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post #4 of Old 04-12-2008
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Well, the calendar says it's after April 1st, so I'll post an answer.

Someone has an old brochure at The Luger Sailboat Mooring - The Tradewinds 26

Here's what jumps out at me:

Ballast: 750 lbs outside hull in swing keel, including 335 lbs lead. Weight: Complete boat, ready to sail, including swing keel, 2,600 lbs.
In comparison, the Catalina Capri-26 had displacement of 5250 lbs and ballast of 1900 lbs.

A while ago I found an old Luger Boats catalog. The recurring theme was that their boats (all kits) were designed and built as cheap as possible. Given that they sold a 26 foot boat that weighed half as much as an inexpensive production boat, you know it's not going to be a very strong, or stable sailboat.

The Catalina might qualify as a coastal cruiser. The Luger 26 is probably OK for sheltered water day sailing.


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