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Chrysler 26
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Description: Chrysler 26
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Location: maryland
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Review Date: Thu June 26, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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9th summer on this great boat. I just finished redoing the interior (galley,upholstery, added doors above setees ) Very nice V- entry for big waves ! Roomy ! for a family of 4 plus dog. A great sailer on a tough Lake Winnipeg. Winch sizes could be bigger, cockpit coamings not so comfortable. I can't see owning another boat for here unless it's a Chrysler 30 ! Any out there ?
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Review Date: Mon October 13, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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The outboard motor version provides for a nice interior rear berth. Sturdy design, but have experienced some cockpit floor delamination. Sails well and the centerboard version allows additional adjustment for balance. Like the boat for the price.
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Review Date: Wed November 26, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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A great family boat with lots of room below for our family of four. Easy to single hand sail. Nice to have the swing keel for thin water sailing though will obiviously make much leeway with board in the up position.
The boat will be tender initialy but stiffins. Will have to reef early do to the narow beam and swing keel but will handle all weather with ease.
The only drawback to the boat is the swing rudder, if it Is'nt cracked yet it will be, the leading eadge of the stainless steel rudder brackets need be beefed up to handle the strain. That done it will be smooth sailing. I added vents through out the boat as well as port lights in the V berth, making it much more pleasant to see out while we swing at anchor. We find that a 16.5 Bruce and 40 feet of chain attached to 200 feet of 1/2 inch rode fit nicely into the anchor well, all making for a better night of sleep. Ours is equiped with a 9.9 out board that fits into the motor well in the transom that will push it at hull speed with no problem. The boat was designed by Halsey Herreshoff of Bristol R.I.

LOA .................................................. .........................26'0"
LWL............................................... ............................22'0"
Beam.............................................. .............................8'0"
Draft.....................................2'3".... .............................6'3"
Disp.............................................. .............................4850
Bal............................................... ..............................2000
Sail Area.............................................. ........................262

This is a great boat that can be bought at a good price.
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Review Date: Sun May 24, 1998 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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We have owned the boat for over 15 years. From our home "port" of Sacramento, CA, we have sail (off the trailer)as far north as the Gulf Islands in Canada and as far south as La Paz, Baja Mexico (6 month stay). Formerly a family of 4 now just Mom and Dad have not been able to find another boat we like better. Sought after and hard to find for sale in our area.


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Review Date: Wed July 22, 1998 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Fairly heavy trailerable boat. Lots of freeboard, standing headroom, roomy cockpit. Cabinetry is deadly sharp and removes skin in a real hurry. Storage space is not all that accessable. It would be great if it had lockers from the cockpit. The swing keel trunk makes it really awkward to move fore and aft when heeling. People can't pass each other. Since I'm singlehanding most of the time, that's not a problem. It seems to be a pretty safe boat and given the price, I'm really glad I bought it. I'll be taking another three week cruise this summer. This is my second season with the boat.
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Review Date: Thu October 8, 1998 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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I purchased mine last year after seeking out considerable input about this boat's design and sailing personality. Since then, I've sailed in light winds and heavy weather. My marina neighbors in their Catalina 27's and Hunter's may pass me by under 10 knots wind, anything over and they head for shore -- my fun begins! This boat will heal 25-30% and go no further. I,ve easily exceeded hull speed (5.7 knots) in wind speeds 10-15 knots.

To say this boat is sturdy would not be giving enough credit -- 220lbs tromping on the deck results in no flex. As for space, I've been looking at 27 & 28's having less room below and limited additional cockpit space. The outboard version provides for a huge aft berth.

The swing keel locks in the down position to eliminate the noise commonly associated with boats of this type. I sail mine often partially down -- this causes some occaisional knocking in chop.



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Review Date: Mon April 8, 2002 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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This boat is very rugged. Its a little bit of a pig in very light air, but when the wind picks up she sails very well. I have sailed in winds to force 5 without any problems. The centerboard trunk takes a lots of space away from the cabin. The keel model is much roomier. We have enough room for myself and three children to be very comfortable for up to a week. The 5 gallon stock water capacity isn't enough and I will upgrade it soon. Storage isn't accessible enough in the stock configuration, and the cabinet edges are deadly sharp. Sharp entry helps this boat handle heavy seas well.
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Registered: October 2002
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Review Date: Fri December 10, 2004 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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I purchased s/v Windward in the summer of 2002 in a more advanced state of disrepair (both neglect and botched upgrades) than I initially realized, and worked for months solid to get her back in order.

Small enough to easily singlehand, large enough for our family of three to comfortably weekend. She's big below decks for a 26 footer, and is layed out to provide some private sleeping areas.

Good standing headroom under companionway hatch, and reasonable throughout rest of boat. Nice, big hatch and companionway provide good ventilation, although if you're in rough stuff they leave you a bit exposed.

Swing keel trunk does take up space in cabin, but gives you something to grab or brace against when below in heavy weather. I like it.

Cockpit's a bit tight if you have passengers rather than crew, but fine for two or three. In heavy air the passengers are almost always in the way when coming about, but I try not to make them feel that way. Windward has wheel steering, which does eat some space but spares the shins and kneecaps of other cockpit dwellers.

Basic hull is solid glass, no core, and she's quite solid. Deck appears to be 3/4" plywood core, nice and solid even after 25 years with the exception of some crunchy sounds in the cockpit, probably due to leaks around the steering pedestal and some trim mounting screws.

I've sailed her about 25 times since October (it's January now), including 8 overnights.

Initially tender, she steadies out once she heels a bit. No inclinometer, but I'd guess 15° - 20° is where she likes to be.

The deep, TVA mountain lake I sail in is like a wind tunnel with a sense of humor. I've had her out in 20-25 kt steady, gusting over 40, and she's quite reassuring. Pretty easy to get the rail, and occasionally the portlights, down in air like that. She develops serious weather helm in a nasty blow, so be ready to spill the main. AirForce sails is making me a new main with double reef to help compensate.

The freeboard keeps her dry, but in a strong blow it creates a lot of windage. She seems best pleased to sail close-hauled, although I've broken 7 knots running with a reefed main and genny furled to about 80%.

Under power she moves well. I've been using a 2 hp Evinrude, and can make 3.5 knots GPS with the board up (about 3.2 board down). A used 9.9 is in the near future, since in adverse conditions the 2 hp just ain't cutting it.

Weaknesses include:

-> the rudder, which tends to pivot up a bit at really bad times, and which hits the prop when pivoted up for shallow water.

-> All the C26s I've seen sport serious cracks in the built-in motor mount. I've rebuilt mine, and hopefully it will last. The propellor hits the rudder when it's pivoted up, so an extension to the mount would be useful. The motor doesn't sit very deeply in the water, and thus in rough water the prop gasps for air pretty regularly.

-> Starboard chainplate is attached to settee back with two wood screws, and when it pulls up it will cause the deck to bow and craze. I'm still fixing this one.

-> Original deck hardware is not bedded properly, and is backed only with small washers. I'll be redoing that as well.

-> portlights leak after a bit; I've seen quite a few with silicone sealer around the stbd aft
frame.

-> Not a lot of useable storage. The settee lockers are open to the bilge, so you don't want to keep your crackers or jockey shorts in there. Cooler under the stairs is pretty handy, but the one up front is a bit inconvenient for cooking.

-> Galley could use more work space.

-> Tough to find a place for a pair of Goup 27 deep cycles. Mine are living in the settee lockers, well-affixed to the bulkhead.

-> Aft berth is not popular, due to limited head room. I'm using mine to sleep sideways, although the starboard side can provide a reasonable single berth. Will be converting much of the port quarter to storage.

-> Tiny cockpit locker.

-> No deck locker for ground tackle on pre-1979 boats, but this translates to a much roomier v-berth, so I don't think that's a big minus.

-> No traveler, which would be helpful going to windward or to depower the main in a big blow, but this is an easy retrofit.

-> Companionway extends below the cockpit seats, so if your cockpit gets truly flooded you'll take on quite a load below unless you have a couple of boards in and made fast.

-> The enclosed head is best used with the door open, unless you're a contortionist or a privacy freak. The toughest part is getting various articles of clothing arranged before and after the event.

-> Standard Barlow 15 single speed jib winches are pretty minimal. In anything over 15 knots my wife can't deal with the 150% genny using them. Some two speeders would be welcome.

All in all, I love the boat, and am looking forward to warmer weather and more predictable winds so that every trip out isn't a potential survival experience. You can visit Windward at http://windward.lizards.net The site's under construction, but I've got a scad of digital photos of all the renovation work in various stages of completion.


Update 15 Dec 2003 -- Windward Redux

Following an extensive period on the hard, Windward's back in action. The seven month long maintenance festivities included thorough drying, blister repair using West Systems products, 8 barrier coats, bottom paint, rebedding all through hulls and replacing hoses, rudder replacement (using a slick unit from IDASailor), swing keel trunk repair, reinforcement of cockpit and lazarette sole, reinforcement of chainplates, rebedding all deck hardware, painting the hull and cockpit, sanding and varnishing all brightwork, replacing the wheel with a tiller and installation of a 9.9 HP, electric start, remote control Chrysler Sailor 250 outboard.

Also learned that one must be very careful where the pads go when she's on stands. I ended up blocking the keel shoe and using 9 stands to spread the stress and avoid dimpling the hull. For really rough use, I think some stringers and/or bulkheads would be well-advised modifications.

Only sailed her a couple of times since she's been relaunched, but the new rudder greatly reduces weather helm, providing a much better balance. With the tiller I have much better feel for what the boat wants to do, which makes it easier for me to play the main to keep her on her feet.

Ditching the wheel also opened up the stern berth, since I no longer need the large quadrant, pulleys or cables.

And the new red paint is just plain beautiful.

After a solo sail of 27 nautical miles last Saturday, with winds gusting to around 25 knots and temps in the 30s to low 40s, I once again remember why I love my Chrysler! No other boat less than 27 feet at our dock offers the overall comfort -- headroom, elbow room and private space below decks -- ease of handling and all around fun. Comfy for the family for a weekend, easy to solo even in a real blow.
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