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Seafarer 26
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Description: Seafarer 26
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Review Date: Sat November 22, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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STRONG CRUISING BOAT, LARGE CABIN WITH SIX
FOOT TWO INCH HEAD ROOM, STRONG BOAT,
WORTH MOST ASKING PRICES.
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Registered: January 2000
Location: maryland
Posts: 1888
Review Date: Sun August 30, 1998 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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The boat is of classical design - Rhodes/Meridian - and consequently sails extremely well in blue water. I am comfortable sailing it anywhere. Although it can handle the seas as well as bigger cruisers, the 7'3" beam makes it difficult for my wife and me to manage overnights on the water. There is just not enough room. Some day we will move to a larger boat of the same design. The boat has a full keel which requires some practice initially in handling under power in a tight harbor. Overall, I am very pleased with this boat and would recommend it to anyone who loves to sail.

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Review Date: Thu August 12, 1999 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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This boat is a strong little McCurdy & Rhodes design with a fin keel, skeg hung rudder, Edson wheel steering, Navico Autopilot, Hood RF, HCPW,etc. The interior accomodations are wonderful for a 26' boat. Most people that step aboard are suprised by the 6'6" head room, full width head /shower area, and general spaciousness. Down below seems like a 28 to 30 footer. With this larger interior area comes a higher freeboard making it feel secure and sail dry when the seas build. No 'round the buoys racer it still moves along at 5.5 to 6.5 knots in 15 knots wind speed with a full main and 120 up.

As for weaknesses, the Yanmar YSB 8hp though wonderfully reliable seems a bit underpowered. When motoring into a steep chop it all but puts the boat at a dead stop. There's some gel coat crazing in the corners of the cabin top but that's to be expected of a 20 year old production boat. The water heater must have been installed before the deck was put on because the only way to get it out after it failed was to cut the outer skin off, notch the edges of one of the cockpit hatches and pull it out. This also limited the chioces for replacement.

In summary, if your looking for a very comfortable, capable, crusing boat for two people, put this boat on the "short list" of ones to look at.






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Registered: January 2000
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Review Date: Sun August 22, 1999 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Just purchased this boat and am spending the summer with some rehab projects and much deferred TLC. The further I investigate the more impressed I am with the quality of the glass work and a number of clever construction features. Next season we will resume our cruising along the coast of Maine.
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Review Date: Wed November 26, 2003 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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The boat is great for lake erie, Lots of room 6ft one inch head room. I sail this boat off Fairport Harbor Ohio. I have had to replace the windows they were leaking. I want to trade for a smaller shallow draft sailboat. My slip is geting lower. I am looking for a cape dory typoon.
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Registered: October 2006
Review Date: Wed May 2, 2007 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 9 

 
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When i first saw this boat months before I owned it I had no idea it was only 26 foot. The cabin is the best feature on this boat. You can easily enjoy extended coastal cruising. Under sail she will suprise you at how much she really wants to go. Great in all conditions from 5 knots to 30 been in both and never felt that the boat was going to leave us. Only week point I have found is in very light winds she can be a bit fickle when it comes to holding a course. I think this has to do with the hight freeboard and the fin keel. I agree that if you are looking for a smaller boat that includes spacious cabin of a large boat then this is the boat for you.
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bobdianetti
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Registered: November 2011
Location: Cleveland Area
Review Date: Sun November 6, 2011 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $4,300.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Lot of room below and comfy cockpit
Cons: Hi freeboard = lots of windage - pay attention to docklines!

Really like this boat. Cockpit arrangement is unusual but allows for 5 adults to comfortably sit and have a nice conversation. Its big and wallows a bit, but is safe on Lake Erie and sails well in the chop and waves. LEAKY WINDOWS. More than any boat I've ever had - but that can be fixed.
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DeeDee Seafarer 26
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Registered: April 2012
Location: Ann Arbor,Mi
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Review Date: Wed April 18, 2012 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $5,000.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Great little overnighter that sails well
Cons: tends to hobby horse on broad reach following seas

This is our first entry level fixed keel sailboat, post flying scot trailer sailor. yanmar diesel has been reliable and a good stepping stone to larger boat in 5 years. we currently sail on Lake Erie and find it fine for just the 2 of us overnight, or 4 people for a day sail. Been out in 4-6 foot chop and 25+ gusts close hauled and she heeled to 30 degrees and locked right there...felt strong and safe. We have wheel steering and is very responsive.
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