for club racing.
Since buying, I have modified :
New bottom to counter blisters
rewired the boat
windward ball bearing traveler system
Halyards lead aft
Self tailing winches
replaced the rudder bearing twice
new suit of Doyle sails
new cushions
replaced head & added holding tank
Replace standing rigging and lifelines
added boom vang and backstay adjuster

The boat is a ton of fun. It is stiff and will roll out
from under you if you push it too hard. It likes 17-23 degrees of angle. A backstay adjuster will allow you to carry larger sails for about 2-3 extra knots of wind.

Glasswork is 1st rate. I got t-boned by a plow anchor in
a race last year in 18 knts of wind. Had the fix done in 2 days. No balsa to suck up water.

In light air, you need to get weight on the leeward rail. It rewards you with very good performance to windward for a boat of it's age.

Way too small to cruise with, but the one design cockpit is
18 inches larger so you can carry more friends than most 30 footers. fairly wet in a blow because of the low cabin top.

Outboard is noisy, and so far aft that it has trouble going into the wind when it pipes up to 30-40 knots.

Fine little racer. Took 3rd last night with mine, following an indentical one around the course. :>)

It seems everyone who has a big race boat had one earlier in life...
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Review Date: Thu November 5, 1998 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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fast PHRF racer
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Review Date: Tue May 23, 2000 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Great first keel boat. Well built, reasonably stiff and stable. Great sailing boat, particularly in medium and heavy air. A little heavy for light air work. Reasonably fast - sails well to PHRF ratings around 210. I took first place honors in my first race (first season with the boat). Simple systems aboard the boat make it easy to work on. There were a lot of these built, so selection is good. Prices are very reasonable. A little cramped by today's standards for a 26 footer, but very livable for weekending for a couple, or small family - my wife and two small kids have spent 4 days aboard comfortably. Downsides include narrow sidedecks, making the trip forward to change sails a bit difficult. Galley seems like an afterthought, split arrangement, little usable counter space, no built-in ice box. I would have preferred a quarterberth instead of starboard settee, galley on starboard, and dinette/nav station on the port. Still a great boat though, and an outstanding value.
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Review Date: Tue April 8, 2003 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Great boat. I recently purchaced this boat. It had not been moved or sailed since 1999 (2003 now). When I had it hauled out there was no bottom paint left but only 4 or five blisters. Very minor. The hull of this boat appears to be bomb proof, which in my mind made this a perfect boat for restoring. It appears no one has ever done any repairs on the deck and after 32 years there have not been any leaks the stantions are very stiff and there is not a soft spot on the boat except minor stuff on the **** pit floor. If this had been a O'Day or Catalina of similar vintage with a similar amount of maintence it would have been on the bottom of Lake Lanier.
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Review Date: Thu May 1, 2003 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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what a wonderful lil' boat-lots of storage-i live on my boat-it's very comfortable--low maintance--rebuilt galley to an L-shape galley --easy to sail solo--
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Review Date: Tue August 17, 2004 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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1970 Pearson Sloop Sailboat. She's a beauty. Very stable. Sleeps 5. New sheets and lines. Sails cleaned. Ready to sail. Comes with trailor. I hate to sell her, but my crew grew up and left home : ( Pics via email. $7500. 989-734-7744.
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