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Reinell 26
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Description: Reinell 26
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Review Date: Tue September 9, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 


I bought this boat in Sarasota, Fl in 1993. Plywood core between bottom laminations was rotted. I did a extensive rebuild. This has been a fine boat and sails very well. I brought it to Lake Superior in May of '96 and have enjoyed sailing it here. I am interested in more info on the history of the boat.
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Registered: January 2000
Location: maryland
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Review Date: Tue October 26, 1999 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 


Two problems with the OMC outdrives activasted by a single-stalk control activating both throttle and gear shift on one wand [2in upper, 2 in lower control stations],
1. Neither the upper flybridge nor the lower cabin gearchift controls will activate the gears--outdrives will not go into forward or reverse--is this a mechanical or electrical problem? What is soultion? What is checkout?
2. I overloaded the 110 volt AC circuit and blue it. How does it reset? Where are circuit breakers? How to reset? Is the only 110 volt system at the power converter below the seat in the dinette? Can another be added? What is best solution to add 2 more 110 volt circuits?
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Review Date: Mon May 12, 2003 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 


I have owned the Reinell 26 for about 6 months now. Having sailed for half my life I can honestly say this boat is a great weekender.It isn't a fast boat but it sure is user frendly. The cabin is the size of a 20' camping trailer. The powerhead should be removed though. There is a retaining pin that is located between the drive shaft and the prop that usually ends up at the bottom of the body of water you are on.My suggestion is a small outboard. I have an 8hp suzuki that moves the boat just fine. The interior accomidations are more than sufficient for a boat of this size.It has a foward v berth that will sleep 2 a porta-potti on the port and a sink station on the starboard fed by a 16 gallon res. with pump.Mid hull there is a booth that seats 4 and a starboard galley with another sink, 2 burner stove, icebox and cabinets for goodies. There is a small closet located next to the sink that will accomidate a weekend's worth of clothes. There are 2 berths aft on both port and starboard long enough for michael jordan to bed down. Overall height of the cabin is 6'2" thanks in part to the drop center keel. The boat draws only 2'6" of water,so grounding this ship will be a feat only an idiot could accomplish. The Reinell 26 has 3800lbs of displacement and measures 23' at the waterline. My biggest complaint about the boat is the tiller.When swung to the extreme left or right you can do damage to somebody's chin.The R26 does not demand alot of money on the open market so I would say these boats are a good buy between $1500-$4500 depending on the condition.
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Review Date: Fri July 21, 2006 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $2,000.00 | Rating: 6 

Pros: HUGE Cabin, Large Cockpit, Shallow Keel, Sleeps 6, Low maintenance
Cons: Non-traditional Appearance, Deckstepped Mast, Very Poor Windward Performance

Great small boat for those looking for a camper on the water. This boat has a very unusual design in that it has no side decks. The cabintop goes straight to toerail. It has the appearence of a powerboat with a mast. However, this allows for a massive interior cabin for a sailboat this size. Easily the room of a 30' and more than many.

The boat has roomy cockpit that very comfortably seats four. Having a tiller is nice in that you dont have to wrestle around a pedestal and when not sailing you can put the tiller in the up position which leaves a totally unobstructed space for lounging. Once inside there is quarter berth to port and starboard underneath the cockpit lockers. These are very deep and can hold the tallest of people with ease. The main salon is very comfortable with 6' Headroom where there is a deep well where the keel attaches. To port is a dining area with 2 benches with pedestal table that drops down to form a double berth. Next to the table is a long plexiglass window 10" tall and about 4' long that offer a great view and lots of interior light. To starboard is a nice sized hanging locker with double doors and a shelf inside connected is a nice large seat for chart reading. Passed that is a nice sized galley with sink, 2 burner alcohol stove, and a front access ice box about the size of a large mini-frig and ample counter space for food prep. Moving forward there is a small door that encloses the head area or can be used to close off the whole forward cabin. Inside the forward cabin is a ample double v-berth, a small sink, and 3 drawers for storage. Again, the unusual design gives you WAY more room inside than any other boat this size. Storage is way more than ample for any purposes.

The boat has a U-shaped bottom and a stubby thick keel that gives it an unbeliveably shallow draft of 3'ish. One more than one occasion I sailed passed people fishing with waders on while then tried to wave me off for fear I was running myself aground. The look on thier face as I sailed by into some small cove or creek was priceless. If you should ground yourself its nice to know you could just jump in waist deep water and deal with it.

The sailplan is small enough to be easily handled by anyone. The winches are small but adequate for such a small sailplan and well located. The windward performance was just awful, probably due to having such a shallow keel. She did however take bad weather moderately well and seemed relatively stable for a small boat with such a short keel. The rigging is all very light and with a deck stepped mast I would avoid very heavy weather/seas. This is strictly a protected water fair-weather cruiser. The boat is fairly tall and has a lot of windage, I used an oversized anchor and never dragged.

Mine had an outboard that I hardly ever used. It motored ok, but using and outboard and tiller, bleh. But, once again no inboard is one less whole below the waterline.

Maintenance was very simple. No teak or brass or anything. A port-a-pot means no through-hulls. Only had one though-hull, above the waterline, for the sink and two in the transom for the cockpit scuppers. Scrub the, all fiberglass, outside with a deckbrush. The inside is also low maintenance. Most of the interior is laminate over plywood. Its not teak or mahogony but it actually didnt look bad. I had no evidence anywhere of anything coming unglued/unlaminated. Wipe it down and go. No chipping varnish or real wood to deal with. Like any wood/balsa core deck dont let your deck hardware leak. Remove and rebed deck hardware at any sign of water, greying or crazing around stantions, cleats, etc. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

I used this small boat as a liveaboard for about 5 years and was very happy with her. She was sailed lightly on the northern Chesapeake out of Baltimore Harbor.
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Review Date: Tue November 6, 2007 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 


I am considering taking a Reinell 26 on a semi-long-distance voyage along ocean coastline. Does anyone have experience sailing this boat in chop or swells? From what I have learned so far, its stats are comparable to a Bayliner Buccaneer, which can put the sails in the water and pop back up again. Does the Reinell have similar stability? Also, any guesses as to hull speed?
Info I've gathered so far:
L.O.A.: 25'-8"
L.W.L.: 23'-1/2"
Beam: 8'
Draft: 2-1/2'
Displacement: 3,800 lbs
Ballast: 1,350 lbs
Main Sail: 126 sq. ft
Jib: 130% Lapper - 196 sq ft
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