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Grampian 26
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Description: Grampian 26
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Location: maryland
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Review Date: Thu February 6, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Extremely strong hull. Capable of good speed with some mods to rigging. Lots of head and locker room - much space for cruising equipment additions. Great first boat - in Canadian great lakes can be had for $8 - $20K. I have completed a full restoration of mine including: all electrical, plumbing, diesel engine rebuild, teak refinishing and rigging. This year I will paint the topsides.
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Review Date: Wed April 23, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Strong comfortable boat
Deep dry cockpit
Versitile
Cabin a little cramped but can be modified
Very happy with boat
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Review Date: Wed May 7, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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My grampian was purchased in a very distressed condition from an owner who had sailed her on LAke Winnepesauke for over 15 years. Despite extensive water damage to the interior from leaking deck hardware seals, the boat cleaned up extraordinarily well. She is a very good sailor and sailed wonderfully with her masthead sloop rigged with just a big 165 genoa. While fit and finish is only fair the hull lamintion is extremely strong. I found deck softness in the cockpit and much to my chagrin discovered the coring material was cardboard!!!! (The hull is solid). The 6' headroom in the salon is great though it is quite a narrow cabin sole.

My only issue with her was that she was outboard powered. Weighing nearly 8000LBS, this made docking quite an adventure.
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Review Date: Sun September 7, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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With the tall rig, she has been quite a sailer. Cruising the Pacific Northwest has been an unprecidented joy. The accomodations are spartan for four, but for a cruising couple, I would definitely recommend one. I have raced her and passed everyone in my class and some others, so she is quite fast. (clocked at 9 kn). Thanks for inquiring

John
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Review Date: Thu December 11, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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A fantastic cruising boat at any price. Very strong and seaworthy. The boat provides 6' 2" head room and comfortably sleeps four to five adults. They sail fast and are quite stiff in a blow. The bulkheads should be glassed in for strength, they were not at the factory. Easy to upgrade most anything due to easy access to hardware fittings. Great boat for any one who wants to cruise and not have to pay dockage for a big boat. At 26' this boat has as much room as some thirty footers.
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Review Date: Sun March 1, 1998 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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I've sailed mine on Lake Michigan for 12 years, sometimes in 8-9 foot waves. Hull construction is quite strong, though not as thick as I had thought. When I made a through-hull cutout for a depthsounder transducer, I was surprised that the laminate was only about 1/4 to 3/8 inch thick just aft of and to the starboard side of the keel. This means that the hull will "oilcan" (flex) when placed on a cradle, if the hull supports are bearing much of the weight. Despite this, I've never had any problems with the hull. Portions of the deck are cored with what appears to be balsa, and when saturated this has the consistency of wet cardboard. So it pays to keep deck fittings very well sealed. The boat sails quite stiffly, and can take a lot of pounding. I added a heavy weather jib to my sail inventory, and found that it extended the conditions under which I could sail markedly. The boat handles very well under heavy weather jib and reefed main. Cabin room is great for a boat this size. I've been quite satisfied.
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Review Date: Mon July 6, 1998 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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BOAT IS FAST UNDER THE POWER OF THE ATOMIC 4 ENGINE OR SAIL.JUST WITH JIB ALONE THE BOAT MOVES.I TELL ALL THAT ITS A PERFORMANCE CRUISER.THE INTERIOR SPACE IS GREAT 6FT STANDING HEADROOM.THE ONLY DRAWBACK IS THE COCKPIT DRAINS ARE TO CLOSE TO THE WATER SO THAT WATER COMES IN WHILE MOTORING.A COUPLE PLUGS WHEN MOTORING IS ALL THATS REQUIRED.WHEN DONE FOR THE WEEKEND I PULL THE PLUGS OUT,SO THE COCKPIT WILL DRAIN.I HAVE TILLER STEERING BUT WOULD LIKE TO ADD A WHEEL.CONTACT ME IF YOU HAVE DONE THIS OR ANY QUESTIONS.
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Review Date: Mon July 6, 1998 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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BOAT IS FAST UNDER THE POWER OF THE ATOMIC 4 ENGINE OR SAIL.JUST WITH JIB ALONE THE BOAT MOVES.I TELL ALL THAT ITS A PERFORMANCE CRUISER.THE INTERIOR SPACE IS GREAT 6FT STANDING HEADROOM.THE ONLY DRAWBACK IS THE COCKPIT DRAINS ARE TO CLOSE TO THE WATER SO THAT WATER COMES IN WHILE MOTORING.A COUPLE PLUGS WHEN MOTORING IS ALL THATS REQUIRED.WHEN DONE FOR THE WEEKEND I PULL THE PLUGS OUT,SO THE COCKPIT WILL DRAIN.I HAVE TILLER STEERING BUT WOULD LIKE TO ADD A WHEEL.CONTACT ME IF YOU HAVE DONE THIS OR ANY QUESTIONS.
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Review Date: Thu December 3, 1998 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Happy with boat. Seems to perform well in most conditons. Began racing her this year and have done surprising well even against much newer designs. Would appreciate any tips on tweaking the boat for speed. Previous owner stepped the mast ahead. Has anyone tried this?
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Registered: February 2003
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Review Date: Mon February 17, 2003 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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We boat "Matin Calme" (Quiet Morning) in June 2001.

Strong boat, very forgiving,handle very well in strong wind (see below)good layout-Dinette- nice cruiser to sleep 2 or 3 adults and 2 young kids for the w-e or 2 for longer.

After the main has been shredded in a storm I set up a smaller one but full battened; the boat is better balanced with less weather helm. Height in the cabin 6' and size of the cockpit ideal for sailing as having friend in port.

Shredded main 18 mths ago in a sudden blow on the Californian coast (wind and Ocean built up in less than 20 minutes to a 30/35 knots wind,waves were 8/10 feet deep and 15 to 25 feet short during 6 hours. We handle well however with our main shredded and only the self tacking jib and the outboard 9.9 hp. The cockpit is however well protected. As another owner wrotes it needs 2 plugs in the drains as under power sea water as a tendency to penetrate the cockpit(detail) My new main is a free foot one and full batten).
Good strong, reliable and forgiving boat for new sailors.

We have the best "souvenir" of a cruise of 2 weeks to Catalina Island from and back to Ventura Harbor.

If any question you can call me at: (310) 880-9396
Christian & Whajung Alexandre
Los Angeles,CA
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Review Date: Tue May 9, 2006 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $3,250.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Speed, Strength, Stiff Sailing & Roomy
Cons: Old-fashioned cabin layout, economy-level trim

This boat won't turn many heads - until you pass other boats! The G-26 is surprisingly fast - on Lake Michigan I've often taken on Catalina 30's successfully (no handicap). The G-26 is easy to sail and very forgiving, so that even a novice can quickly be comfortable with it. The high ratio of keel weight to overall displacement makes her quite stiff. This boat points reasonably well (especially with a backstay adjuster) and can take full sail in 20 kt. + winds. Add to this the fact that, though not fancy, her cabin is quite roomy with plenty of headroom and a real head, plenty of room in the cockpit and the largest V-berth I have slept in short of a 35' boat and you have a very fun, comfortable, and affordable small cruiser. I LOVE my G-26 (Dulcinea, Muskegon, MI)!
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Patbarbeau

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Registered: July 2008
Location: St-Bruno, Québec
Posts: 20
Review Date: Fri July 25, 2008 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: 6' headroom, large cockpit, forgiving but relatively fast, good first boat, reassuring, solid hull, afordable
Cons: none found yet

I bought my G26 for about $12,000 cdn this summer (first sailboat) and I just love it. No problem encountered at all yet and a really good boat to learn sailing. Many upgrades possible and many planned already after discussions with friends at the marina! I fully recommend this model to anyone looking for a solid, safe but fast small sailboat!

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"Gromit", 1975 Grampian 26
St-Lawrence river, Québec
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