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Tanzer 26
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5 7628 Wed April 1, 2009
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Description: Tanzer 26
Keywords: Tanzer 26
 


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Registered: January 2000
Location: maryland
Posts: 1888
Review Date: Tue September 24, 1996 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Cons:

Strengths- Sails well into wind, generally quick, excellent space below (seats up to 6, sleeps up to 5, good storage below galley, hanging locker), reasonable draft 3'10",cockpit seats 4 underway, 6 at rest.
Weaknesses- Inboard diesel (aftermarket product 7 hp BMW) is noisy, lots of shake, terrible to service.
Lots of weather helm, takes a strong person to hang on to rudder during beam reach in high winds (could be a tuning problem with rigging).
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Registered: January 2000
Location: maryland
Posts: 1888
Review Date: Mon May 29, 2000 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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this was a really big fast 26 boat & my wife & I cruised it from Boston north to Gloucester & south to Cape Cod & the vineyard for 7 years w/o a problem. Sold it for a 30 Pearson as the kids got bigger & we cruised for a longer time as a family. If we werein the market for a 25-26' boat a tanzer 26 would be our choice
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Review Date: Mon October 1, 2001 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros:
Cons:

The pros and cons of the Tanzer 26.

Pros:

Good sailor, seaworthy design, good performance, good cruiser, good club racer, comfortable, good interior layout (with the exception of the sittee/chart table arrangement found on post-1979 models), relatively shoal draft for a 26 foot fin keel boat, solid and well built, predictable and easy to sail, anchor locker, available on the used market at very reasonable prices, close to a thousand built, active network of owners who take pride in their boats and seek ways of improving the Tanzer 26 (e.g. a new rudder is being promoted for this boat).

Cons:

Heavy weather helm with standard rudder (not a problem with the new rudder design), lack of headroom for anyone six feet and over (there's more than adequate headroom for people 5'10" or shorter), a cast iron keel which requires a bit of maintenance, a slightly unorthodox deck and cabin appearance (which many people like), a starboard sittee/chart table arrangement which detracts from an otherwise fine interior layout (found on post-1979 models only).

For more information about this boat, check out:
http://sailquest.com/market/models/tanzer26.htm

Michael McGoldrick
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Trekker33
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Registered: July 2007
Location: Canada
Review Date: Wed July 9, 2008 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Great sailing boat...good use of the interior space
Cons: iron keel, weather helm

A great sailing boat and maybe one of the best boats in the 26' range...lots of room on the sidedecks, good size cockpit and very comfortable, interior was very well layed out in the early boats with good size ice boxs, all berths are good size. Head room is tight. My 9.9 outboard is more than enough power to move boat. Been out and did well in heavy weather when most other boats were racing to get in to port. I sailed this boat for 8 years before moving up in size...and if I were to go back to a smaller boat once again I would purchase another Tanzer 26.
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simon609zp

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Registered: August 2007
Location: Irmo, SC
Review Date: Wed April 1, 2009 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Sails very well, plenty of room down below
Cons: Same as everyone else - the weather helm with the original rudder

I bought this boat as a bit of a wreck in 2007. Even after being left in fresh water for over 10 years the bottom was in great shape. The interior was dry as a bone and after quite a few hours with the steam cleaner the original plaid cushion covers came up like new. This is a very well built boat both inside and out.

If you want to see what I mean, check out http://picasaweb.google.com/simon609zp

It does sail well, except for the heavy weather helm when the wind gets up. I haven't invested in the new rudder yet.

There is plenty of room down below for the 4 of us on an overnight, and the wide gunwales make it easy for my kids to move around the boat.

It is also not so heavy that you can't pull it out of the water with a half ton truck and work on it yourself.

I am pleased with this boat and would recommend one to anyone considering one.
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